Taught course

PGCE School Direct Pathway

University College Birmingham · School of Education and Community

Entry requirements

Salaried route - A 2.1 Honours degree with at least three years working experience.

Tuition fee route - A 2.2 Honours degree with relevant experience of working with children e.g. from placements or voluntary/paid work in schools.

You need to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in english, maths and a science subject and pass a skill test in english and maths.

UCB welcomes a range of degree disciplines such as early childhood studies, childhood studies, education studies, psychology, sociology, english, mathematics, dance, drama, performing art, sports or similar.

Months of entry


Course content

If you have a desire to make a difference and arm children with the skills and knowledge they need to enhance their own career prospects, but are keen to be at the heart of the classroom throughout your studies, this route is for you.

Our School Direct course is quite unique to the traditional PGCE primary QTS route and perfect for those who want to do the majority of their training in a real-life setting.

For this course, you will train at either one of our partner schools, which include Wilson Stuart School and Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching Schools Alliance, and will only attend university one day a week, with four days right at the heart of things.

Whether you aspire to work in a mainstream school or one for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), this will start your journey in a profession which boasts a competitive salary, generous pension and financial support while training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)121 604 1040