School Direct was introduced in 2012 and allows schools to recruit students onto teacher education courses run in collaboration with universities. To make sure you have a range of placement opportunities, schools work together in Teaching Alliances.
This course is made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to give you a broad range of experience - they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.
By the end of the course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and awarded a University of Leicester PGCE.
The School Direct Secondary PGCE is run in partnership with a range of partner schools. You can choose which school you would like to apply for and then submit your application through UCAS.
Each School Direct provider school will offer its own unique range of placement experiences and opportunities but will still share most, if not all, the Secondary PGCE Professional Studies Course with the students on our 'core' (University-led) Secondary Education PGCE course, giving you a great opportunity to share experience and practice with other students. Your subject studies will be undertaken together with core PGCE students.
For up to date information on our School Direct partners including contact details, please visit our School Direct pages.
Not sure which PGCE route is right for you? Have a look at our Routes into Teaching pages to find out more about PGCE, School Direct and SCITT routes.
2:1 degree for English, Geography, History or Social Science
2:2 degree for Maths, MFL, Sciences or RE
(We may, under exceptional circumstances, accept a Third if there are other very strong recommending features in your application.)
GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths.
A-levels (or equivalent) in relevant subjects
Although not essential, you may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching in a school setting, ideally relating to the age range/subject you wish to teach. When writing your application you should try to reflect on your experience and tell us what you learnt.
A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy
The application process for a PGCE is different from other postgraduate courses so please see our information on how to apply.
You should also read this advice for applicants before you apply.
Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.
All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.
English Language Requirements
You must have a GCSE Grade C in English Language. Please see our entry requirements (left) for more information.
Professional Studies Programme
The Professional Studies programme runs throughout the academic year and forms the core of the Secondary PGCE programme. It is compulsory for student teachers from all subject areas.
The Professional Studies programme will introduce you to a wide range of generic professional issues, organised into three strands that run throughout the PGCE year:
Academic Skills Development
In addition to the compulsory programme, you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional sessions. This allows you to tailor your training to meet your own needs as you develop as a teacher. Previous optional sessions have included:
Working with students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities
English as an Additional Language
You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our Partnership Schools. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse inner city and rural environments, with learners from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year.
The placements are referred to as 'Phase A' and 'Phase B' placements.
Your first placement is the 'Phase A' placement. After induction day you will spend about ten weeks in this school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school's Co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training and the subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement
During your 'Phase B' placement you will spend about twelve weeks in your second placement school. The Phase B school also has a Co-ordinator and mentor who have similar roles and responsibilities as those in the 'Phase A' School.
UK and EU Students
This is the total course fee.
Starting in September 2021 £9,250
If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place.
This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.
Find out more about scholarships and funding. Scholarship Teacher Training Scholarships for Secondary Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Languages and Geography Trainees Scholarships of up to £30,000 are awarded to the most talented trainees in place of the NCTL bursary.
To be awarded a Scholarship you will need outstanding subject knowledge and the potential to become an inspirational physics, chemistry, mathematics, languages or geography teacher. Each scholarship also includes a package of benefits including membership and early career mentoring.
Further information regarding these scholarships can be found on the DfE website.
To view the full eligibility criteria and submit an application, please visit the website of the appropriate organisation: Institute of Physics (Physics and Physics with Maths) Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (Maths) Royal Society of Chemistry (Chemistry) Royal Geographical Society (Geography) British Council (Manguages)
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