School Direct (Primary/Secondary) PGCE with QTS

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

If you're aspiring to be a primary or secondary school teacher, then studying a PGCE via one of our School Direct partners will help you on your way.

Start date

3 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

The University of Huddersfield is pleased to be the training provider for a number of our primary and secondary school partners who offer school-led training through School Direct.

As a School Direct trainee you’ll have the opportunity to work as part of the teaching team in the alliance of schools to which you’ve applied from day one. Your chosen alliance will be involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development throughout the programme. School Direct trainees also benefit from studying with other trainees at the University of Huddersfield on our university-led PGCE programmes. Both routes have the same entry requirements, lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 90 Masters level credits.

If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a teacher, then studying our PGCE Primary or Secondary Education with QTS (School Direct) could be for you. Each course has been carefully negotiated with our school partners to enable trainees to benefit from the unique experiences available within their alliance.

A significant amount of your learning will take place within the alliance. You’ll benefit from being able to learn from and observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a primary or secondary school setting. Our courses are designed to prepare you to teach pupils in a specific age range, with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression in the age phases before and after. Our School Direct Primary training will take place across the 3-7 and 5-11 age ranges and our School Direct Secondary training across the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges.

The following places are available with our partner Teaching Schools and alliances:

Trinity Teaching School Alliance
• Primary
• Art and Design
• Biology
• Business Studies
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Design and Technology
• Drama
• English
• Geography
• History
• Mathematics
• Modern Foreign Languages
• Music
• Physical Education
• Physics
• Physics and Maths
• Religion and Education

West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance
• Primary
• Art and Design
• Biology
• Business Studies
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Design and Technology
• Drama
• English
• Geography
• History
• Mathematics
• Modern Foreign Languages
• Music
• Physics

New College Pontefract
• Biology
• Chemistry
• English
• Mathematics
• Physics

Learners First
• Primary

St Chad's Church of England School
• Primary

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers for the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (post-16) sectors. In fact, we’ve been developing great teachers since 1947 and today we train over 1,500 teachers together with our local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Jayne Price , Joint Head of Department for Initial Teacher Education

Placements


A key element of your studies and learning takes place during your formal teaching practice placements which will take place within the alliance of schools. You’ll have the support of a class/ subject mentor who will support the development of your teaching practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials and in depth lesson evaluations, and a senior/professional mentor who will monitor and support your progress during the placement. Your university tutor will also visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress.

I'm really loving my current placement - I find it really rewarding to see the impact of working with children - over the course of the year I've built up the amount of teaching that I do. I've now got a 60% teaching load.

Amy Bell PGCE Design Technology

Amy Bell, Student

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above). For secondary, 50% of your degree should be in the subject you wish to teach.
  • A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in English and Mathematics. If you are applying for primary teaching, you must also have a science GCSE grade C or above.
  • Evidence of experience working or supporting in schools.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English.
  • You must have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start your initial teacher training course. Please note that you must have registered for the tests before we offer you an interview.
  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44). You don’t need to do anything before you apply.
  • A satisfactory interview.
  • All conditions must be met by 31 August 2018 (please allow extra time for Skills Test retakes).

These are the usual entry requirements; however if you have older or different qualifications don’t be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

If you have a degree from overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, together with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution to enable us to check if it reaches the UK 2:2 degree classification level.

Application to the PGCE via an SKE route: If your degree qualification does not meet our normal entrance requirements, you can apply and may be offered a place conditional on the successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme (SKE).

Entry Requirements for this are: A minimum of a 2.2 (Hons) Degree with some subject specific content linked to the subject you are applying to. (If you’ve got an overseas degree, we’ll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution). An A level (or equivalent) in the subject, normally at a grade C above. (For Biology/Chemistry/Physics applications, a second A level in one of the sciences would be required). * The ability to complete an SKE programme (this may be up to 28 weeks). All other entrance requirements remain the same.

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Course Detail

Core Curriculum Studies in Early Years and Primary Education

In this module you'll be introduced to the principles of planning, teaching and assessment in the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science. You'll learn about curriculum requirements and you'll have opportunities to observe teaching and learning in the core subjects and develop your practice in teaching of these subjects in school. For your assignment, you will audit your subject knowledge, set targets for personal development and show evidence of progress. You'll also develop a critical evaluation of the role of systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading.

Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to the inclusive teaching and learning strategies informed by current research which are designed to overcome these. Working with your University tutor and subject/professional mentors during your school experience, you'll identify an appropriate case study for your assessment task which helps you to focus on one pertinent aspect of inclusion and demonstrate your impact on the learning and progress of a pupil or group of pupils through your developing inclusive practice.

The Wider Curriculum in Early years and Primary Education (School Direct)

In this module you'll be introduced to the wider curriculum in the primary school, including personal, social and emotional development. You'll learn how to plan lessons in the foundation subjects and you'll be introduced to the principles of effective teaching. Following a series of training sessions you'll be responsible for planning and teaching a series of lessons in school focusing on one or more foundation subjects. This will form the basis of the assessment task which requires you to write a critical report analysing the issues inherent in teaching of this subject in primary schools.

Developing Critical Professional Practice in Early Years and KS1 (School Direct)

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools, one in Early Years and one in KS1. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and you'll gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.

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Developing Critical Professional Practice in Primary Education (School Direct)

This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools, and in two age phases. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and you'll gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.

The course is a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The PGCE consists of 120 credits of which 90 are at Masters level.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the full breadth of the National Curriculum in Primary and of your specialist subject in Secondary. You’ll develop your ability to teach in a way that inspires and engages children and young people through active engagement in their own learning. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.

We’ll help you to gain a deep understanding of issues related to inclusion as well as a critical understanding of educational policy. Other themes include: how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You’ll research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in primary or secondary education and develop your own educational philosophy.

You’ll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.

Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you’ll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees both within the alliance and, when in University, with other alliances and our University led PGCE trainees.

Three of the PGCE modules are at Masters level and afterwards you will have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Masters in Education, supporting your NQT year and your early professional development.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence.There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance. Find out more about the Service.

*graduates from this subject area went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. DHLE survey 2015/16

96%graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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