Information on School Direct at UEA Information on School Direct at UEA

Building on our consistent high OfSTED grades, a long standing and strong partnership with regional schools that has been highly praised by our external examiners, and very high levels of satisfaction among our PGCE students and Newly Qualified Teachers, we are delighted to be involved in the development of School Direct.

School Direct is an exciting development in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA. The programme has been developed between the University and partner schools in response to the changes in Initial Teacher Education implemented by the Department for Education.

School Direct at UEA

You will study for a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education with an additional award of 90 Master's credits – PGCE(M). The course will lead to you gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). As a School Direct trainee you will study alongside and follow the same programme as our university led PGCE(M) students.

During your course you will spend approximately two thirds of your time in school working alongside experienced teachers to develop your practice. Schools who have chosen to participate in the School Direct programme have carefully selected mentors who will help shape your training. Mentors will work alongside academic tutors at UEA to help you realise your potential as a reflective practitioner and fulfil your aspirations to become an outstanding newly qualified teacher. For the remaining third of the course you will spend time working with academic staff and peers at UEA to develop subject-specific pedagogy and explore areas of professional development. 

Which courses are on offer?

Partner Schools for Primary and Secondary Places

In 2020-21 UEA will be working with the following Lead Schools. On the School Direct route you will already know the lead and partner schools in which you will have at least one of your placements when you are offered a place on the course.

You can find out more about the partner schools mentioned above on the Norfolk County Council or Suffolk County Council websites.

How do I apply?

Applications for School Direct places are made through UCAS. You will need to search for the course you wish to apply to for and use the UCAS Course Code.

Please note: School Direct applicants will be required to meet the criteria of both the Lead School and the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. It is advised that those applying for School Direct places contact the Lead School in the first instance to discuss the places available.

Further details about entry requirements and the application process can be found on our Primary and Secondary course pages. 

Fees and Funding

The fees and funding arrangements for School Direct trainees can be found on our Primary and Secondary course pages.

Further information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

PGCE Admissions Team
telephone: +44 (0)1603 592855

Open days and events

Throughout the year, we will be hosting Teacher Training open days and events about how you can train to teach, and we will also be attending different events organised by the Department for Education which are held around the country.