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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    University of Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

On the School Direct route, the lead schools choose the provider they work with. The school then plays a key role in recruiting trainees and organising their school placements within the partnership. School Direct students join their schools at the start of the autumn term, for an extended period of induction.

PGCE Primary, PGCE Primary (Salaried) and PGCE Primary SEND

These programmes are designed and delivered jointly by the lead school and the University of Birmingham. You will typically undertake 50% of your taught days on our Edgbaston campus and 50% of your taught days in your lead school.

The PGCE offers 60 credits at M level and you can return to the University of Birmingham once you have qualified and undertake a 2 year part time course which leads to the award of MA Teaching Studies.

PGDipEd Primary and PGDipEd Secondary

On these programmes you apply to the lead school in the partnership. You are recruited by them and benefit from professional development opportunities in the school. You become a member of the staff team and will have placements within the partnership. Unlike the PGCE programme (see above) on this route you will attend all University taught days as part of the main PGDipEd cohort, in the primary or secondary phase or subject groups.


School Direct and aapprenticeship students studying with the University of Birmingham and its School Direct partner schools can expect to be highly employable. Success in finding first teaching posts for students on the University’s postgraduate programmes is very high – and substantially above national averages. In addition to this, teachers educated with University of Birmingham partnerships typically remain in the profession and build excellent careers in teaching with progression on to leadership and management roles in schools. A significant number who follow our postgraduate programmes take up the opportunity to complete Masters study at some point after their induction year, further enhancing their career development. Employability rates for University of Birmingham postgraduate trained teachers are among the highest in the country.

Many of those who have trained to teach with the University of Birmingham are now in headteacher, head of department and similar roles across the West Midlands, nationally and beyond – and many give up time and expertise to contribute to our programmes.

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University information

University of Birmingham

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  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

A member of the Russell Group, Birmingham is a research-intensive institution. Its world-leading academics have included 11 Nobel Prize winners.
A diverse and global community, with over 8,500 international students from approximately 150 countries.
In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 81 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    147 74%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%



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