School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into primary teaching. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance school (part of the Elmhurst Teaching School Alliance).
Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.
Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s (level 7) and one at undergraduate/Bachelor’s (level 6) level and three school placements.
Teaching and Learning (level 7)
Specialism Module (level 7)
Professional Practice (level 6)
There are no optional modules for this programme
Teaching and learning:
The programme is delivered via a programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student's teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.
All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. Elmhurst Primary School, as the Lead School, will make the arrangements for school experience.