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Liverpool John Moores University

School Direct Secondary Initial Teacher Training with QTS

Train to become an outstanding Secondary teacher in a wide range of subjects at LJMU and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Qualified Teacher Status.

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative secondary teacher on a course delivered in partnership with schools committed to ensuring your success
  • Choose from 16 different subject areas (see the Details tab for more information)
  • Teach across the 11-16 age range with enhancement post-16
  • Become an inquisitive, creative and reflective practitioner
  • Study full-time, over 10 months
  • Spend 120 days in a ‘Home School’ placement with a mid-course ‘Alternate’ placement
  • Gain a PGDE and 120 Level 7 credits (two thirds of a Masters degree) plus a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 
  • Benefit from employment rates above the sector average
  • Go on to study for our bespoke MA Education Practice which will compliment your first year of employment and contribute to your early career development

LJMU's Initial Teacher Training programmes are designed to develop reflective practitioners, able to apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact on the development and achievement of young people.

Our courses support the development of your: practical and critical understanding of educational theory and practice; reflective practice linked to professional development; practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning and your understanding and application of subject knowledge.

The University has a well-established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to teacher education. Our academic team is made up of successful teachers who maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date training and key insights into the field during your course.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific  requirements
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4  or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching 

Additional information:

  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum  6.5 in each component)
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Course modules

Explore the options available

We offer PGDE secondary courses in a wide range of subjects, right across the curriculum. You’ll find details of each subject below, along with information on the approach to teaching and topics covered.

  • Art and Design: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Biology: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Chemistry: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Computer Science: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Design and Technology: Secondary PGDE with QTS
  • English: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Geography: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • History: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Mathematics: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Modern Foreign Languages: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Performing Arts (Drama): Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Performing Arts (Dance): Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Physical Education: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Physics: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Physics with Mathematics: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
  • Religious Education: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Study hours

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Teaching methods

You will be taught in lead lectures, workshops and seminars, involving group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. You will also make use of our online virtual learning environment.

You will be allocated a School-based Mentor, who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements. 

Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your LJMU Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on developing theory and practice. They will cover areas such as: 

  • critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject
  • promoting inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners
  • informed and deliberate use of educational research methods to improve learning

Applied learning

You will spend 120 days on school placement.

Placements are organised, by our Work-Based Learning Unit, in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a ‘Home School’ with a shorter ‘Alternate Placement’ in a different school setting in January/February. This innovative model ensures you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.

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 a school-based Teacher-mentor, who will enhance your professional learning experience in school, and your LJMU Tutor.

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.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, you will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.

Sponsorship information

Full-time 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. 

For more information on funding matters see our Initial Teacher Training funding pages.


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) Home/EU 1 Years

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