You will spend most of your time in your main placement school, spending (on average) every other Wednesday in University. This will coincide with the days all other students following the University of Derby School Direct programme are in. This enables you to be part of a large group of beginning teachers, exploring the underpinning principles and philosophies of, and approaches to teaching.
You will have a mentor assigned by the school who will undertake regular training at the University. Your mentor will be supported in school by a coordinator, usually a senior member of staff. You will also be allocated a university link tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor and coordinator. From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.
In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.
The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.
For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations.
Practical Teaching is assessed by the university tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school-based elements of the course and your own records of such work.
In our alliance there are 4 schools, 2 11-16 and 2 11-18 schools.
From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.
In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. An opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees. You will return to your ‘home’ school for the remained of the school academic year.
The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during University based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your assignments will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject must match or be closely related to the subject you are applying for.
Your degree subject should be in biology 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.
All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification. This must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.
As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.
In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.
To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course.
You will be subject to safeguarding checks which include an enhanced DBS check and required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.
Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.
Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.
They vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.
The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course on our website and look for the section on fees.
Financial support from the training provider
To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.
Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.
Please visit our website for more information or call our helpline on 01332 592000.
About the training provider
Developing Teachers, Schools and Academies (DTSA) offers Primary and Secondary School Direct places (with Chellaston Academy) for courses beginning in September every academic year. We are working in partnership with The University of Derby to deliver high quality training for all students. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by the University of Derby. Our particular specialisms are to train teachers for Derby and Derbyshire; to provide an understanding of STEM subjects; and to provide good levels of student support, both academically and practically.
The School Coordinator at the lead School screens your application and decides whether to offer you an interview. If you are offered an interview this will be at the school you have applied for. If successful at this stage you will then be allocated a home school. This is not necessarily the lead school.
When you attend a School Direct interview, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants - in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:
an awareness of current educational issues
a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling
an open and enquiring mind
clear reasons for wanting to teach
motivation and commitment to teaching all pupils
maturity and self confidence
an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your subject
During the interview you will undertake the following tasks:
a short presentation to students on a subject topic (details will be sent to you before the interview)
complete a subject knowledge audit
complete a self-evaluation test
an individual interview
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our facilities provide full disabled access as do many of the schools in the
partnership. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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