Taught course

PGCE School Direct Pathway

University College Birmingham · School of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements

Salaried route

2.1 Honours degree with at least three years working experience.

Tuition fee route

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.

Professional skills test and DBS

Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2015 will be required to pass the professional skills tests before starting their course. Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and have passed the tests before we can select you for interview.

If you would like to speak to someone about the skills tests, contact the Professional Skills Tests candidate help desk. The helpdesk can be reached on 0845 450 8867, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Alternatively email any queries to skillstests@pearson.com.

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Applying for the professional skills test

It’s important that you are equipped with the right information before booking, and bring with you the right documents when attending the skills test centres. Any candidates that do not follow the below process will be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests.

Booking the skills test:

You can book your skills test once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

What you need to bring:

Two forms of identification - a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.

You'll also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. Evidence that will be accepted:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information please visit the STA website or the Get into Teaching website.

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.

Fees and funding

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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