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Frequently Asked Questions 




1.What is the difference between School Direct and other training routes?

The Department for Education’s ‘Get Into Teaching’ website allows you to compare training routes:


You need to explore all of your options to ensure you find the course that is right for you. We believe that a School Direct PGCE offers the perfect balance between school-led ‘on the job’ and University-led training.


School Direct courses generally last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – ours also awards you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and Master’s-level credits from Plymouth Marjon University.


You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.


The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible to apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. You receive the same support at the University as all other students.


2.What qualifications will I receive?


A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s level credits;

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)


3.How many places are available?

We have six places available across the Trust in 2020/21 academic year.


Whilst we will always consider applications from exceptional candidates, we keep our cohorts small to ensure the level of support provided by our course leaders is as high as possible.


4.When can I apply?

The application window for the 2020/21 academic year opened in October 2019. You can apply any time from now until the end of this academic year. As applications are processed, interviews may be offered through video links at this current time.


5. Where can I find the specific information prior to applying?

Click onto

Look for courses linked to Plymouth Marjon University.

CCE is course number N276


6. What can I do to prepare for teacher training?

We urge all potential applicants to visit our schools. Any prior school experience enables you to gauge if teaching is the right profession for you.

Contact us to enquire further about visiting  our schools for a few days.

We also encourage potential applications to read widely.

We suggest:


TES Magazine:

TeachPrimary Magazine:


7. Can I choose which schools to go to for my placements?

We work closely with you to decide the best schools for you to go to – these could be based on where you live, your transport needs and also any particular strengths you wish to share and develop. We will try to give you two completely contrasting schools during the year.


8.What about University based work – what will I be expected to do?

It is compulsory to be at Marjon for the Induction day, ‘taught sessions’ and all conferences, where you will be with all Post Grad students. You will also be able to attend some of their subject focus days.

Through these University taught sessions and using your experience in school you will be expected to complete four assignments assessed at Master level. More details will be available in the ‘Primary School Direct PGCE with QTS Handbook’.


9. How can I ensure my application stands out?

Read our ‘teacher training’ web pages to find out what we’re looking for.


10. if I am successful when would I start?

Our course runs in line with the Trust academic year. Two school INSET days have been arranged for 3rd and 4th September. These will include some whole school training where you would be expected to attend. There will also be a University Induction day to attend.

It may be that when you visit the school during the Summer Term to meet staff, you may make other arrangements to be in school from the 1st September 2020.


11.Other questions:

If you have read the information on our website and have additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.