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School Direct (Tuition fee)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The School Direct Tuition Fee route is a new path into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places. Trainees pay a course fee on this route and will join other student teachers on one of the established PGCE courses at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience in the host school or cluster.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 27 October 2015
Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled.

If you are offered a place on a Teacher Training programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS). A satisfactory certificate is a condition of entry to the programme, as we need to assess your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. Further information about the Enhanced Disclosure check and any related fees that you will need to pay will be provided in our offer letter, if your application to UCL is successful.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

Through seminars and studio-based activities, students will study the concepts, processes and skills of art, craft and design, sharing their knowledge and understanding with other student teachers, and considering how it relates to the secondary curriculum. Towards the end of the PGCE, students will build on their own practice by initiating a curriculum development project, and at a final exhibition, they will be able to display pieces of their work that represent their personal philosophy for art and design education.

- Core Modules

- Options

- Placement
All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. The relevant Lead School will make the arrangements for school experience.

Teaching and Learning

The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments, portfolio tasks and, for some subjects, practical projects. Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Eligibility: EU students

- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

- IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students

- IOE Fulbright
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Eligibility: Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers and heads of art and design departments in schools and colleges, while others have jobs as education officers in galleries and museums . Graduates in this area can also be found working as lecturers on art foundation courses.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education's partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.

Tutors on the Secondary PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy.

UCL Institute of Education provides excellent studio space and facilities, including a computing suite where students will learn about how information and communications technology (ICT) is used in art and design education.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
The Secondary PGCE full-time programme is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have the following background: graduates of recognised UK higher education institutions; those with a degree obtained outside the UK which is accepted by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) as an appropriate qualification; those with a qualification that gives graduate status and which is acceptable to UCL.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/ITE-apply .


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Visit the School Direct (Tuition fee) page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required.

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