Secondary (School Direct) PGCE
Start your career in teaching through this inspiring PGCE course, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Choose from12 subject specialisms and join one of our outstanding school partnerships. This School Direct route allows you to fully immerse yourself in your placements.
Studying through a School Direct pathway means most of your learning takes place at your placement school, with time out each week for academic sessions. You will experience a high quality, relevant programme of training, equipping you with the professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes you need to succeed in teaching.
- Duration – 1 year full-time
- Start date – September 2021
- School – School of Education, Language and Psychology
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 full time
International 2020-21 £12,750 full time
Your school placements will build your skills and confidence as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, while your academic sessions will deepen your understanding both of your subject and your profession. You will develop your knowledge of your chosen subject and its place within the curriculum while also exploring wider educational issues, reflecting local and national policy and practice. This equips you with both a strong subject specialism and a wider understanding of teaching and education. We encourage you to develop your own philosophy and values surrounding your subject, your professional identity and education itself.
Choose from 12 subject specialisms:
- Modern Foriegn Languages
- Religious Education
- Physical Education.
This module focuses on educational issues which are common to all teachers. It reflects on local and national policy and practice. You will build your understanding of complex concepts surrounding teaching and learning. We will encourage you to consider wider professional issues and develop your own professional identity.
This module focuses on how to teach your subject area in the classroom. You will develop your confidence in your subject knowledge and build the essential pedagogical skills relevant to the secondary school age range. You will consider historical developments in your chosen subject area and develop an awareness of curriculum developments.
The PGCE School Direct is a school-based programme. It is made up of three school experiences. Student teachers are based in one school for the majority of the time with a shorter second school placement. Each placement must be successfully passed in order to proceed to the next.
Teaching and assessment
The teaching teams in both Subject Studies and Professional Studies integrate their modules to run throughout the course of the programme rather than delivering them as separate modules. This approach ensures that the programme provided is holistic and inclusive. Both masters level modules will be delivered by a combination of school and University based staff.
The programme employs a range of learning and teaching strategies, including enquiry based and active learning approaches. You are encouraged to develop a strong sense of your personal professional identity as subject teachers and are nurtured to develop your own philosophy and values about secondary education. Tutors and school-based mentors are available to guide you. You will undertake research-based activities to deepen your understanding of secondary practice.
Assessments are spread across the duration of the programme with timely feedback on your work. Alongside academic assignments you will be assessed throughout your school experiences, with your progress being tracked during the year to ensure you are meeting the teachers’ standards.
Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are stipulated by the DfE (ITT Criteria 2018).
- GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
- GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
- GCSE in Science (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4 (for those student teachers undertaking the Secondary PGCE in sciences)
- A first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent in the subject-based PGCE you are applying for
If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).
Entry onto this course will require you to attend an interview.
Once you've been invited to an interview, you'll be asked to complete a ‘Prior Achievement’ booklet. This enables you to match your current experience against the Teachers’ Standards.
The interview is designed to ensure that you:
- Have the intellectual and academic capability needed to meet the required teachers’ standards.
- Can communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You must obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check.
You will need to obtain a satisfactory medical report.
If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.
Terms and conditions
Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU fees for 2021 - 2022
The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
You can use the same student loans system as undergraduate students to pay for this course.
When applying for funding, you will need to:
- Apply as an undergraduate student
- Find your course by searching PGCE Secondary, School Direct, SLC code 874282 when making your finance application.
You will not be able to apply for a postgraduate master’s loan for this course.
Teacher Training Bursaries and Scholarships
There are 3 types of funding available for teacher training in a range of subjects. These are tax free and awarded based on your circumstances. To find out more visit the Get Into Teaching website.
International (non-EU) fees for 2021 - 2022
The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.
Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.
More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 full time
International 2020-21 £12,750 full time
Additional costs and financial support
Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.
ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS
View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.
You will leave us fully prepared to start work as a Newly Qualified Teacher, specialising in your chosen subject.
Apply for this course
To apply for full-time please visit the government's page on finding postgraduate teacher training courses.