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One year, Full Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • An honours degree at?2:2 or higher
  • GCSE English,?mathematics and science at?grade C/4 or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • Satisfactory occupational health and enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.


Student view

School Direct Primary

“Since home-schooling my own children whilst travelling, I have been drawn to Primary Education. Primary is the start of a child’s educational journey building their individual confidence and knowledge ready for the next stage of education. Every day as a teacher you are part of a child’s life lessons helping and guiding them, shaping their decisions, behaviours, strengths, weaknesses and imaginations; inspiring them to want to achieve their greatest learning potential. It really is the most rewarding career.”

School Direct Primary

"I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of the course and every aspect. The University lectures have been extremely informative, and I have met some amazing people including lecturers with huge amounts of knowledge. I have also loved both school placements I was put in and both mentors were extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout. I am sad to finish the course but cannot wait to start the next chapter as a qualified teacher. "? ?

Course content

Course overview

The Primary School Direct route?is a full-time, school-based programme that runs over one year. You'll get?the opportunity to work in a?school and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education qualification at the?University. You will need to apply directly to a school that will?train you in partnership with the University.?You can find more information in our?course leaflet.

Who is the course for?

School Direct is a great?opportunity if you’ve graduated but?want to work and train to teach at the same time.?

How will your time be split?

You will spend a statutory number of days at the university with the remainder of your time spent within alliance schools.

  • 25 days minimum requirement in university for subject study and professional studies
  • 3 academic assignments at Master's level
  • The training programme runs from September?
  • Phased teaching timetable
  • Alliance training and professional support
  • Second school contrasting placement

What are the benefits?

  • Salaried and Tuition fee places available - you can earn and train to teach at the same time
  • You'll be?recruited and employed directly by a school
  • You'll be based in a school, but will also be taught at university
  • Our?programme?includes a PGCE qualification so you'll be a qualified teacher in just one year
  • A mentor and link tutor will work with you throughout the course making sure you're supported

Course start date

This course starts in September.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors?
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access?PC and Mac?stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you?further your research
  • Online library resources you can access?from anywhere?at any time
  • Costa?Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone?(SIZ) to help with any enquiries?while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings?laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching resources

Education and teaching resources

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a primary school teacher.? At the end of the year upon satisfactory completion of the programme, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status alongside an academic award of PGCE or PgCE. You will then be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.? Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in alliance schools.

Indicative modules

The following modules or similar will be covered at University or at an alliance school:

  • Curriculum knowledge and pedagogy in English, Mathematics, Science and Foundation Subjects
  • Child development
  • Teaching and Learning styles
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Curriculum design
  • Core and wider curriculum subject study
  • Introduction to theory and practice of Inclusion
  • Engaging with research
  • Critical thinking
  • Behaviour for Learning models
  • Development of school based research and methodology
  • Reflective Practice
  • Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness
  • Motivation – engagement and expectancy models
  • Voice Coaching
  • Diversity, Culture, Myths, EAL, Homophobia
  • SEND – Including Speech and Language, Dyslexia, Autism
  • Characteristics of an effective teacher
  • Learning environment
  • Positive Behaviour
  • Pupil tracking, marking, assessment
  • Pupil premium
  • Closing the gap

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


The programme is delivered full-time over the school year with training delivered by university tutors and teachers within each alliance. The training covers both Professional Studies and Subject Study.

Meet our experts

Our?programmes?are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their?profiles?to see who could be teaching you


  • Assessment of QTS is against the Teachers’ Standards.
  • Assessment of the PGCE is through 3 written assignments

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 



We pride ourselves on the interview experience and want to have the opportunity to give you a clear understanding of what it would be like to study with us. The interview will be made up of different elements. We want you to learn as much about the University and the course as possible. We also want to learn more about you and see your potential to teach. Typically, there will be five parts to the process:

  1. Registration, DBS and qualification checks
  2. Campus Tour (optional)
  3. Presentation from a university tutor
  4. Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
  5. Paired interviews

Baseline audits

The baseline audit of skills will provide you with an opportunity to consider your strengths and areas for development in numeracy and literacy.

To help you prepare for the audits, head to BBC bitesize for support with the English and mathematics audits.

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required?to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which?needs to be?paid for?before the start of the course. More information can be found under ‘Additional Costs’ on this page.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Throughout your course, you will spend 24?weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which?can be by car or public transport. Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use?whilst on school experience as?schools are not required to provide these.

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide?details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more??Get in touch?with our School Direct?Team for more information.

How to apply

Applying to this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through Apply for teacher training.?For more advice on how to apply, visit the Get into Teaching?website.

Personal statements tips

Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement?tips from?the Get into Teaching website.