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Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - School Direct Secondary

What makes PGCE: School Direct Secondary at Worcester special?

PGCE: School Direct Secondary with the University of Worcester offers an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching with our strong partnership schools throughout the West Midlands region and beyond. The innovative design and delivery of the course places the trainee at the heart of a thriving school community from day one.

The University of Worcester provides state of the art facilities to support your research, subject knowledge and communication skills to deliver teaching with impact. Graduates enjoy excellent employability prospects as the majority of our partner schools offer early career teaching posts to our PGCE trainees.

Key features

  • Full immersion in the daily life of a school and all the existing challenges that it brings
  • Course elements exploring wider issues of education and society enhance your prospects as a future leader in the profession
  • Our choice of additional specialisms help enhance your expertise and career prospects, from citizenship, English as an additional language, special educational needs and disability, technology enhanced learning
  • Unparalleled personal and academic support throughout the programme that continues beyond your study and in to the early stages of your career
  • With 60 credits at postgraduate level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE can take you anywhere, from Masters study to a job on the other side of the world
  • Breadth and depth of experience across a range of schools
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

You need to meet the statutory requirements for entry into teaching.

These are a good honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) in a related subject area and GCSE Mathematics and English. Where candidates have significant experience in a related subject area and a degree in another discipline they may be eligible to apply and should contact the tutor for advice. We admit trainees of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds. If in doubt about your qualifications or suitability for the course we would always encourage you to contact the tutor for advice.

Apply via UCAS Teacher Training.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the NCTL requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

All applications for PGCE Primary should be made via UCAS Teacher Training.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. The pass mark depends on the difficulty of the test. Please note that after your third attempt you cannot retake for 24 months. Once you have passed the skills tests they are valid for three years from the date passed.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website or why not register for one of our ‘Skills Tests Workshop’ dates?

Saturday 10th December 2016: 9.30-12.30
Monday 20th February 2017: 9.30-12.30
Saturday 13th May 2017: 9.30-12.30

To book a place, or for further information. please email Jane Sacree: j.sacree@worc.ac.uk. Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

You may also find this book a useful resource to help in your planning and preparation for the tests.

If you want to teach maths, physics, biology, chemistry, computing, design and technology, or a Language don't be put off because of subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. Contact the tutor of the relevant subject for further details: Design and Technology (food and textiles); ICT/Computer Science; Maths; Geography; Modern Languages; Science: Chemistry, Science: Biology and Science: Physics.

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Course content

What will you study?

Modules within this course are linked to your specialist subject, professional studies and related assessments.

You will undertake some modules in your specialist area and others related to professional studies where the focus is related to pedagogy and practice. Modules relating to professional studies are the backbone of the course and feed into subject sessions, your work in school and related teaching.

Visit the relevant subject page for full details:Design and Technology (food and textiles); ICT/Computer Science; English; History; Maths; Modern Languages; Physical Education; Religious Education; Psychology; Geography; Economics/Business; Science: Biology; Science: Chemistry and Science: Physics.

You will be supported by a range of experience professionals including a school subject mentor, a school professional mentor who will oversee your training in school and your university subject tutor.

Enhancement Activities

Unique to Worcester is the opportunity to enhance your PGCE by following an additional Pathway in:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Citizenship
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Second Subject

Course Structure

As this is a school led programme, the majority of training takes place in schools.  There are three extended placements teaching in at least two different schools and two key stages. There are also many opportunities to gain additional experience in partner schools and settings.

The schools we work closely with include: Lawrence Sheriff School (Myton School)Redhill School and Specialist Language CollegeSouth Bromsgrove Community High SchoolStudley High School, Wigmore School, Woodrush Community High School.

The school professional studies programme runs in parallel to the university taught sessions in both subject and exploring wider issues of education and society.

Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester graduates have made a huge difference in the field of education.

Ann Jordan, Head of Institute of Education

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will benefit from a comprehensive induction as well as personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme. As well as the time in school there are taught days at the University with subject specialist University Tutors which will link theory and classroom practice and support research into written assignments.

