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School Direct (Primary/Secondary) PGCE with QTS

University of Huddersfield · School of Education and Professional Development

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • 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
  • You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme
  • 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 2020.

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.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Application to the PGCE via an SKE route: If your degree qualification does not meet our normal entrance requirements, you can apply and may be offered a place conditional on the successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme (SKE).

Entry Requirements for this are:

  • A minimum of a 2.2 (Hons) Degree with some subject specific content linked to the subject you are applying to. (If you’ve got an overseas degree, we’ll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution).
  • An A level (or equivalent) in the subject, normally at a grade C above. (For Biology/Chemistry/Physics applications, a second A level in one of the sciences would be required).
  • The ability to complete an SKE programme (this may be up to 28 weeks).

All other entrance requirements remain the same.

Months of entry

January, April, September

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| https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/school-led-training].

Why 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.

The following places are available with our partner Teaching Schools and alliances:

[Trinity Teaching School Alliance|http://www.trinitytsa.co.uk/school-direct/] []Primary []Art and Design []Biology []Business Studies []Chemistry []Computer Science []Design and Technology []Drama []English []Geography []History []Mathematics []Modern Foreign Languages []Music []Physical Education []Physics []Physics and Maths []Religion and Education

[West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance|http://www.wyta.co.uk/get-into-teaching/] []Primary []Art and Design []Biology []Business Studies []Chemistry []Computer Science []Design and Technology []Drama []English []Geography []History []Mathematics []Modern Foreign Languages []Music [*]Physics

[New College Pontefract|http://nctsa.uk/itt/] []Biology []Chemistry []English []Mathematics [*]Physics

[Learners First|http://www.learnersfirst.net/dt_benefits/school-direct-1/] [*]Primary

[St Chad's Church of England School|http://www.sanctuarylc.org/] [*]Primary

Fees and funding

Please check our website for fee information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1484 478249