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PGCE Primary/Secondary: School Direct (QTS)

Course Description

The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University.

School Direct places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with NTU. The schools involved have an excellent history of involvement in teacher training and a long history of supporting trainees to become confident and effective teachers.

You can apply to more than one school with School Direct and you apply directly through UCAS. Interview and selection will be conducted by both staff from NTU’s School of Education and from the school.

At the University you will study for the same award as other postgraduate teacher trainees except that the delivery will have more emphasis on being trained within a school environment and will involve more staff from schools:

1. PGCE: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credit points at Masters level)

Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a postgraduate qualification.

You will be a registered student with NTU and your qualification will be an NTU award. This means that NTU has responsibility for the quality of your training and you will benefit from the combined expertise of the University and lead placement school. The exact form of the delivery of the year will depend on the school to which you apply.


You will work within the school or group of schools to which you applied. You may also be expected to spend time in a range of other key stages, or schools to observe best practice and expand your practical experience.

Places available

We are working with a large number of schools in the East Midlands area. Check our website, or the UCAS Teacher Training site for all the schools and teaching subjects available.

Visit the PGCE Primary/Secondary: School Direct (QTS) page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Amanda Maclellan

My host school (The Minster School, Southwell) is an 'outstanding' school with high expectations in out of the classroom. Being partnered with NTU has secured me in knowing I would complete the course to a very high standard, having worked alongside talented teachers and practitioners.
My NTU teacher training coordinator has been to observe me twice this year and has given me endless feedback on my progress which has proved extremely useful when getting me through the course. An understanding that the teaching staff were once in our position unpins their helpful and constantly reassuring nature. I also attended sessions after school to learn about the wider context of the school such as SEND, healthy and safety, and behaviour.

I come to the University every Monday for the day to take part in lectures, seminars and to share ideas with others trainees. This is where the foundations of your pedagogy are laid. I also log into NOW, NTU's online workspace, every day. Without this facility I would not have had such close contact with my tutors, even when at school. I also use it to check emails, use the resources on the Learning Rooms and submit assignments / access feedback.

My tips for someone on the School Direct course? Every day is a new day so smile loads and throw yourself in there. Always make sure you are prepared, organised and have had a good night’s sleep. Drink plenty of water and eat breakfast! If you have a full day begin and end every lesson positively and take the opportunity to get to know the kids.

Work-based training has definitely been the more informative route into teaching for me. I have learnt how to become part of a team and work towards a shared goal in the department.

NTU is a great place to be. What you put into it, you will get out of it, so go for it!


Entry Requirements

a good UK honours degree or equivalent: for Secondary, preferably a minimum 2.2 in the subject you wish to teach; for Primary, preferably a minimum of 2.1 in a subject which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum; GCSE English, Mathematics (and Science for Primary) at minimum grade C or equivalent , gained prior to applying; a Disclosure and Barring Service check; Professional Skills Tests. You must pass the DBS and Skills Test before enrolling.

Course Fees

Please see our website for current course fees

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