Taught course

School Direct (Primary/Secondary) PGCE with QTS

University of Huddersfield · Department of Initial Teacher Education

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above). For secondary, 50% of your degree should be in the subject you wish to teach.
  • A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in English and Mathematics. If you are applying for primary teaching, you must also have a science GCSE grade C or above.
  • Evidence of experience working or supporting in schools.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English.
  • You must have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start your initial teacher training course. Please note that you must have registered for the tests before we offer you an interview.
  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44). You don't need to do anything before you apply.
  • A satisfactory interview.
  • All conditions must be met by 31 August 2017 (please allow extra time for Skills Test retakes).
  • These are the usual entry requirements; however if you have older or different qualifications don't be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
  • If you have a degree from overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, together with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution to enable us to check if it reaches the UK 2:2 degree classification level.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Huddersfield is pleased to be the training provider for a number of our primary and secondary school partners who offer school-led training through School Direct. As a School Direct trainee you'll have the opportunity to work as part of the teaching team in the alliance of schools to which you've applied from day one. Your chosen alliance will be involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development throughout the programme. School Direct trainees also benefit from studying with other trainees at the University of Huddersfield on our university-led PGCE programmes. Both routes have the same entry requirements, lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 90 Masters level credits.

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a teacher, then studying our PGCE Primary or Secondary Education with QTS (School Direct) could be for you. Each course has been carefully negotiated with our school partners to enable trainees to benefit from the unique experiences available within their alliance.

A significant amount of your learning will take place within the alliance. You'll benefit from being able to learn from and observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary or secondary school setting. Our courses are designed to prepare you to teach pupils in a specific age range, with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression in the age phases before and after. Our School Direct Primary training will take place across the 3-7 and 5-11 age ranges and our School Direct Secondary training across the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (D348)
+44 (0) 1484 478249