Liverpool John Moores University

School Direct Primary Initial Teacher Training with QTS

Take the School Direct route into primary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.

  • Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term
  • Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools
  • Learn from expert teachers
  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher in one of Merseyside’s excellent schools

Entry requirements

Applications are made through UCAS to the Lead School. Each applicant will be considered in consultation with an LJMU admissions tutor and may be asked to attend a selection event in school.

Selection is based on performance in teaching and written tasks and interviews which may involve the school’s learners. The selection process will be led by the schools’ teachers and senior leaders and may involve LJMU tutors.

Normally you will need:

  • a first degree of 2.2 or above (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1)
  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and a science subject
  • QTS Skills Tests
  • evidence of experience in a UK school setting
  • a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (prior to starting the programme)

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. 

Course modules

This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.

Although you will spend the majority of your time in school there are university-based training sessions at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days towards the end of the course. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School.

As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.

This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Your personal tutor will meet with you formally six times a year to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.

The following programmes are available for School Direct Primary (tuition fee):

  • Primary - General (5-11 age range)
  • Primary - Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (Early Years)
  • Primary with Mathematics specialism (A bursary is available for this route. Please see Get into Teaching for further details)
  • Primary with Physical Education specialism

The University-element of the programme is based around set areas of study.

School Direct (Tuition fee) PGCE students will study:

  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment in the Primary Core Curriculum
  • Pedagogy in the Foundation Subjects OR Pedagogy in Mathematics OR Pedagogy in Physical Education OR Pedagogy in the Foundation Stage

School Direct (Tuition fee) PGDE students will also study:

  • Pedagogy in Practice    
  • Professional Practice
  • Inclusion

Assessment methods

School based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by your teacher-mentor who will support your professional learning experience in school.

The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. We also make full use of BlackBoard, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

A variety of assessment methods are used during the course including:critical reflections on practice, literature review, small scale research projects and design and analysis of learning experiences.

During your training, you will monitor your progression towards achieving Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will need to maintain an appropriate professional development portfolio to support this.

A final assessment will be based on observation of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Sponsorship information

Trainees are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students.

This includes:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees: this money is paid direct to LJMU
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover some of your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back

You may also be eligible for a tax-free Bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree. 

Fees

School Direct (tuition fee) trainees will be charged a tuition fee of £9,250 for their course. 

Please note: you only start repaying your student loans after you graduate and start earning over £21,000.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
PGDE Full-time Home/EU £ 9,250 Whole course 1 years
PGCE Full-time Home/EU £ 9,250 Whole course 1 years

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