Qualify as a primary school teacher in just one year
School Direct is a great opportunity if you’ve graduated but want train to teach within a school environment.
The Primary School Direct route is a full-time, school-based programme that runs over one year. You will need to apply directly to a school that will train you in partnership with the University.
You’ll get the opportunity to work in a school and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education qualification at the University. You will need to apply directly to a school that will train you in partnership with the University.
After successful completion, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so that you can begin working as a teacher in a primary school.
On this course you will:
- Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
- You’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught at university.
- Gain a PGCE qualification so you’ll be a qualified teacher in just one year.
- Feel the support of a mentor and link tutor who will work with you throughout the course.
Develop your knowledge and understanding of primary teaching
Our diverse and enhanced course has the core aim of training the next generation of inspiring and passionate teachers, who have a passion to teach primary school children.
You will spend a statutory number of days at the university with the remainder of your time spent within alliance schools.
The essentials of the course are:
- 25 days minimum requirement in university for subject study and professional studies
- 3 academic assignments at Master’s level
- The training programme runs from September
- Phased teaching timetable
- Alliance training and professional support
- Second school contrasting placement
The programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools, who will support you throughout the year.
You will cover areas including:
- Curriculum knowledge and pedagogy in English, Mathematics, Science and Foundation Subjects
- 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
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Teaching and Assessment
Develop your full potential as a future teacher
You will spend a required minimum 25 days in university for subject study and professional studies, with the remainder of your time spent in your role within a local school.
The programme is delivered full-time over the school year with training delivered by experienced university tutors and teachers.
To gain your Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the course, you will be assessed against the national Teachers’ Standards.
In addition, you will write three assignments as part of your attainment of a final PGCE qualification.
Discover dedicated facilities that help support your learning
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Over 20,000 classroom resources available to use on placement
You will gain access to our dedicated library of teaching material and find thousands of classroom resources that you can borrow.
From posters to books, classroom kits to DVDs, our library of resources has options for all ages and needs.
Find resources that fit a variety of age ranges whether you are teaching early years, primary, or secondary aged children
Our collection of visual resources includes everything from model skeletons, fluffy toys, dress up outfits and replica war artefacts.
A wide range of posters are available on a number of topics to enhance visual displays at your school or nursery
Discover a large selection of French and Spanish books to aid students looking to teach modern foreign languages.
Borrow a large sized book to ensure that everyone in your class can see the pictures.
Choose from our large variety of picture books to share with your class.
Short stories and fiction
Our selection of short stories for the end of the day, or to link to a major calendar event (e.g. Christmas, Halloween). We also have a large collection of longer fiction titles.
Take the first steps towards your career within primary education
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 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.
Course fees 2023/24
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.
Course specific costs
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
- You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession.
- Satisfactory occupational health and enhanced DBS check required.
- We will consider applicants who are taking the relevant GCSEs whilst applying.
- We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course, however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualification we may accept.
We pride ourselves on the interview experience. You’ll learn about the University and the course while we learn more about you and see your potential to teach.
The interview will be made up of typically these elements:
- Registration, DBS and qualification checks
- Presentation from a university tutor
- Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
- Formal interview at school
Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.