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What makes PGCE: School Direct Secondary at Worcester special?

This course provides an immersive and inspiring, school-centred training route into teaching.  The innovative design and delivery of the course places the trainee at the heart of a thriving school community from day one.

At Worcester you will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools throughout the West Midlands region and beyond. We also provide state of the art facilities to support your research, subject knowledge and communication skills - enabling you to deliver teaching with impact.

Graduates enjoy excellent employability prospects as the majority of our partner schools offer early career teaching posts to our PGCE trainees.

The Alliances we work closely with include:

Key features

  • Full immersion in the daily life of a school and all the existing challenges that it brings
  • Course elements exploring wider issues of education and society enhance your prospects as a future leader in the profession
  • Our choice of additional specialisms help enhance your expertise and career prospects, from citizenship, English as an additional language, special educational needs and disability, technology enhanced learning
  • Unparalleled personal and academic support throughout the programme that continues beyond your study and in to the early stages of your career
  • With 60 credits at postgraduate level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE can take you anywhere, from Masters study to a job on the other side of the world
  • Breadth and depth of experience across a range of schools

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Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster evenings gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in teaching taster activities, and find out about student life. The upcoming dates are:

  • 4 December 2018, 5pm-7pm
  • 5 February 2019, 5pm-7pm
  • 19 March 2019, 5pm-7pm
  • 7 May 2019, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email or complete this enquiry form.

I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages graduate, now a published author on Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching and teacher.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent*) passed at time of entry.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them.
  • Department for Education Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics must be passed prior to entry. For further details visit the Professional Skills Test page.

*If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice by email:

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the NCTL requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Professional skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.

The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.

Support we offer

We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.

Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.

If you want to teach maths, physics, biology, chemistry, computing, design and technology, or a Language don't be put off because of subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. Contact the tutor of the relevant subject for further details: Design and Technology (food and textiles); ICT/Computer Science; Maths; Geography; Modern Languages; Science: Chemistry, Science: Biology and Science: Physics.

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Want to know why so many students love living and studying in Worcester?

Our open days are the perfect way to find out.

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Course content

What will you study?

Modules within this course are linked to your specialist subject, professional studies and related assessments.

You will undertake some modules in your specialist area and others related to professional studies where the focus is related to pedagogy and practice. Modules relating to professional studies are the backbone of the course and feed into subject sessions, your work in school and related teaching.

Visit the relevant subject page for full details: Design and Technology (food and textiles); ICT/Computer Science; English; History; Maths; Modern Languages; Physical Education; Religious Education; Psychology; Geography; Economics/Business; Science: Biology; Science: Chemistry and Science: Physics.

You will be supported by a range of experience professionals including a school subject mentor, a school professional mentor who will oversee your training in school and your university subject tutor.

Enhancement Activities

Unique to Worcester is the opportunity to enhance your PGCE by following an additional Pathway in:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Citizenship
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Second Subject

Course Structure

As this is a school led programme, the majority of training takes place in schools.  There are three extended placements teaching in at least two different schools and two key stages. There are also many opportunities to gain additional experience in partner schools and settings.

Schools also offer open days & more information can be found on the schools individual websites.

The school professional studies programme runs in parallel to the university taught sessions in both subject and exploring wider issues of education and society.

Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester graduates have made a huge difference in the field of education.

Ann Jordan, Head of Institute of Education

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will benefit from a comprehensive induction as well as personalised school mentoring and University Tutor support throughout the programme. As well as the time in school there are taught days at the University with subject specialist University Tutors which will link theory and classroom practice and support research into written assignments.

You will be assessed on the basis of coursework including 3 written assignments, a portfolio and an oral presentation of a small research project, as well as on your teaching practice. To gain qualified teacher status (QTS) you must demonstrate that you can meet the Teachers’ Standards. The standards set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers, from the point of qualification - further details can be found at

Trainees are required to monitor and direct their own progress, with the support of mentors and tutors. The teaching experience assessment is based on a portfolio which allows you to monitor your own developing competence and from this reflection set targets to improve teaching and learning in your classroom. Trainee teachers play a substantial role in reviewing progress and setting action plans.


Where could it take you?


There are excellent prospects in teaching, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand, especially those who have trained in a shortage subject.

Graduates from the Secondary Direct PGCE at the University of Worcester are some of the most employable in the country. At the end of the course (July 2015) 90% of School Direct trainees gained a teaching post.

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How much will it cost?

Tuition Fees - School Direct

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE: School Direct in the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Financial support

Financial incentives

See Get Into Teaching's page on bursaries and funding.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto postgraduate teacher training courses in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages or visit the UCAS Teacher Training website for more information on applying.

Important note: when making your choices for School Direct in the apply section, under click provider, you will need to type in the name of the lead school as detailed below & not the university.

Schools being advertised on UCAS as:

Hereteach Alliance

President Kennedy School Academy 

Redhill School and Specialist Language College

Shires Teaching School Alliance

South Bromsgrove High School

The Earls High School

Woodrush Teaching School Alliance

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Administration enquiries

School Direct Administrator