School Direct – Secondary

Train in a school as a secondary school teacher

Train in a school as a secondary school teacher

1 year full-time
Bognor Regis Campus
  • Qualify as a secondary school teacher in just one year
  • Learn at a university with over 180 years' experience in teacher training
  • Gain a full PGCE qualification
lecturer teaching students science


Qualify as a secondary school teacher in just one year

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.

You’ll get the opportunity to train 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.

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.

After successful completion, you’ll be a qualified teacher in just one year

On this course you will:

  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
  • Train in a professional school environment.
  • Gain a PGCE qualification so you’ll be a qualified teacher in just one year.
  • Develop your competence and confidence by working within the classroom environment.

The Course

Develop your knowledge and understanding of secondary teaching

Course structure

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 spend a required minimum 25 days in university for subject study and professional studies, with the remainder of your time spent in your employed role within a local school.

The course runs from September until July, with an initial study period at university before you move into your teaching role.

You will cover areas including:

  • 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

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Subject specialisms include:

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

You will be able to choose from one of the above subjects in order to specialise your teaching.

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 university tutors and teachers within each alliance.

Our dedicated learning areas simulate real world classrooms, allowing you to become more familiar, confident and comfortable in teaching spaces ahead of your professional placements.

Many of our staff have a strong background within education and use their experience to inform their teaching, as the help your development into a professional and capable teacher.


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

Classroom Resources

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.


Take the first steps towards your career within primary education

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.

Course Costs

Course fees 2023/24

UK fee

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.


Entry Requirements

Honours degree
or above.
in both English Language and Maths.
7.0 overall
including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5.
  • 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 five elements:

  • Registration, DBS and qualification checks
  • Campus Tour (optional)
  • Presentation from a university tutor
  • Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
  • 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

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

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