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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year Full Time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    Contact Faculty

  • Last Updated

    03 October 2018

Course content

Take the School Direct route into secondary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.

  • Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term
  • Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools
  • Learn from expert teachers
  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher in one of the excellent schools across Merseyside
  • Gain experience of teaching in the 11-16 range with enhancement opportunities Post 16

This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.

Although you will spend the majority of time in school, the School Direct programmes at LJMU include University-based training sessions which take place at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school at the end of August, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days or full weeks of training. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School. Two of our School Direct programmes at Knutsford and Turton are delivered off site at the schools by LJMU staff. Trainees on these programmes are still expected to attend the Summer School.

As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.

This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Your personal tutor will meet with you to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.

The following Secondary programmes are available for School Direct (tuition fee) but details of available subjects can be found via UCAS:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Performing Arts - Dance
  • Performing Arts - Drama
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Education
  • Social Sciences

LJMU has Secondary School Direct partnerships with:

  • Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance
  • Knutsford Academy, Cheshire
  • The Heath School, Runcorn
  • Turton Secondary School, Manchester
  • Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance, Wirral​

You can search all subjects offered through LJMU School Direct routes via the UCAS Teacher Training search pages.

The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:

  • developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
  • critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
  • promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs of all learners
  • informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils' learning

Further guidance

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.


Visit the School Direct Initial Teacher Training (non-salaried) - Secondary page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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