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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) *
Salaried route: No fees (UK) *
Course leader
Clare Harding (Primary)
Catherine Walsh (Secondary)

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 partner 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 master's degree 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 in to 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 PGCert Teaching qualification. School Direct Tuition Fee programmes in biology, chemistry, physics,  drama with English, English, geography, history, and mathematics 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 and the primary School Direct Tuition Fee provision offered through the Brent Initial Teacher Training alliance is aligned with our primary PGCE programme.

Accreditation

Our degree is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency, Department for Education.


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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. Your training programme has fully embedded the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training. You will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to fully meet the Teacher Standards by the end of your apprenticeship training. 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 will be provided through a blended programme of online and campus teaching. It includes subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies.

  • 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 and diversity and future curriculums.

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

Secondary

Primary

As a student on this programme you'll receive a free electronic textbook for each of the modules you study.

Modules

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, and have resumed the majority of our teaching on campus.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start. Delivery may differ in light of block teaching requirements, with theory sections covered online and practical sessions delivered in specialist spaces on campus.

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online
  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.

Support

You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

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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.

Our employment rates are extremely high. Typically over 95% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation. As a newly qualified teacher, your salary will be between £25,714 and £32,157, depending on where you teach.

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.

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


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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