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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

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  • Last Updated

    14 August 2019

Train as a teacher in school settings. Share your love of learning. Qualify to teach in any school in England or Wales.

Overview

PGCE School Direct is a unique school led route that provides exciting opportunities for you to train though work based learning, as a teacher, in a school. There are two routes available within School Direct:

Salaried route

If you have a degree and three or more years’ experience of work, you can choose to train as a teacher at a school instead of at a university. You’ll graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and you can choose to specialise in either Primary or Secondary teaching.

As well as receiving a salary, you won’t have to pay tuition fees, as these will be covered by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Tuition route

If you have a degree you can choose to train as a teacher at a school via this school led route supported by the university. You’ll graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and you can choose to specialise in either Primary or Secondary teaching.

Course Structure

The training you receive will take place at both your school and the University of Sunderland. You will usually spend one full day a week at the University of Sunderland, plus induction days and review weeks. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work.

Work-based learning will be based in your school. You will usually have a phase/subject trainer and a generic trainer. You will be assessed with written work and assessment of your teaching practice.

This School Direct (Tuition) Post Graduate Certificate of Education degree awards you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

PGCE Course content:

  • Negotiated study (Foundation Subjects/Enrichment Subject (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Development of Professional Learning: Case Study (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Subject Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (30 credits)

Facilities

Tuition route

This course will mostly be based in the school that employs you, supported by time spent in a second school to develop your teaching and allow you to experience a diverse range of teaching opportunities. You’ll be supported by Sunderland’s experienced trainers, as well as having a school-based subject and a generic trainer. Your school will be able to give you more information about the specific support that they will provide for you.

Salaried route

This course will be based in the school that employs you. You’ll be supported by Sunderland’s experienced trainers, as well as having a school-based subject and a generic trainer. Your school will be able to give you more information about the specific support that they will provide for you.

Employment & careers

This course awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

One of the benefits to schools taking part in this initiative is that they can develop their own teaching and leadership talent. As a result, the majority of graduates go on to work at the school they partnered with on the course.

School Direct provides you with the opportunity to work closely with schools in order to gain your teaching qualification. 

We work in partnership with approximately 60 schools on our School Direct course, across primary and secondary settings. Each of these schools is part of a School Direct Alliance, which is led by a Lead school. 

You will apply to a School Direct Alliance and following a successful interview, you could be placed in one of their ‘Host schools’.

View our School Direct Web Map for a list of partnership schools.


Visit the School Direct (Salaried and Tuition Fees) - PGCE page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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