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Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - School Direct Primary

What makes PGCE: School Direct Primary at Worcester special?

PGCE: School Direct Primary with the University of Worcester offers an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching.

The course is inclusive and innovative in its design and delivery, and places the trainee at the heart of a thriving school community from day one.

The course is personalised to the needs of the trainee, building on existing strengths and expertise.

Key features

  • Full immersion in the daily life of a school and all the existing challenges that brings
  • Breadth and depth of experience across a range of schools
  • Outstanding additional opportunities for enrichment and extension
  • A dynamic taught programme, ensuring depth and breadth across all Early Years and Primary subjects
  • Unparalleled personal and academic support throughout the programme and beyond

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree of 2:2 or above
  • Grade C at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at the time of application. A minimum of 5-10 days experience, within the last 12 months, in maintained Primary Schools , Early Years and Nursery settings
  • Department for Education Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics must be passed prior to entry. For further details visit the Professional Skills Test page.
  • For Mathematics Specialism – a degree /A level in Mathematics

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice by email:

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: 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.

Choosing School Direct was perfect for me. Being part of the day-to-day life of the school was great. I learned so much from the fantastic University and school team – I would recommend it to anyone!

Primary School Direct trainee

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Indicative course overview

What will you study?

Indicative course content for 2016-17, subject to adaptation:

Pedagogy and Professional Practice

Indicative overview of content

Covers a wide range of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an effective self evaluating practitioner, including how children learn, what impacts on pupil learning and progress and learning and teaching styles.

Subject Specialist Research

Indicative overview of content

A small-scale school based enquiry in a subject in which you already have degree level/A level qualifications or significant experience

Core subjects and Computing

Indicative overview of content

English, mathematics, science and computing subject knowledge and pedagogy

Foundation Subjects and SEND

Indicative overview of content

Art, D&T, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE, SEND subject knowledge and pedagogy

School experience

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.

Teacher Training Taster Events

PGCE Primary Teacher Training

11th May 5pm-6:30pm

This taster evening is suited to anyone who is considering training to become a primary teacher. The evening will begin with a welcome talk and information about the course. You will then be able to take part in short subject related activities and meet with subject tutors who teach on the course. The evening is aimed at people who have a 2:2 degree or above or anyone who is studying their degree and possibly thinking about a career in primary teaching.

For further information or to request a place, please email or complete the enquiry form on this page.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The School Direct Training course contains:

  • Comprehensive induction programme
  • Personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme
  • Taught days at the University with subject specialist university tutors to link theory and classroom practice and to support research into written assignments
  • On-going assessment against the Teachers’ Standards
  • Reflective portfolio of evidence to achieve the Teachers’ Standards

What will you study?

Across the programme, trainees will study and be assessed across six modules including Early Years and National Curriculum Core and Foundation subjects. Your school based training programme will reflect your University programme. You will also study some modules at Masters’ level and gain 60 Masters credits.

Teaching practice and partner schools

We work very closely with our outstanding partner schools to carefully craft inspiring and innovative initial teacher training programmes. The School Direct route is underpinned by a coaching and mentoring model to ensure you receive the highest quality teacher training experience. Throughout your training you will have regular built in opportunities to observe and learn from outstanding teaching in a range of contexts.

Our partner schools include a range of settings from rural to inner city. You will practice teaching at least two schools and across two key stages based on your entry pathway.

The course is designed with periods in University where you will: develop a Masters' level understanding for the complex nature of teaching and learning; be taught be expert University tutors; and come together in peer group subject communities to reflect on your professional development as a trainee teacher. You will be allocated a personal Pedagogy and Management (PAM) tutor who will oversee your training journey and act as one of the key links in this.

In each school you will be supported by a Lead Mentor, as well as your class teacher and University Supervisory Tutor. Your progress will be supported and developed by this key team as part of a three way tripartite model, underpinned by professional dialogue between Trainee, School and University. You will receive an inspiring range of additional professional development across your training for example Early Years conferences, training in Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOPS) trips and recognised external speakers. Your progress and development will be regularly reviewed with additional support and enrichment and extension for high performing trainees. Throughout your training your Reflective Portfolio (RP) will enable you to gather evidence of your professional development against the Teaching Standards Parts1 and 2.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Derval Carey-Jenkins

    Derval Carey-Jenkins is the School Direct: Primary Lead.

    Derval is a Principal Lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy within the Institute of Education. She joined the Institute in January 2009.

    Derval graduated with a Bachelor of Education from St Marys’ College, Queen’s University, Belfast and began her teaching career as a primary school teacher in 1986. She worked for 23 years in a variety of schools in East London and the West Midlands. Derval was a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher and spent three years as an Advisory support teacher with the West Midlands Education Service for Travelling Children.


Where could it take you?

Graduates from the Primary School Direct PGCE at the University of Worcester are some of the most employable in the country. At the end of the course (July 2015) 96% 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 support

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.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: When making your choices for School Direct in the APPLY section, under click provider: You will need to type in the name of the Lead School, not the University.

UCAS Teacher Training CODES:

School  Subject  UCAS TT codes 
Barr Beacon School  Primary  2PF9 
Bloxwich Academy Primary 2PF9B
Kingsland Primary School Primary 2PF9K
Wednesbury Oak Academy Primary 2PF9W
Burlish Park Primary School (Lead School) Primary  2RNG 
St Catherine's C of E Primary Primary 2RNG1
Sidemoor First School and Nursery Primary 2RNG2
Blackwell First School Primary 2RNG3 
Holy Redeemer Catholic Primary School Primary 2RNG4
Wolverley Sebright VA Primary School Primary 2RNG6
St Oswald's CE Primary School Primary 2RNG8
Grimley & Holt Primary School Primary 2RNG9
Nunnery Wood Primary School Primary 2RNGA
Lydbury North CofE (A) Primary School  Primary  2TZS 
Marlbrook Primary School (Lead School) Primary  2TKK 
Ashfield Park Primary School Primary 2TKKA
Blackmarston School  Primary 2TKKB
Bridstow C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKC
Eastnor Parochial Primary School Primary 2TKKD
Ewyas Harold Primary School Primary 2TKKE
Goodrich C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKX
Kinsland C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKF
Ledbury Primary School Primary 2TKKG
Little Dewchurch C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKL
Our Lady’s RC Primary School Primary 2TKKH
St Francis Xavier’s Primary School Primary 2TKKJ
St James’ C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKK
Trinity Primary School Primary 2TKKN
Weston-Under-Penyard C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKP
Whitchurch C of E Primary School Primary 2TKKR
Wigmore Primary School Primary 2TKKS
South Worcestershire ITT Consortium (Lead Consortium) Primary 2PYP 
The Vale of Evesham School Primary 2PYPT
Westacre Middle School Primary 2PYPW
Redhill School and Specialist Language College  Primary  2G7G 
Somers Park Primary School (Lead School) Primary  2RXP 
Somers Park Primary School  Primary Mathematics Specialist 2YGC
South Bromsgrove High School - St John's Middle School Primary 2NWY 
St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Lead School) Primary 2TQ7

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  

Administration enquiries

Helen Bayfield
01905 855073

Course related enquiries

Derval Carey-Jenkins
01905 857539