Our trainees will have two placement schools – Liverpool College and one other school. You will spend the first half of the year working in your ‘home’ school and then the second half in your ‘away’ school. This gives you the chance to form strong links with both staff and pupils in your ‘home’ placement, so that you are genuinely part of the school community. The ‘away’ school forms a contrast, giving you wider experience.
There are several schools within the alliance from around Liverpool. Trainees will experience two contrasting schools such as a mixed school and an all boys or girls school. Trainees usually spend half of the year in each placement, though ‘away placements can occasionally be shorter than this.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in business studies or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Use a third party to complete.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The School Direct teacher training programme allows postgraduate trainees to work closely with a school to gain a teaching qualification, while still having the benefits of university support and study. If you choose to train with Liverpool College and Birkdale High School Direct Alliance, you will participate in the PGCE programme offered by Liverpool Hope University, having your subject training delivered by Liverpool Hope tutors except in Classics which will be delivered by Classics teachers from Liverpool College, whilst your professional development will be provided in both Liverpool College and Birkdale High School by experienced teachers from the two schools. You will also have the opportunity to take part in PGCE conferences and other events organised by Liverpool Hope University. We feel that this mixture gives our trainees the best of both worlds – practical training led by professionals who really know the challenges of school life married with high quality academic input and the opportunity to mix with trainees from across the city region at Liverpool Hope University.
Liverpool College will lead the interview. Trainees will be invited to interview at where you will undertake a 20 minute teaching task, an interview with subject specialists, a tour of the school with an opportunity to speak to current trainees and mentors, and finally a literacy assessment.
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