School Direct

School Direct is a fantastic way for you to achieve your PGCE with qualified teacher status via one of our School Direct Alliances. Get a head start on joining a school by working as you learn.

Why study a School Direct course at the University of Cumbria?

The University of Cumbria is one of the country’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships. We’re currently working with 27 school partnerships nationwide, providing hundreds of teacher training places in primary and secondary schools.

The success of our PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning. This learning process allows you to develop your teaching skills and reflect on the impact you make on pupils, the school and the community.

Your training will be delivered by both University of Cumbria tutors and experienced teachers from your School Direct Alliance. With the practitioner and academic expertise of the university and school staff at your disposal, you can become an outstanding, critically reflective teacher.

PGCE General Primary 5-11yrs

PGCE Early Years 3-7yrs

PGCE General Primary with Inclusion/SEND 5-11yrs

Entry Requirements:

Full details are available on the University website for each programme.


Usually a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.

Three GCSE’s at minimum grade C or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Science (including Biology, Chemistry or Physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31st July 2018.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy before the start of the course.