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Routes into teaching

School of Education

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There are several different routes into teaching available at Liverpool John Moores University. Consider the information on this page carefully and find the route that is applicable and right for you.


If you already hold a degree you will want to decide between a University-led course or a school-led (School Direct) course. You will also need to decide between secondary and primary teaching.

PGDE route

At LJMU our University-led courses are all PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) courses. They provide you with more Masters credits than a PGCE for the same duration of study and cost. We offer primary and secondary PGDE qualifications in the following:

School Direct route

We also offer a wide range of School Direct courses in primary and secondary education based in schools across the North West. The majority of these courses are PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) courses but there are some PGDE courses available through this route. Some of the School Direct courses are tuition fee and some are salaried places.


If you do not hold a degree you might be interested in the following undergraduate courses:

In addition to these courses we also have some undergraduate degrees that would provide you with a good foundation for undertaking teacher training at postgraduate level after you have graduated. These are:

Further information

Please view our brochures for further details on the routes into teaching at LJMU:

Initial Teacher Training Brochure

While making your decision you may find it useful to visit the National College for Training and Leadership and UCAS teacher training pages.