PGCE School Direct (Salaried and Tuition Fees) PGCE

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Train as a teacher in school settings. Share your love of learning. Qualify to teach in any school in England or Wales.

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Overview

Salaried route

If you have a degree and three or more years’ experience of work, you can choose to train as a teacher at a school instead of at a university. You’ll graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and you can choose to specialise in either Primary or Secondary teaching.

As well as receiving a salary, you won’t have to pay tuition fees, as these will be covered by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Tuition route

If you have a degree you can choose to train as a teacher at a school via this school led route supported by the university. You’ll graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and you can choose to specialise in either Primary or Secondary teaching.

Why us?

  • Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • No tuition fees (Salaried route)
  • Earn a salary while you learn (Salaried route)
  • Excellent partnership schools lead your training (School Direct Web Map)

Course structure

The training you receive will take place at both your school and the University of Sunderland. You will usually spend one full day a week at the University of Sunderland, plus induction days and review weeks. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work.

Work-based learning will be based in your school. You will usually have a phase/subject trainer and a generic trainer. You will be assessed with written work and assessment of your teaching practice.

This School Direct (Tuition) Post Graduate Certificate of Education degree awards you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

PGCE Course content:

  • Negotiated study (Foundation Subjects/Enrichment Subject (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Development of Professional Learning: Case Study (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Subject Studies (30 credits)
  • School Experience (30 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • Please contact us to enquire if your chosen school is currently in partnership with us for the PGCE School Direct. We currently have active partnerships with schools in Newbottle, Durham, Darlington, Monkwearmouth, Whitburn, Ferryhill and more.

    We welcome enquiries from applicants based at any primary school in the region.

    Please contact Terry Coatham for more information:

    0191 515 2590
    terry.coatham@sunderland.ac.uk

    Primary Education
  • Please contact us to enquire if your chosen school is currently in partnership with us for the PGCE School Direct. We currently have active partnerships with schools in Newbottle, Durham, Darlington, Monkwearmouth, Whitburn, Ferryhill and more.

    We welcome enquiries from applicants based at any secondary school in the region.

    Please contact Samantha Tate for more information:

    0191 515 2445
    samantha.tate@sunderland.ac.uk

    Secondary Education
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Facilities

Tuition route

This course will mostly be based in the school that employs you, supported by time spent in a second school to develop your teaching and allow you to experience a diverse range of teaching opportunities. You’ll be supported by Sunderland’s experienced trainers, as well as having a school-based subject and a generic trainer. Your school will be able to give you more information about the specific support that they will provide for you.

Salaried route

This course will be based in the school that employs you. You’ll be supported by Sunderland’s experienced trainers, as well as having a school-based subject and a generic trainer. Your school will be able to give you more information about the specific support that they will provide for you.

Entry requirements

For both Primary and Secondary routes you will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also hold a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Science, and English Language and a range of National Curriculum subjects. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.

For School Direct Salaried route, Primary and Secondary level, you must have:

  • At least three years’ work experience. It doesn’t have to be related to education
  • A personal statement which demonstrates evidence of teaching and academic potential
  • Supportive academic/professional references
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical proforma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

School Direct Tuition route only

For both Primary and Secondary level you must also have:

  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A completed medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

The Department for Education (DfE) are removing the Professional Skills Test for all trainees from April 2020, instead numeracy and literacy will instead be assessed continuously throughout your course. Further information can be found on the DfE website.

All successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.

You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

Fees and finance

Tuition route

The fee for this route is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £12,000 if you are an international student

Salaried route

There is no tuition fee for this route, because the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) provides funding to schools to cover training costs and to subsidise your salary.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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Employment

This course awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

One of the benefits to schools taking part in this initiative is that they can develop their own teaching and leadership talent. As a result, the majority of graduates go on to work at the school they partnered with on the course.

Our partnership schools

School Direct provides you with the opportunity to work closely with schools in order to gain your teaching qualification. 

We work in partnership with approximately 60 schools on our School Direct course, across primary and secondary settings. Each of these schools is part of a School Direct Alliance, which is led by a Lead school. 

You will apply to a School Direct Alliance and following a successful interview, you could be placed in one of their ‘Host schools’.

View our School Direct Web Map for a list of partnership schools.


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