Education and Learning

Postgraduate School Direct

Year of entry

Year of entry 2018-19 - we are currently refreshing the course for 2018-19. The details below will give you an idea of the type of content covered; please revisit this page later in the year to see the latest information on the updated course.

Applications for 2018 entry will open shortly. Applications are made via UCAS Teacher Training, which opens on 26 October.

(2017 entry is now closed)

School Direct is a delivered in partnership with schools. The key feature of this course is that the majority of the year is spent on placement working alongside experienced colleagues in schools.

The course aims to harness the knowledge and experience of school colleagues in the delivery of courses, working in partnership with the experience of accredited ITT providers such as universities. schools, and the mentors within them, provide the vast majority of the training.

Schools benefit by being more directly involved in student recruitment and the delivery of the course.

This is a cross phase course, you can study within the primary or secondary phase. The course takes one academic year to complete.

There are two School Direct courses, School Direct (Salaried) and School Direct (Training) (sometimes called non-salaried). It is important that you are clear which of these courses your school is offering as it will affect your funding for the course (see Fees and Finance below).
The course is for people who want to train to become teachers, spending the majority of their training time in school alongside qualified teachers.

There are essentially two pathways within the School Direct course. All students are automatically on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course but all students have the opportunity, in consultation with their school partner, to opt into the School Direct PGCE pathway.

QTS Pathway – all students

 The majority of your time on this course is spent in school. It is a requirement of all QTS courses that you get at least 60 days (or equivalent) training through the year. You will get at least 15 days taught sessions from the University and a course of professional development provided by the school. Your development in school will be supported by a mentor who will help you in your progress towards meeting the standards for QTS. You will be required to undertake a period of placement in a second school that provides a contrast to your base school.

School Direct PGCE Pathway – an option for all students

The School Direct PGCE pathway is a mixture of work based learning and academic assessments. All students on this pathway will study the aspects described above in the QTS pathway. In addition, Student Teachers who opt in to this pathway will be required to undertake academic study and write academic assignments. There are additional taught sessions and tutorial support to support students studying on this pathway.

Professional Studies
Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject or phase, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

Curriculum Studies
This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject or phase. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subjects or phases.

Enhanced Studies
The module enables you to choose an area on your School Development Plan and study this in more depth through a research project based in your school.

AWARDS

There are two possible awards from your School Direct course:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Pathway, all successful student teachers will achieve the recommendation for QTS.
  • School Direct PGCE Pathway, successful student teachers who (in consultation with their school partner) decide to opt in to the School Direct PGCE (as described in “What will I study?”) will be awarded a PGCE.
Successful students on this course are able to become Qualified Teachers.

The majority of the learning on this course happens in schools. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience.

There are 15 days taught in university at the Canterbury Campus. The teaching on these days will be a mixture of lecture and seminar and workshop activity.

There is a high level of individual support for learning offered in this course through the mentors in school and the university tutors.

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time QTS only £5,960
QTS & PGCE £9,250
N/A
QTS & PGCE £11,500
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

QTS Pathway – all students
Throughout the course you will be assessed by your mentors and tutors who will grade you at key points to help you understand how well you are meeting the standards for QTS. At the end of the course you will have a final assessment. This will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the standards for QTS.

School Direct PGCE Pathway
In addition to the above assessment process for the recommendation for QTS students who have opted for the School Direct PGCE Pathway will be required to submit three 4,000 word assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level.

Applicants to School Direct courses will need to apply, via UCAS, to a school partner for a School Direct place. Canterbury Christ Church University is not able to offer these places directly.

For more information please see the UCAS website.

SCHOOL DIRECT TEACHING SCHOOL ALLIANCE PARTNERS

All applications for School Direct are made via UCAS. Places are not listed under Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), but under the lead schools who have these places. The list below gives all the main partners working with CCCU in 2017/18. You may want to look at their webpages to see what they say about training to teach with them (and CCCU).

TSA = Teaching School Alliance

Alliance Lead School
Academies Enterprise Trust  
Aquila Trust Kingsnorth Primary School
Ashford Teaching Alliance (ATA) Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
Bexley Teaching School Alliance Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School
CLASS Highview Special School
East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA) King Ethelbert School
Furley Park Primary School Furley Park Primary School
Mascalls School Mascalls School
Medway TSA (MTSA) Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School
Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance (VISTA) Invicta Grammar School
Dover, Deal and Sandwich Partnership Sandwich Technology School
Shepway Teaching Schools Sandgate Primary School
St George RC School St George RC School
Swale Academies Trust Westlands School
Swale TSA (STSA) Fulston Manor School
Thames Teaching Alliance Ifield Special School
The Canterbury Teaching Alliance Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
The John Wallis Academy The John Wallis Academy

Fact file

Length

  • 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2) standard with at least some of the degree modules related to the training subject.

    English and Maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary (11-18). For the Primary route, candidates will also need Science GCSE at grade C or above.

    To have passed the government's skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Location

  • Other

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Events

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