You will be assessed on the basis of coursework including 3 written assignments, a portfolio and an oral presentation of a small research project, as well as on your teaching practice. To gain qualified teacher status (QTS) you must demonstrate that you can meet the Teachers’ Standards. The standards set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers, from the point of qualification - further details can be found at http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/reviewofstandards

Trainees are required to monitor and direct their own progress, with the support of mentors and tutors. The teaching experience assessment is based on a portfolio which allows you to monitor your own developing competence and from this reflection set targets to improve teaching and learning in your classroom. Trainee teachers play a substantial role in reviewing progress and setting action plans.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

There are excellent prospects in teaching, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand, especially those who have trained in a shortage subject.

Graduates from the Secondary Direct PGCE at the University of Worcester are some of the most employable in the country. At the end of the course (July 2015) 90% of School Direct trainees gained a teaching post.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition Fees - School Direct

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE: School Direct in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Financial arrangements - School Direct Salaried

  • The school will employ the trainee as an unqualified teacher (except academies and independent schools ) 
  • The fee for the University modules will be £4,500 
  • Schools will be invoiced each term – December, March and June

Financial support

Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18

See Get Into Teaching's page on bursaries and funding.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto postgraduate teacher training courses in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages or visit the UCAS Teacher Training website for more information on applying.

UCAS Teacher Training codes for School Direct courses:

School URN Subject UCAS TT code
Lawrence Sheriff School (Myton School - CV34 6PJ) 141277 Computing 2ZB2 
Lawrence Sheriff School 141277 Design & Technology 23GK
Redhill School and Specialist Language College (Lead School)  139872 Biology 28ZJ 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Business Studies 2ZFK 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Chemistry 2R3Z 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Computing 33NC
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Design & Technology 28ZF
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Drama 2R43 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 English 2GJZ 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Geography 2GKC
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 History 28X3 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Mathematics 28ZH 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Modern Languages 28ZP 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Physical Education  28X6 
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Physics 28ZK
Redhill School and Specialist Language College 139872 Religious Education 2R44 
South Bromsgrove High School (Lead School) 140292 Biology 2X8B
Trinity High School 137167 Biology 2X8BD
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Business Studies 2NY9
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Chemistry 2X8C 
Trinity High School 137167 Chemistry 2X8CD
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Computing 2DSP 
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Design & Technology 2DTK 
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 English 23P8 
Trinity High School 137167 English 23P8D
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Geography 2X8F
Trinity High School 137167 Geography 2X8FD
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 History 2DSL 
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Mathematics 23PD
Trinity High School 137167 Mathematics 23PDD
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Modern Languages 23PG
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Physical Education 2XBJ 
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Physics 2X8D
Trinity High School 137167 Physics 2X8DD
South Bromsgrove High School 140292 Psychology 2X8G 
Studley High School B80 7QX (Lead School) 136786 Biology 2ZV7 
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Chemistry 2ZV6 
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Computing 2ZQL
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 English 2ZQK
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Geography 2ZQJ
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 History 2ZQH
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Mathematics 2ZQG
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Modern Languages  2ZQF
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Physical Education 2ZQD 
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Physics 2ZQC
Studley High School B80 7QX 136786 Religious Education 2ZQ7 
Wigmore School HR6 9UW (Lead School) 136405 Biology 2N9L
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Chemistry 2J7V
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Computing 2J7M
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Design & Technology 2J7R
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 English 2J7S
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Geography 2J8Y
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 History 2J92
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Mathematics 2HPZ
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Modern Languages 2J94
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Physical Education 2J7X
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Physics 2J7W
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Psychology 2XMH
Wigmore School HR6 9UW 136405 Religious Education 2JJ6
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW (Lead School) 136924 Chemistry 2ZQ4
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 Computing 2ZPW
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 Design & Technology 2ZP2 
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 English 2ZNX 
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 Geography 2ZPM
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 History 2ZP9 
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 Mathematics 2ZPN
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 Modern Languages 2ZQ6
Woodrush Community High School B47 5JW 136924 Physical Education 2ZPR 

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Administration enquiries

School Direct Administrator
schooldirect@worc.ac.uk