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PGCE School Direct Pathway (Primary 3-7 and Primary 5-11 Years)

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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

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  • Last Updated

    16 January 2018

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Course overview

UCB’s School Direct course is run in conjunction with Wilson Stuart School and Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching Schools Alliance. This course differs from our PGCE primary QTS route as the majority of your training will be spent in your work placement and you will attend university only one day per week. 

You will work in a school environment for four days per week and attend UCB for one day per week. As well as choosing which primary age group you would like to teach (3-7 years or 5-11 years), you will havethe opportunity to choose whether you specialise in mainstream or special education needs teaching.  

School Direct is an alternative route into teaching. This school-led approach is designed to enable schools and accredited Initial Teacher Training providers to work together to provide high quality training to develop high quality teachers. 

University College Birmingham works in close partnership with a number of schools in developing this course. With our partners we offer two School Direct routes, the salaried route and the tuition fee route.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will be able to teach in a primary and early years environment for four days a week, continuing to build on your practical teaching experience.
  • You will be able to efficiently manage a curriculum, deal with a range of professional issues and critically evaluate the principles of teaching.
  • You will be able to increase your career prospects and employment opportunities.
  • You will get high quality support throughout the course as you develop your professional career
  • By studying both the theoretical and practical elements of teaching, you will develop a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to teach in a primary school environment. 

Visit the PGCE School Direct Pathway (Primary 3-7 and Primary 5-11 Years) page on the University College Birmingham website for more details!




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