Taught course

PGCE School Direct - Primary and Secondary

University of Roehampton · School of Education

Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners; contact details can be found on the individual programme page. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award.

To find out more about Entry Requirements please visit - www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/entry-requirements/

Months of entry


Course content

“Outstanding" awarded by Ofsted for Initial Teacher Training (ITE) primary age courses - The University of Roehampton London has secured an "Outstanding" rating from Ofsted for its initial teaching education (ITE) primary age courses. The University's primary-age phase courses, that currently have 673 trainees, scored "Outstanding" for overall effectiveness, quality of education and training, leadership, and management in a 2023 report.

What is School Direct?

Lead Partner Route is a government-led initiative that seeks to place schools at the centre of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Working with University of Roehampton, our partner schools take a leading role in recruiting trainee teachers and in designing and delivering the training programme.

There are two possible routes if you are thinking of training via Lead Partner Route:

Lead Partner Route (salaried)

This is open to high quality graduates, often to people coming to teaching from other careers. Applications are made to individual schools or alliances of schools. The schools pay a salary based on that of an unqualified teacher but there is no government bursary paid for secondary specialisms that attract a bursary for those on the tuition fee route. Trainees carry out training both at Roehampton and within their school alliance.

Lead Partner Route (tuition fee)

This route is open to all high quality graduates. Applications are made to individual schools or alliances of schools. The trainee can receive a bursary from the government at a level determined by the subject/phase of training and the trainee's degree class. Trainees carry out training at Roehampton and within their school alliance.

Both routes lead to a PGCE with 60 Master's credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 Masters level credits. You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in the school that you have applied to and there will also be a shorter placement in another school which will add breadth to the experience.

Information for international students

International students | University of Roehampton, London

Fees and funding

UK students

Financial support – postgraduate students (UK) | University of Roehampton, London

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)20 8392 3232