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Train to teach

Leading the way in education

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at LJMU provides the confidence and skills to motivate learners.

Our programmes are designed to develop reflective practitioners who can apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact the development and achievement of young people in our schools.

We deliver innovative approaches to initial teacher education, working with primary, secondary and other education providers across the North West of England and beyond. Each year we receive outstanding feedback from our students, with 92% rating our teacher training as good or very good.

Our longstanding links with local authorities, schools and professional subject associations enable our students to gain a variety of professional experience and forge useful contacts within the sector. Our partners provide vital insights into current practice, enhancing our ongoing research and consultancy work.

The practical components of our teacher training are closely linked to the University-taught elements. This enables students to reflect on their professional development and build strategies to improve their teaching skills.

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I was really drawn to the PGDE and the opportunity to gain masters-level credits.

David Lenagh - Secondary Teaching

Your qualification.

LJMU is one of a small number of universities offering the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Like the traditional Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), the PGDE leads to Qualified Teacher Status, however, it also incorporates 120 credits at masters-level, based on assessments closely linked to classroom practice.

The PGDE can be completed over the same time frame as a PGCE, for the same cost. As the course has more credits than a PGCE, however, graduates can go on to complete a full masters degree (MA/MSc) while working as a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

Course options.

LJMU offers a choice of PGDE courses in primary and secondary teaching. We provide primary options at Foundation stage and the 5-11 sector with optional specialisms in maths or physical education. Secondary teaching courses are available in: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology (Product Design or Food), English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Performing Arts (Dance or Drama), Physics, Physics with Mathematics, Physical Education and Religious Education.

We also offer a School Direct route into teaching. With School Direct, schools, working closely with LJMU, take a lead role in all aspects of the course from recruitment to planning, delivering and managing the teacher training. LJMU works with School Direct consortia across Merseyside and Cheshire to provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in: primary education (ages 3-7 and 5-11) and various secondary subjects. Tuition fee and salaried options are available.

Interested in how you can get into teaching? Take a look at our Teacher Training section to find out more about our routes into teaching.

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