Education and Learning

Postgraduate School Direct

Year of entry

Applications for 2018 entry are open and are made via UCAS Teacher Training.

 

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 Policy & Practice in Education
Sessions in this module 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.

Subject Pedagogy
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.

Practitioner Research in Eduation
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

2018/19 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time QTS only £5,960
QTS & PGCE £9,250
N/A
QTS & PGCE £12,000
Part-time N/A N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund.

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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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.

School Direct (unsalaried)

Bursaries
Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. For instance, if you teach secondary maths, you could get £30,000 – a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching.

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.

Scholarships
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
  • Secondary maths.

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

School Direct (salaried)

If you are studying on the 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, students training in maths, physics and computing can earn up to £25,000.

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. 

PGCE Alumni Discount

Christ Church is offering a 10% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2018-19. A further 10% Alumni Discount is also available for students who are not in receipt of a Department of Education bursary, professional subject association scholarship or not eligible to receive a Christ Church grant/bursary.

Criteria for eligibility

The PGCE alumni discount is available in two parts:

  •  A 10% tuition fee discount for CCCU alumni, as follows:
    • for students who are studying the full PGCE (primary or secondary) - 10% discount of the full tuition fee for students who are self-funding their tuition fees (i.e. the discount will not be applied if the student is being sponsored and the Sponsor is paying for the tuition fees);
    • for students who are studying the PGCE School Direct - 10% discount of the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ element of the programme only (i.e. 10% of the ‘top-up’ fee of £3,290 which is paid over and above the training fee of £5,960).

It should be noted that the discount will not apply to the School Direct training fee element for any School Direct students, whether they are Salaried or Unsalaried. The discount will only apply to the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ if students are self-funding that element of the fee.

  • An additional 10% tuition fee discount (on the same basis as above) for the following CCCU alumni
    • for students who are not in receipt of a DfE bursary and who are not eligible to receive a CCCU grant / bursary;
    • for students who are not in receipt of a DfE bursary, but who are eligible for a CCCU grant / bursary, students will receive either the additional 10% PGCE alumni discount OR the CCCU grant / bursary (whichever is higher and therefore of most benefit to the student).

Please read the Terms and Conditions 

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2018-19, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests.

Please read the Terms and Conditions

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 equivalent 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 a list of school partners please click the heading below. For further details, please see the UCAS website.

If you apply promptly for teacher training 2018, before 31 July, the UCAS application fee will be reduced from £24 to £1.

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 Bexleyheath Academy
Aquila Trust Kingsnorth Primary School
Ashford Teaching Alliance (ATA) Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
Bexley Teaching School Alliance Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School
CLASS: Collaborative Learning Alliance of Special Schools The Beacon 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
Mascalls Training Partnership Mascalls Academy
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, Maida Vale
Swale Academies Trust Westlands School
Swale TSA (STSA) Fulston Manor School
Tandridge Teaching School Alliance St Mary's Oxted, Surrey
The Canterbury Teaching Alliance Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
The John Wallis Academy The John Wallis Academy

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time

Starts

  • September 2018

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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