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How to choose the right course

It can be very confusing working out which of the many routes into teaching to choose!

We work in partnership with local universities to offer a 1-year School Direct course. This combines the best of both academic teaching and hands-on experience in the classroom. You get both the benefits of the support and facilities for students, and the experience of being part of the teaching team in real schools.

Ask yourself what you want out of your training. Make sure you also know what kind of qualification you get at the end - as not all courses offer the same. This is particularly important if you think you might want to teach abroad at some point in the future.

We have tried to explain more below:

 

What are the different types of qualifications?

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE):

  • Must include QTS – this is part of the named award of PGCE.

  • Masters credits (SHU 60 credits towards a masters – these are portable to other institutions – a full Masters’ is 180 credits).

  • You will read and write academically at level seven (Masters’ level).

  • Recognised in Scotland, Europe, Australia and other countries.

Our School Direct and SCITT programmes offer the PGCE.


Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE):

As above except has 120 Masters’ credits – offered by University of Sheffield to our School Direct trainees working with them.

 

Post Graduate Certificate:

This is usually awarded in a named subject. It is sometimes in the subject of ‘Education’ and can
mistakenly be called a ‘PGCE’ - which it is not!

It is separate to QTS and does not include QTS – QTS is awarded independently. It includes 60 Masters’ credits – often completed over two years. You will read and write academically at Level 6 and 7 (Masters’ level). But it is not recognised as a teaching qualification by other countries. You sometimes get it if you do not finish a full PGCE course – i.e. you don’t get QTS.

 

QTS Qualified Teacher Status only:

This is when you achieve QTS with no academic award.

 

Our courses

We currently offer the following School Direct courses for entry in September 2019:

Subject / Phase UCAS Course Code
Primary (5-11) 2499
Primary Early Years (3-7) 2VYS
Primary SEND 2DBB
   
ART & DESIGN 25DC
BIOLOGY 25DH
BUSINESS EDUCATION 25DK
CHEMISTRY 25DL
COMPUTER STUDIES 25DN
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 25DP
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - Food 37CT
DRAMA 2Q87
ENGLISH 25DR
GEOGRAPHY - University of Sheffield 25DS
GEOGRAPHY - Sheffield Hallam University 29DT
HISTORY 25DT
MATHEMATICS - University of Sheffield 3245
MATHEMATICS - Sheffield Hallam University 25DY
Modern Languages - The National Modern
Languages SCITT
34HZ and 342L *
MUSIC 25FH
PE 25FL
PHYSICS 25FP
RE 25FR
SOCIAL SCIENCES 2HT5

*The National Modern Languages SCITT is available for both of these UCAS codes.