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.
- 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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What qualifications will you need?
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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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.
Unique to Worcester is the opportunity to enhance your PGCE by following an additional Pathway in:
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- English as an Additional Language
- Second Subject
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 College, South Bromsgrove Community High School, Studley 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.
Where could it take you?
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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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
Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18
See Get Into Teaching's page on bursaries and funding.
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.
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.
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|