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Course overview

The University of Chester is working with a number of leading partnership schools to educate teachers through the new School Direct course (please see the 'Careers' tab for information on current schools we are in partnership with).
Training is offered in the following areas: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 3-7 age phase), Primary (5-11 age phase) and Secondary (11-16 age phase with 6th form enhhancement).
Secondary subjects on offer include: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education.

Why Study School Direct Initial Teacher Education with us?

General course information
The professional aims of all School Direct courses are to produce high quality teachers who are commited to learning, are open-minded, creative and reflective in their practice.
The programme comprises two main elements:
60 professional learning days which involve:

  • Academic learning at Masters level.
  • Professional development learning
  • Enrichment
  • Subject based learning

120 (minimum) school-based learning days which involve:

  • Learning and experience in at least two contrasting schools
  • Training across the appropriate age phases within Early years, Primary or Secondary
  • Additional learning opportunities, for example in special school education

The intention of School Direct is for leading schools to recruit and educate candidates in subject and age phases most in need of employment and choose how the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme should be delivered in partnership with the University.
There are two routes available via the School Direct programme. School Direct (Bursary) and School Direct (Salary).

  • School Direct (Bursary) is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the candidate.
  • School Direct (Salary) is open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience; candidates will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All School Direct places will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)  and the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Applicants will be able to apply to the lead school to which the NCTL allocates places through UCAS ITT


Open Days 2017

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Chester Dates

  • Saturday 28th October (MA Art Therapy only)
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