Taught course

Secondary (School Direct) with Qualified Teacher Status

University of Derby · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

If you’re passionate about embarking on a teaching career, our PGCE Secondary (School Direct) enables you to immerse yourself in practical experience from the outset. We have joined forces with a network of partner schools which work in clusters to support you on placement. You’ll be primarily based with these clusters, learning how to teach. You will also spend time at the University to develop your understanding of what it takes to be a great teacher.

With intensive support in the classroom and the guidance of University experts, you will be fully prepared for the practical demands of secondary teaching. This includes teaching your chosen subject.

During the course you will develop your ability to respond to the diverse needs of pupils to become an effective teacher in your subject. You’ll demonstrate the knowledge and understanding needed to ensure pupils progress throughout their secondary education by implementing the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Diane Willison