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School Direct Secondary Initial Teacher Training with QTS

Course Description

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:
•Fazakerley High School, Liverpool
•Knutsford Academy, Cheshire
•Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College, Cheshire
•The Heath School, Runcorn
•Weatherhead Teaching School Alliance, Wirral

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!

Entry Requirements

Normally you will need:•a first degree of 2.2 or above (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1)•GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths •A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants

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