The School Direct route leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Primary level and PGDipEd with QTS at Secondary level. Applicants apply direct to a lead school and undertake their placements within the lead school’s partnership. Partnerships may include a mix of primary, secondary and special schools.
School Direct Tuition Fee
- School Direct students pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham and may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship.
School Direct Salaried
- School Direct (salaried) are normally for graduates with sufficient teaching experience in school to undertake up to ten hours per week of unsupervised teaching during the training year. Students are employees of their schools and are paid a salary. The University does not charge fees to the student for these programmes.
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Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Birmingham will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level. Students on the secondary programmes undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master's level.
Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.
Information for Schools 2021/20
If you are interested in partnering with the University of Birmingham in the provision of either School Direct or School Direct (Salaried) then we would be pleased to discuss working together. Please contact:
Tel: 0121 414 4866
Why train with us?
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering ITE courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.
The University of Birmingham partnership has worked to co-develop the programmes for School Direct and Apprenticeships. The quality of both the programmes and the newly qualified teachers that enter the profession as a result of it are critical to all partners involved.
About the University of Birmingham as a Provider
Information about student support for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham.
Child Care Facilities
Information about child care facilities for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham.
Information about disability access for students at the University of Birmingham.
Information about accommodation for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham.
Where to Find Us
Information on how to find the University’s campus in Edgbaston.
The School of Education, also offers the PGDipEd Primary and Secondary route as an alternative to the school direct programmes. If you are unsure as to whether to chose the PGDipEd or School Direct route, it might be useful for you to also view the Initial Teacher Training webpage.