Taught course

PGCE School Direct Initial Teacher Education

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

A relevant first degree from a UK higher education institution with a degree classification of 2.1 or above (exceptions may be made for shortage subjects), or an equivalent recognised qualification; GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (Essential); satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence and literacy competence (your needs will be discussed at the interview stage); 10 or more days observation in school (essential); disclosure required.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Chester is working with a number of leading partnership schools to educate teachers through the new School Direct programme.

The intention of School Direct is for leading schools to recruit and educate candidates in subject and age phases most in need of employment and choose how the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme should be delivered in partnership with the University.

There are two routes available via the School Direct programme. School Direct (Fee) and School Direct (Salaried).

  • School Direct (Fee) is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the candidate.
  • School Direct (Salaried) is open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience; candidates will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All School Direct places will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and subject to negotiation with partnership schools, will also lead to a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE) validated by the University.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PGCE Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000