Taught course

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Economics

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an Economics-related subject.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Economics PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

This programme prepares students to teach Economics across the 14-19 age range in a flexible and engaging way. Tutors promote interactive learning and a collaborative ethos is encouraged.

Teaching on the Economics PGCE is delivered by skilled classroom practitioners who have extensive experience in teaching economics and business, as well as in school leadership, educational research and consultancy and practical experience from industry.

Students participate in lectures and seminars designed to enhance their development as teachers. These interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management and subject-specific pedagogy.

We offer placements through our partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond, which enable each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher.

Full-time: 1 year;

Fees and funding

Fee UK/EU Full-time: GBP9,250; Overseas Full-time: GBP16,340;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement at the host school or alliance. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, assignments and a portfolio (which links into continuing professional development in the induction year).

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214