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School Direct QTS & PGCE

Teachers in England require QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in order to be recognised qualified teachers. The PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is an additional academic award . This is optional and can be undertaken during the training year (several Universities now offer a 'top-up PGCE' that can be undertaken following the award of QTS alongside your employment as a qualified teacher - this could enable you to gain this academic qualification after teacher training).

As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two).



This is a fee-paying programme open to high quality graduates and leads to the qualification of PGCE (with Masters credits) and award of QTS.

  • Award of QTS
  • Additional PGCE accreditation with 60 Masters credits
  • £9,250 tuition fees
  • Student loan available to cover fees and maintenance (repayable when employed)
  • Gradual increase of teaching hours over a year
  • Weekly professional studies sessions
  • Additional training sessions delivered by The University of Roehampton
  • Expectation of employment within the partnership
  • Free professional starter kit worth £350 - click here
  • Maths and Science Award worth £1,000 -  click here

Am I eligible?

We are looking for people with the desire and passion to challenge and inspire children. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, resilience and determination are essential qualities.

To apply for a place on our School Direct PGCE programme there are entry requirements.

Use our checklist below:

GCSE passes or equivalent, at grade4 (previously grade C) or above in English, maths and science
A degree (2:2 or above) or international equivalent
Met the required competency in the Fundamental Skills for English and mathematics ... click here for more information

Year at a glance


The University of Roehampton PGCE sessions in addition to - 

Weekly programme of: 3 days in a host school 1 day school based training  1 day Professional Studies


Weekly programme cont'd...

Six week placement in a second school - new age range



Teaching practice at your host school.

Final assessment
Award of QTS




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