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School Direct Training Programme (Secondary)

Course Description

School Direct programmes offer on-the-job training in schools and university-based courses.

Successful School Direct graduates frequently find employment within their training school or in another school that is part of the scheme. Job prospects are excellent with 9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers gaining employment within six months of completing training.

School Direct offers two types of training place:

The School Direct Training programme leads to a PGCE and qualified teacher status (QTS). The university supports mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, music, physical education and French subjects. A bursary may be available from the Department for Education and trainees can apply for financial support, such as tuition fee loans and student loans.

School Direct Training (Salaried) places are open to graduates with three years or more work experience (not necessarily in education). Trainees are employed as unqualified teachers with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The university can support the following subjects: maths, physics, biology, chemistry, MFL, music and PE.

The University of Greenwich is currently working in partnership with the following schools and providers for secondary School Direct training places:

- The Royal Greenwich Teaching Schools Alliance (St Ursula's Convent School, Greenwich, Plumstead Manor School, Thomas Tallis School, John Roan School, Eltham Hill School)

- Dunraven School, Streatham

- Trinity Church of England School, Belvedere

- Valentines School, Ilford

- St Angela's Ursuline Convent School, Forest Gate

- Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Saltwood

- Forest Hill School, Lewisham

- Northgate School, Edgware

- The Leigh Technology College, Dartford

- Woolwich Polytechnic School, Thamesmead.

All successful School Direct graduates will receive recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.

For more details of the programme and funding, visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/school-led-training.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to work with secondary school pupils

- To develop the professional values and practice needed to meet the broad demands of teaching.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/seced/sdtp

Education - Secondary

Our secondary education programme is for students who want to train to teach young people in secondary schools. The programme is a mixture of learning at the university together with periods of practical teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges.

What you'll study

- Professional E-Portfolio
- Professional Studies and School-Based Research
- School Experience
- Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 and 2

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also academic assignments for the PGCE.

Professional recognition

The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the School Direct Training Programme (Secondary) page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2.2 or above) from a UK university or equivalent in the relevant subject PLUS grade C at GCSE in English language and mathematics prior to application.

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