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  • Course Duration

    1 year Full Time

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  • Last Updated

    24 November 2016

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

This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.
University-based training sessions take place at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days towards the end of the course. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead 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 formally six times a year 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):

Art and Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Design and Technology
Health and Social Care
Modern Languages
Performing Arts - Dance
Performing Arts - Drama
Physical Education
Religious Education
Social Sciences
LJMU has Secondary School Direct partnerships with:

Bolingbroke Excellence Alliance
Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance
Fazakerley High School, Liverpool
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 set areas of study.
PGCE students will study:

Developing Reflective Professional Practice
Learning Teaching and Assessment
Subject Pedagogy
PGDE students will also study:

Pedagogy in Practice
Professional Practice

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. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Visit the School Direct Secondary Initial Teacher Training with QTS page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!





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