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SCHOOL DIRECT – SECONDARY

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One year, Full Time

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UK university for Education
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5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements: 

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher
  • GCSE in English language and mathematics at Grade 4/C or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • Satisfactory occupational health and enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

Fees:

Student view

Daniel, a Secondary MFL School Direct student
Daniel
School Direct Secondary (Modern Foreign Languages)

"Studying a School Direct has allowed me to have control and choose the school which I want to work in. Working at the school from September to July has allowed me to build long-lasting relationships with other teachers and students and has enabled me to be fully immersed within the school environment."

Course content

Course overview

The School Direct Secondary training route is a full-time, school-based programme that runs over one year. It offers the opportunity to work closely with a lead school and tutors from the university to develop your chosen secondary subject knowledge.

Subjects offered for Secondary include:

  • Dance
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (MFL)
  • Music
  • Physical Education 
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Alongside working in a specific school, great care is taken to find you a six-week placement in a second school. This will build your teaching skills by experiencing a contrasting setting and demographic.

You will work with a mentor from your school and a tutor from the University ensuring a bespoke programme, building up to 45% teaching in the first term to 80% by the end of the final term. The programme is assessed at Masters level with the opportunity to exit with 60 credits to be carried forward to a Masters degree in education.  By the end of the course, you are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Who is the course for?

School Direct is a great opportunity if you’ve graduated but want to work in a secondary school and train to teach at the same time. 

How will your time be split?

You will spend a statutory number of days at the university with the remainder of your time spent within alliance schools.

  • 25 days minimum requirement in university for subject study and professional studies
  • 3 academic assignments at Masters level
  • The training programme runs from September 
  • Phased teaching timetable
  • Alliance training and professional support
  • Second school contrasting placement

What are the benefits?

  • Salaried and Tuition fee places available - you can earn and train to teach at the same time
  • You'll be recruited and employed directly by a school
  • You'll be based in a school, but will also be taught at university
  • Our programme includes a PGCE qualification so you'll be a qualified teacher in just one year
  • A mentor and link tutor will work with you throughout the course making sure you're supported

Course start date

This course starts in September.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching resources

Education and teaching resources

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year upon satisfactory completion of the programme, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status alongside an academic award of PGCE or PgCE. You will then 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

The following modules or similar will be covered at University or at an alliance school:

  • Teaching and Learning styles
  • Literacy and Numeracy across the Curriculum
  • Reflective practice
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Professional Identity
  • Engaging with Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curriculum design
  • 14-19 provision
  • Emotional Intelligence, Motivation                  
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Voice and Communication                             
  • Research and assignment preparation
  • Diversity, Culture, Myths, EAL, Homophobia
  • SEND – including Speech and Language, Dyslexia, Autism,
  • Closing the Gap, Pupil premium        
  • Pastoral care
  • Lesson planning for your subject
  • Using ICT in your subject
  • Expectations.  More able, less able.  Challenging your perceptions of teaching your subject
  • Ways of learning in your subject
  • Assessment of learning, assessment for learning
  • Addressing issues of diversity
  • Transition from KS2, to post 16
  • National strategies and priorities

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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.

Meet our experts

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you

Assessment

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

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

INTERVIEW, DBS AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCE COSTS

Interview

We pride ourselves on the interview experience and want to have the opportunity to give you a clear understanding of what it would be like to study with us. The interview will be made up of different elements. We want you to learn as much about the University and the course as possible. We also want to learn more about you and see your potential to teach. Typically, there will be five parts to the process:

  1. Registration, DBS and qualification checks
  2. Campus Tour (optional)
  3. Presentation from a university tutor
  4. Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
  5. Paired interviews

Baseline audits

The baseline audit of skills will provide you with an opportunity to consider your strengths and areas for development in numeracy and literacy.

To help you prepare for the audits, head to BBC bitesize for support with the English and mathematics audits.

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. More information can be found under ‘Additional Costs’ on this page.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Throughout your course, you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport. Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our School Direct Team for more information.

How to apply

Applying to this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through UCAS Teacher Training. For more advice on how to apply, visit the UCAS website.

Personal statements tips

All applicants are required to write a personal statement and submit this with their application via UCAS Teacher Training. Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement tips from UCAS and the Government website.