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School Direct (Tuition) (PGCE)

School Direct Programme (Tuition) (PGCE)

This one year  programme leads to a PGCE. The School Direct (tuition) route is aimed at high quality graduates who wish to secure training and final employment at a specific school.

The School Direct (tuition) route follows the university PGCE programme in your subject. However, programme teaching is shared between university and school. As a School Direct (tuition) student you will spend some days in university but most of your training will be in school, where you will be assigned two mentors; a senior mentor and a subject mentor. You will have many opportunities to enhance your learning in various schools and alternative learning settings.

Further information about the School Direct (tuition) programme can be found here.


Placements Available

School Direct (tuition) places are listed on the UCAS Teacher Training site under our Lead School, Lordswood Girls’ School. Our training provider code is 1VK.


We are currently offering School Direct places in:










Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants with a UK-recognised Honours Degree, preferably 2:1 or above, in which the majority of the content was in your chosen teaching subject.

In addition to a good honours degree you must have GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent. A GCSE grade C or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science will also be required for candidates pursuing a place on a science based programme.

All applicants will be required to have passed the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills tests before commencing an ITT programme. Ideally candidates will have passed these tests before interview. If not, any offers made will be conditional on passing these tests. If required, The University of Wolverhampton will provide free support to pass the skills tests.

You will need to have secondary school experience in the UK and will have spent time within the subject you are applying to teach.

All candidates called to interview will be required to complete a medical fitness declaration. An enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme.

Selection Process

All applications for 2017 from 18th October 2016 will need to be made online through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Information and guidance on completing the application form can be found at:

The University of Wolverhampton will sift and short-list applications based upon the course entry requirements. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a school assessment day and a formal interview at the university. 

The school will invite shortlisted applicants to school for assessment. This will involve a full day in school. During the day you will observe students in classes, teach a short lesson and have the opportunity to talk to some staff and students. The school will decide whether a candidate would be suitable for their school or not – and list them according to preference. This information will be forwarded to the university. 

After the school assessment day, successful candidates will be required to attend an interview at the University of Wolverhampton, our accredited provider. The day will include a panel interview where you will be expected to answer questions supporting your application and complete subject knowledge audits. All original certificates for GCSE and degree qualifications and, if completed, Professional Skills Tests will be required at interview. You will also need to bring proof of identity in the form of passport or photo driving licence. 


What We Are Looking For

We are looking for trainee teachers who demonstrate strong subject knowledge in their chosen subject. You should also have studied this subject to A Level. 

Applicants should demonstrate that they can: 

  • Communicate effectively with adults and young people.
  • Reflect on any recent experience they have of teaching and their own learning.
  • Articulate their perceived professional learning needs.


Trainees on the School Direct (tuition) programme will be responsible for tuition fees and are entitled to bursaries and student loans. Further information on funding available for trainees can be found at:


Apply through the UCAS teacher training website 


Contact Us


Telephone: 0121 429 2838



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School Direct (Tuition)
School Direct Places 2016/17 across the OAKS schools
School Experience at Lordswood Girls' School
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