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School Direct (QTS)

Learn about the course below
Start
September
Duration
1 year full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
Training route: £9,250 (UK/EU)
Salaried route: No fees (UK/EU)
Course leader
Zina Ioannou (Primary schools)
Tremaine Baker (Secondary schools)

School Direct is a school-led route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school.

Why study School Direct at Middlesex University?

The School Direct Training programme is available to high-quality graduates and our partnership schools offer places on both the tuition fee route and the salaried route. The salaried route means you will be able to earn a salary while you train, and aims to attract career changers and high quality candidates in hard to fill subjects.

At Middlesex, the School Direct programmes are closely aligned to the PGCE routes, meaning you will benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.

All of our School Direct programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used towards a Masters award in the future. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner. The majority of our School Direct programmes (all primary routes, secondary salaried routes and some secondary subject areas on the Tuition Fee route) are aligned with the PG Cert Teaching qualification. School Direct Tuition Fee programmes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Maths, and Music are aligned with the respective PGCE Secondary programmes.

Our extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching.

What will you study on the School Direct (QTS)?

As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.

The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University. These may include sessions which:

  • Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
  • Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.
  • Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.

Middlesex University is the linked provider for training places for school alliances led by the following partner schools:

Secondary

Primary

You can find more information about the PGCE and PGCert Teaching programmes in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change. As a student on these programmes you'll receive a free electronic textbook for each of the modules you study.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the School Direct QTS support your career?

We are proud to have strong and committed partnerships with hundreds of schools located in London and the surrounding area. After graduation, School Direct students are expected to be employed within the School where they are pursuing their School Direct programme, although this cannot be guaranteed.

Recent research into teachers' daily experiences by the Department for Education has found that teaching is better at giving you a 'natural high' than many other professions. The starting salary of a newly qualified teacher is at least £21,804 a year (£27,270 if working in inner London) and, on average, teachers' salaries increase by 30% after the first four years of their career.

Teachers can find career progression in both the classroom and the school's management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher (earning a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303).

For more information on salary and career progression, visit the Department for Education's website.

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