The School Direct PGCE Training Programme leads to the internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) qualification, which will provide 60 credits contributing to Masters level and will prepare successful candidates to teach pupils from ages three to eleven. It is a full-time course, so you will either be in school, at University or in Alliance-based training for the whole academic year.
Throughout the training year, you will be formally supported in school by a designated class teacher and a school-based tutor, as well as by your University partnership tutor. You will also have access to a strong network of support within your Home and Development Schools, from the University and across the Teaching School Alliance.
In addition to practical, supported training experiences in your Home and Development Schools, you will be involved in a programme of whole-group training provided by a range of University specialists and expert practitioners from Alliance schools. Training takes place at the University of Birmingham and in schools across the Teaching School Alliance.
The programme of training at the University takes place in week-long ‘blocks’ throughout the year and includes Professional Studies, English, Maths, Science and E-Safety. Further information about the course can be found on the University of Birmingham website at [https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/edu/school-direct.aspx#CourseDetailsTab].
Information on how to find the University’s campus in Edgbaston can be found at [http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/index.aspx]
This is complemented by a programme of training delivered by Teaching School Alliance teachers and leaders, covering all the foundation subjects and further professional skills, an early years visit and two immersive focus weeks, all based in Alliance schools. All of this will prepare you thoroughly with the skills and knowledge you need to teach across the Primary age range.
Assessment of the School Direct PGCE Training Programme combines course assignments and professional practice in school.
Following successful completion of the 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.