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Teacher Training, PGCE Primary/Secondary, School Direct 2014-15

At a Glance

Start date:
01 / 09 / 2014

1 year full-time

Places Available:
The number of places available can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training website. (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements
• A first degree, normally of 2:1 or above (for secondary, 50% of your degree should be in the subject you wish to teach. If you have relevant experience, we will consider a 2:2 honours degree)
• A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in English and mathematics. If you are applying for primary teaching, you must also have a science GCSE grade C or above
• The ability to speak, read and write well in English
• You must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course. We ask that you provide proof that you have registered for the tests if we ask you to come for an interview. There is information on the Department for Education website about the tests. The skills tests are set in the context of a school environment; you are not expected to have any knowledge of specific terminology in order to pass the tests. The practice materials should help you decide if you are ready to take the tests or if you need to prepare further before applying. This is in addition to the GCSE English and mathematics requirements above.
• A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44, October 2013). You don’t need to do anything before you apply; we will let you know what you need to do during the application process
• These are the usual entry requirements; however if you have older or different qualifications don’t be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds
• If you have a degree from overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, together with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution to enable us to check if it reaches the UK 2:2 degree classification level.

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The course

The University of Huddersfield is pleased to be the training provider for a number of our primary and secondary partner schools who have School Direct places. School Direct is a school-led route into teacher training which allows you to choose the school, or partnership of schools that you will be trained in whilst being supported by training from the University of Huddersfield.

Successful completion of the School Direct programme will lead to the award of PGCE or PgCert Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

The school or partnership of schools you have applied to will be involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is an expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified. School Direct trainees will benefit from studying with other trainees on the PGCE programme and the school-led and University elements of the programme are closely related. You will complete your school placements within your School Direct partnership and will be supported throughout the year by mentors in school and University tutors.

We have places with these partnerships in 2014/15;
Brighouse High School
Whitehill Community Academy
Shelley First School
St. Chad's Church of England Primary School

We are also working in partnership with the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) , with the Pennine Teaching School Alliance and Heckmondwike Grammar School

There are a variety of places with each partnership;
• Primary teacher training – Early Years and Key Stage 1
• Primary teacher training – General
• Secondary teacher training subjects – art and design, biology, chemistry, combined science, computer science, design technology, English, geography, history, mathematics, modern foreign languages, music, physics and religious education.

And if you'd like to know more about what we get up to, we have a special 'news and events' section which we update with the latest news.

Course content

You will study a range of modules appropriate to the school phase and subject you have chosen to teach. The modules focus on age specific subject specialist pedagogy and understanding of the curriculum; themes such as inclusion, behaviour for learning and assessment as well as the development of your professional practice in school.


During the year you will have two placements within your School Direct alliance schools. In school you will be assigned a trained mentor who will work with you and support your professional development throughout the year. During the placements, you will be visited by your University Tutor to support and guide you as you develop as an effective teacher.

We've included some photos showing you some of the student work, assessments and our superb facilities. Have a look here.

Career opportunities

Research by a government agency has put the University of Huddersfield’s School of Education and Professional Development at the top of the class for propelling its students into well-paid careers. And for School Direct trainees, the partnership schools have the capacity to employ trainees once qualified.


The University aspect of this course is based in the Lockside and Canalside East buildings. Lockside, an award winning renovated mill alongside the Huddersfield Narrow canal, houses teaching rooms, computer labs and staff offices. The teaching rooms are well equipped, with AV equipment (including electronic whiteboards) plus links to the internet. Lockside also provides a range of subject and age phase specialist rooms and resources to support your studies.

We have an open access computer lab and the many computers in our teaching rooms are available outside timetabled hours. They hold a wealth of software for our courses; including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Studio as well as specialist course software. Wireless internet connections are also available.

You receive training from the Academic Librarian on information and research skills and electronic methods of accessing library facilities. Training on the use of UniLearn helps you access our virtual learning environment.

Who will teach me?

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fee and financial support
The fee for Home and EU students coming to Huddersfield for this course are the same as for full-time undergraduate students and details are in the finance and fees section, where you can also find information about financial support.

You might also like to view our video about tuition fees, loans and repayments on Youtube .

Information about becoming a teacher and salary and career prospects can be found on the National College for Teaching and Leadership here.

Other information

Skills tests
You should note that you have to pass two skills tests, in literacy and numeracy, before you start your course and during the application process. Please note that you need to ensure you have registered for these by the time of your interviews and, if possible, provide proof of this. There is information on DfE website about the tests. We understand that the first time you take this test it is free; however, if you need to retake there will be a charge.

This is in addition to the entry requirement for GCSEs in English, maths and science (for primary teacher applicants).

The skills tests are set in the context of a school environment; you are not expected to have any knowledge of specific terminology in order to pass the test. There is practice material available on the DfE website DfE website and for help with the numeracy test look at This should help you decide if you are ready to take the tests or need to become proficient in the skills assessed before applying for your course.

You must have submitted an application form for your course before you can register for the tests.

You can resit if you fail but you need to note that you can take only two resits. If you fail after two resits you will not be able to take any more skills tests, in either subject, for 24 months from the date of the second resit. The aim of this is to give you a reasonable time to become proficient at the skills assessed before further retakes.

You may find the book 'Passing the Professional Skills tests for Trainee Teachers and Getting into ITT, published by Sage and by Bond, Johnson, Patmore, Weiss and Barker useful.

Troops to teachers
We are also involved in the ‘Troops to Teachers’ project in collaboration with other higher education institutions. See the Department for Education information for further details.


Please see the information about the skills tests in the 'other information' section. In addition, you should note that you will not be able to take the skills tests outside the UK. If you are an international student, we may decide to interview you before you take the skills tests, allowing you to take the tests at a test centre in the UK later in the application process but before you start your teacher training course.

How to apply

We hope you’re interested in what you’ve seen and want to apply to join us.
Application are made via UCAS Teacher Training

International applicants should apply in the same way.

Please note: The UCAS teacher-training website will go live on Thursday 21 November for September 2014 applications.


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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