Taught course

Primary - School Direct (Training)

University of Wolverhampton · Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

A UK-recognised Honours Degree, (preferably 2:1 or above) in a National Curriculum subject. GCSE grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science) or equivalent. You will be required to provide evidence of your GCSE qualifications at interview. At time of submission and you must also have a good level of IT skills. At time of submission you should have recent experience in a UK primary school, with exposure to Key Stage One and Key Stage Two and the day-to-day working of primary teachers, as well as explicit evidence of interaction with primary age children.(Minimum of 40 days in both Key Stages One and Two = 20 days in Key Stage One and 20 days in Key Stage Two – at least 20 days experience must be during the last academic year). This experience must be in a mainstream school. Other educational settings, for example, SEN / Nursery / Sure Start / any form of extra-curricular coaching will not contribute towards the 40 days.

Months of entry


Course content

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

It is a one-year course that trains you to teach children from 5-11 years - if successful, you will be recommended to theNational College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is worth 60 Masters-level credits.

You focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2.

It is practically based, with a strong theoretical back up - it will also make you fully aware of recent educational developments such the National Primary Strategy and Every Child Matters.

Learning is through experience, exploration and research, and is technology supported - you will also be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.

All modules will provide examples of good teaching practice, and you will be expected to actively participate in your own learning and development.

You will undertake three placements, in two different schools, supported by a school-based tutor and a University tutor.

Information for international students

Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Please contact the University of Wolverhampton directly.
0800 953 3222