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School Based (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 is for people who want to train to become teachers, spending the majority of their training time in school alongside qualified teachers.

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.

Initial Teacher Education placements statement

We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised.

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 'C'/4 or above, or equivalent for Secondary (11-18). For the Primary route, candidates will also need Science GCSE at grade 'C'/4 or above.

Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

All about the course

There are essentially two pathways within the School Based (School Direct) course. All students are automatically on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course but you have the opportunity, in consultation with your school partner, to opt into the School Based (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 Based (School Direct) PGCE Pathway – an option for all students

The School Based (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, if you opt in to this pathway you 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.


There are two possible awards from your School Based (School Direct) course:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Pathway, all successful student teachers will achieve the recommendation for QTS.
  • School Based (School Direct) PGCE Pathway, successful student teachers who (in consultation with their school partner) decide to opt in to the School Based (School Direct) PGCE will be awarded a PGCE.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

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.

The teaching on these days will be a mixture of lecture and seminar and workshop activity with some virtual sessions. There is a high level of individual support for learning offered in this course through the mentors in school and the university tutors.


All applications for School Direct are made via APPLY. 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 2022/23. You may want to look at their webpages to see what they say about training to teach with them (and Christ Church).

TSA = Teaching School Alliance

Alliance Lead School
Aquila Trust Kingsnorth Primary School
Ashford Teaching Alliance (ATA) Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
CLASS: Collaborative Learning Alliance of Special Schools The Beacon School
Dover, Deal and Sandwich Partnership Sandwich Technology School
East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA) King Ethelbert School
Furley Park Primary School Furley Park Primary School
Kent Catholic Schoos Partnership Alliance (KCSP) St Margaret Clitherow Catholic School
LEAF (Leading Education and Achievement for All) Five Acre Wood
Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance (VISTA) Invicta Grammar School
Shepway Teaching Schools Sandgate Primary School
Spires Academy Spires School
St George RC School St George RC School, Maida Vale
Swale Academies Trust Westlands School
Canterbury & Swale Teaching Alliance (CASTTA)

Fulston Manor School

Queenborough School and Nursery

Blean Primary School

Tandridge Teaching School Alliance St Mary's Oxted, Surrey
Thames Teaching Alliance Ifield Special School
The Canterbury Teaching Alliance Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
The John Wallis Academy The John Wallis Academy

How you’ll be assessed

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 Teachers Standards. At the end of the course, your final assessment will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the Teachers' Standards.

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

Your future career

Successful students on this course are able to become Qualified Teachers.


2022/23 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas

QTS only £5,960

QTS & PGCE £9,250


QTS & PGCE £14,500

Part-time N/A N/A

Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases. Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

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

20% PGCE Alumni Discount

Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2022-23, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship.

Read the Terms and Conditions.

School Based (School Direct) (non-salaried)


Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects.

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.


If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Maths.

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

School Based (School Direct) (salaried)

If you are studying on the School Based (School Direct) (salaried) programme you will be employed and paid a salary by your school. The salary rates will vary depending upon the location of your school and what you are training to teach. You will be paid on the unqualified teacher pay scale.

For more information, please visit Get into Teaching.

Loans and other funding

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

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