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Course overview

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

PGCE/School Direct Open Evenings

If you are interested in our postgraduate teacher education why not pay us a visit? We are holding a series of Open Evenings at our Riverside Campus throughout the year.

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School Direct Route

The University of Chester is working with a number of leading partnership schools to educate teachers through the new School Direct course.

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).


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Education and Children's Services.

September 2019
Full-time - PGCE (School Direct)
  • Riverside Campus, Chester
1 Year

Why Study Secondary (including School Direct) with QTS with us?

The University of Chester Partnership has a rich history of developing highly skilled, knowledgeable teachers, and has a high employability rate. Our Partnership has learning at its heart, combined with passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. We will provide you with the support you need to become a critically reflective evidence-based practitioner through a combination of academic challenge and school learning.

An unusual aspect of the Chester experience is the enrichment module, which will support you in developing your expertise and employability in different educational settings, e.g. nurseries, SEND schools, post-16 provision. Strong pastoral care is a key aspect of ensuring your success on this demanding but fulfilling course.

Riverside Campus, Chester

The Riverside Campus provides specialist teaching facilities for most students in the Chester-based Faculties of Education and Children’s Services, and Health and Social Care

The University took ownership of the former County Hall in Chester in 2010 and transformed it into the Riverside Campus building, which provides exceptionally high quality and state-of-the-art facilities for its two resident faculties. This iconic building in the centre of Chester is just a 20-minute walk from the main Chester Campus.

Riverside Campus houses the Library collections for Education and Children’s Services and Health and Social Care students along with several IT laboratories for 'open access' and teaching use. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with high-grade audiovisual technology and provide an excellent learning experience.

In addition, Riverside Campus provides a 192-seat lecture theatre, containing raked seating and a widescreen capable of showing Blu-ray and HD films.

Dining@Dee, Riverside’s own café and coffee shop, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals. Meanwhile, the Student Space provides social, group work and discussion space for students, with hot and cold drinks vending machines and snack machines available, and students are able to eat their own food here.

Book your Open Day

Visit us at a postgraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.

PGCE Admissions

Education and Children's Services

Open Days 2018

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it's really like to study at the University of Chester.

Warrington Date

  • Saturday 20th October

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 13th October (Maternal and Women’s Reproductive Health)
  • Saturday 27th October (Faculty of Education and Children’s Services)
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