School Direct Offer Guide

Congratulations on receiving your offer to study one of our School Direct programmes. The admissions process for School Direct programmes is different from other postgraduate courses. This offer guide will help you with your next steps.

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Accepting your offer

Now that you have your conditional offer, you need to inform the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) of your decision. Using the UCAS Track service, you can firmly accept your offer of a place. If you do not reply by the deadline set by UCAS, your offer will be declined by default.

Conditions of your offer

There are a number of conditions attached to your offer of a place to study an ITE programme. All applicants are required to complete a number of forms and successfully pass professional skills tests.

Conditions of your offer
Health Declaration form  All School Direct applicants are required to complete a health declaration which is deemed satisfactory by the University Medical Officer.
Declaration of Suitability for Teaching  All School Direct applicants are required to complete a Suitability Declaration so that their suitability to teach can be assessed by the University.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check  All School Direct applicants are required to complete an enhanced DBS check. Applicants who firmly accept their place through UCAS will be sent a DBS pack.
Prohibition Order check  All School Direct applicants are required to have a Prohibition Order check. Applicants are not required to take any action as the University will carry out the check via NCTL's Employer Access Service database.
Academic conditions

If your offer is conditional upon obtaining a degree, the offer letter will state the level required. When your degree results are known please send the original certificate or a transcript to the Admissions Office at the address stated within your offer letter.

If you have already obtained your degree we will also ask for verification. If your offer is conditional upon providing evidence of GCSE English and/or Science and/or Maths at GCSE grade C, you will be required to submit the original certificate.

Professional skills tests All School Direct applicants are required to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests and ensure they have passed them by the date specified in their offer letter.
Observation forms (Secondary only)

The first week of the University of Birmingham’s PGDipEd School Direct Secondary programme is spent undertaking observation in a primary/ middle school. This is a course requirement and must be completed by all School Direct Secondary students.

It is your responsibility to contact a school of your choice and seek permission to make arrangements to attend the school.

Fitness to Practice All School Direct programmes are subject to the University’s fitness to practise regulations. You will be expected to sign a programme specific code of conduct when you register upon your course.

Accommodation

Full-time international and non-UK nationals are guaranteed University postgraduate accommodation if they submit the online accommodation application form by 31 July 2018. 

UK nationals studying on a postgraduate programme are not eligible for University accommodation. There is a limited supply of University-managed accommodation in houses owned by the University or private providers. The Accommodation Services LIVING office is located on the ground floor of University Centre and can assist with any help and advice you may require; along with a contract checking service for renting in the private sector.

Disabilities

Disability can mean different things for different people. It may include you, even if you don’t consider yourself to be disabled.

If you have study support needs related to a physical or health condition; dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties; mental health difficulties; autism; or Asperger’s Syndrome we are here to help you. If you would like to find out more about what we offer, please see our website.

How to Register

If you have accepted your offer, met the conditions and received your unconditional acceptance notification from UCAS you will receive a communication from the University before the start of your programme. Information regarding registration (such as where and how to register) and other important details will be included in this communication. 

If you have received your unconditional acceptance communication, are shortly due to be arriving at the University and have not yet received information on how to register, please visit the registration pages on our website.