About the course
Students on the secondary School Direct programme undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master's level.
The course combines school based learning with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University of Birmingham. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, student study areas and online learning support.
Application forms are considered by the University of Birmingham, Lordswood Girls' School and the partner school offering the placement.
All successful applicants are invited to attend an interview which normally takes place in the placement school. Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.
How school placements work
During the programme you will complete two secondary school placements. The main placement school is chosen through your UCAS application and the second school placement is negotiated on an individual basis with our partner schools to offer a contrasting and complementary experience.
During your secondary school placements you will experience teaching students across the 11-18 age range.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- UK recognised honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification, in which 50% of the content was in English or an English related subject.
- GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English language and mathematics.
Successful applicants will be those that:
- Have a clear and reflective understanding of what good teaching involves.
- Understand that the training year is demanding in time and effort.
- Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their educational need and background.
- Can work in teams with a range of other professionals.
- Are well organised and able to plan.
- Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions.
- Have a commitment to their own career development.
Ideally you will have secondary school experience in the UK and will have spent time within the subject you are applying to teach.
Complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
Agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.
An enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme.
About the training provider
Lordswood Girls’ School is a school that does not stand still. We are constantly striving to improve on our best, be it with regard to school facilities and the educational opportunities that we offer students, or in the range of innovative projects in which the school is involved and which enable Lordswood Girls’ School to remain at the cutting edge of education.
We are very proud of our position as one of the top schools, both in Birmingham and nationally. The school has been ranked consistently within the top 10% of all schools nationally, based on examination performance at Key Stage 4 and enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic, sporting, and artistic achievements.
Lordswood Girls' School is a member of the Oaks Collegiate, a group of nine mainstream schools and one special school located in south west Birmingham. Together we work in partnership to develop best practice and improve the quality of learning in all Oaks schools. The collegiate is instrumental in developing and delivering teacher training and offers a comprehensive programme of continuing professional development. Network groups and courses support teachers at every stage of their career, from NQTs to middle and senior leaders.
Through our partnership with the Oaks collegiate we are able to offer teachers who train with us an opportunity to complete their placements in a range of schools; from single sex to co-educational, from special schools to sixth form centres. Further information about our partner schools can be found on our school website.
About the accredited body
University of Birmingham
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Bartley Green School
Adams Hill, Birmingham B32 3QJ
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