University of Derby PGCE

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University of Derby PGCE

How to apply

Our School Direct route provides the ideal combination of highly regarded qualifications and hands-on experience, giving you a strong career advantage.

Fully prepared for a teaching role

School Direct courses have high levels of employment and student satisfaction. You will be recruited as a trainee and based mainly in one of our partner school alliances, so you will become a valuable part of a school team from the start.

With intensive support in the classroom and the guidance of University experts, you will be fully prepared for the practical demands of secondary teaching. This includes teaching your chosen subject.

As part of the course, you will undertake two main teaching placements, supported throughout by our trained school mentors and link tutors.

You will also spend time at the University to help put your school experience in the context of educational policy and theory.

An inspiring learning experience

With a rich heritage in teacher training dating back over 150 years, we have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.

In a 2015 Ofsted inspection, inspectors said our students show excellent professional conduct and are highly regarded in the schools in which they train.

The power of partnerships

As one of the major Initial Teacher Education providers in the East Midlands, we have longstanding partnerships with more than 300 schools across the region, including rural, multi-cultural and inner city schools.

For the School Direct course, we have joined forces with partner schools who are committed to providing you with a high-quality, challenging and exciting training experience.

Broaden your perspectives

Alongside your two main teaching placements, you will have the chance to visit other schools and to work with children from different backgrounds. This includes the opportunity to gain experience in a special school.