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School Direct – Primary

We are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.  Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

There are two separate School Direct training options:

  • School Direct Training Programme (salaried) and School Direct Training Programme (tuition fee) both of which lead to QTS.
  • Both routes offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)  - Masters level qualification (up to 60 credits)

Course content

It is a full-time programme that runs over one year.  The course enables you to develop your skills of critical analysis and engage with educational research at the same time as developing practical classroom skills.

You will spend up to 28 days at the University with the remainder of your time spent within alliance schools.

The tuition fee for this course in 2017/18  is £9250.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your study. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans

Schools and Alliances: The facilities available through your school and alliance will be explained by alliance colleagues.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a primary school teacher.  At the end of the year upon satisfactory completion of the programme, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in alliance schools. 

Indicative modules

  • Child development
  • Teaching and Learning styles
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Curriculum design
  • Core and wider curriculum subject study
  • Introduction to theory and practice of Inclusion
  • Engaging with research
  • Critical thinking
  • Behaviour for Learning models
  • Development of school based research and methodology
  • Reflective Practice
  • Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness
  • Motivation – engagement and expectancy models
  • Voice Coaching
  • Diversity, Culture, Myths, EAL, Homophobia
  • SEND – Including Speech and Language, Dyslexia, Autism
  • Characteristics of an effective teacher
  • Learning environment
  • Positive Behaviour
  • Pupil tracking, marking, assessment
  • Pupil premium
  • Closing the gap

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered full-time over the school year with training delivered by university tutors and teachers within each alliance. The training covers both Professional Studies and Subject Study.

  • Assessment of QTS is against the Teachers’ Standards.
  • Assessment of the PGCE is through 3 written assignments

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Additional Costs

DBS check

School Direct applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20. (Salaried trainees have their DBS check through their employing school)

Costs incurred during the programme

Whilst on the programme appropriate professional dress will be required.

Trainees may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use as schools are not required to provide these. 

There will be travel costs associated with travel to:

  • university based sessions
  • alliance based training sessions
  • school (lead school, second school and any additional experience arranged by the alliance)

 PGCE for salaried trainees

Some alliances may request that salaried trainees contribute to the funding of the PGCE study.

Places still available

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Course length

Full Time