This initial teacher training programme enables lead schools to choose the provider they want to work with. These schools play a key role in recruiting and selecting trainees and they work with the University to provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status. Applicants apply direct to a lead school and undertake their placements within the lead school’s partnership. Partnerships may include a mix of primary, special and secondary schools.
Following successful completion of this 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham.
There are two routes currently being offered:
School Direct students pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham and may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £25,000 School Direct (salaried) is normally for graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Students are employees of their schools and are paid a salary. The University does not charge fees for this route.
The University of Birmingham is working with the local lead schools to recruit and train teachers on programmes starting in September 2016 on the School Direct route.
In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have: A UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. A GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics. A GCSE grade C or above in a science if you are applying to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7–14). Passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
Recipient: University of Birmingham
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