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Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

PGCE School Direct Initial Teacher Training with QTS

  • Train within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term
  • Choose from Primary or Secondary teacher training routes (see Details tab for more information)
  • 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 LJMU's excellent partner Lead Schools

School Direct is a route into teaching featuring a school-centred approach. Bursaries are available on the programme, depending on your degree classification and subject area. Training includes substantial time spent in school led by outstanding teachers.

School Direct is offered via a series of school consortia, each with a Lead School which works with LJMU to develop their training programme. As each School Direct programme is unique, you are advised to check full details of training and requirements with the Lead School.

Applications for School Direct places are made to Lead Schools via UCAS. The interview and selection process is conducted by school staff in association with LJMU.

All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status and support the development of your: critical understanding of educational theory and practice, reflective practice linked to professional development and practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning. Your training will also enhance your understanding and the application of your subject knowledge

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum a 2:2 honours degree (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1)
  • GCSE Grade 4/C or equivalent in English, Maths and Science for Primary teaching and English and Maths for Secondary teaching
  • a demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area/age range. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of a chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience

Additional information:

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme 
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection event 
  • A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Primary or Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children
  • You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found on the Get into Teaching website

Course modules

We offer a choice of Primary and Secondary routes via School Direct.  

For 2019/20, our School Direct Lead Schools are:

  • Archbishop Blanch School
  • Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance (Tarporley High School)​, Cheshire
  • CAPITAL Teaching School Alliance, Sefton​
  • Knutsford High School, Knutsford
  • Longford Park School, Manchester
  • Matthew Arnold Primary School, Liverpool
  • North Liverpool Academy
  • Our Lady of Pity Roman Catholic Primary School, Wirral​
  • Palmerston School, Liverpool
  • Pensby Primary School, Wirral
  • St Mary and St Thomas C of E Primary School, St Helens
  • Turton School, Bolton
  • The Heath School, Runcorn
  • Weatherhead High School, Wirral

[Students in classroom - Course modules]

Primary teaching 

We offer four School Direct Primary (non-salaried) programmes:

  • Primary - General (5-11 age range)
  • Primary - Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (Early Years)
  • Primary with Mathematics specialism (a bursary may be available for this route, depending on qualifications. Please see Get into Teaching for further details)
  • Primary with Physical Education specialism 

The following Secondary subjects are usually on offer but please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training search pages for the latest availability.

Secondary teaching:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Performing Arts - Dance
  • Performing Arts - Drama
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Education
  • Social Sciences


Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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

Full-time PGCE/PGDE students are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students

You will have access to:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

Subject-specific bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. Find out more at Get into Teaching. 

If you are eligible for a bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.

Bursaries of up to £30,000 are often available for those training to teach: biology, chemistry, computing, design and technology, English, geography, history, mathematics, modern languages, physics and religious education.

Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS. Find out more at Get into Teaching. 


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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGDE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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