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What is School Direct - General Primary (Fee-funded PGCE) PGCE?

If you’re looking for a lifelong, challenging and exciting career, primary teaching may be for you. In collaboration with our school partners, we offer our students an exceptional training experience.

There are two possible awards at the end of the course, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, depending on your success in the academic elements of the course. Both awards include recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for successful candidates.

We were founded as a teaching college 175 years ago, and following the introduction of new quality requirements, our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), have successfully achieved reaccreditation in 2022 by the Department of Education.

Our ITT courses have also recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors highlighting their ‘unique’ emphasis on sustainability and the University’s strong partnership with schools.

Study style

As a more school-based route into primary teaching, not only will you study with the university (approximately 1 day per week), you will also be part of a School Direct cluster of schools, undertaking cluster-based training (approximately ½ to 1 day per week) and spending the rest of each week in allocated schools, learning alongside expert, school-based colleagues.

We place a high priority on school-based learning and on developing your analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and development skills. Each cluster works with a range of primary schools and early years settings, and will place you in at least two different schools throughout the course of training.

School placements are assessed through the scrutiny of evidence by students, school staff and university tutors, while professional development and subject knowledge are assessed through two written assignments.

Strong collaboration between outstanding professionals across the university and our school partnerships promotes inspirational, research-informed training for aspirational teachers. Our highly professional trainees take responsibility for their own learning and make an immediate impact on pupil progress. We want all of our trainees to make a significant contribution to children’s lives and to feel enriched by successful careers in teaching.

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Entry requirements

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

    • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a health declaration, which will be assessed by the University Doctor.

    • The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

      If you are offered a place it will be subject to:

      • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information
      • Satisfactory completion of suitability form
      • Verification of two references
      • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad

Course modules


Fees and costs

Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2024 School Direct - Moredon Primary School 227S £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 School Direct - Moredon Primary School 227S TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • Primary school teaching
  • Further study postgraduate diploma or MA.


All students on this course undertake 3 assessed teaching placements, in at least 2 different schools, over the course of the year.

On this course, placements are allocated by the School Direct clusters. Placement requirements are carefully considered, so that the placements build on each other in a developmental way, enabling students to quickly make progress and fulfill the full role of the class teacher by the third placement.

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