Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Secondary Teacher Training

Take the School Direct route into secondary teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience. Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term. Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with local schools. Training sessions include a week long summer school, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days towards the end of the course. You should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work. This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Your personal tutor will meet with you formally six times a year to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development. The following secondary programmes are available: Art and Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computer Science; Design and Technology; English; Geography; History; Maths; Modern Languages; Music; Performing Arts (Dance); Performing Arts (Drama); Psychology; Physical Education; Physics; Religious Education; Social Sciences.

Entry requirements

Each applicant will be considered in consultation with an LJMU admissions tutor and may be asked to attend a selection event in school. Selection is based on performance in teaching and written tasks and interviews which may involve the school�s learners. The selection process will involve the schools� teachers and senior leaders as well as LJMU tutors. Normally you will need: a first degree of 2.2 or above (some Lead Schools will require a 2.1); GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths (and in a science subject for Primary programmes); QTS Skills Tests; evidence of experience in a UK school setting; a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (prior to starting the programme).

Course modules

For PGCE, the core modules focus on: Developing reflective professional practice; learning, teaching and assessment; subject pedagogy. For PGDE, the following additional modules are studied: Pedagogy in practice; professional practice; inclusion.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used during the course including: Critical reflections on practice, literature review, small scale research projects and design and analysis of learning experiences. During your training, you will monitor your progression towards achieving Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) and will need to maintain an appropriate professional development portfolio to support this. A final assessment will be based on observation of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time - 10 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool L3 2AJ North West

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