Compare the routes

You might find it hard to understand the difference between our University PGCE route and our School direct route. Use our table as a quick tool to compare and contrast your options.

  University PGCE School Direct PGCE
How do I apply? Via UCAS Via UCAS
What subject can I train in

English

Geography

History

Maths

Modern Foreign Languages

Music

RE

Science

English

Geography

History

Maths

Modern Foreign Languages

Music

RE

Science

What will I learn You will study the same modules as School Direct PGCE trainees. Read the programme catalogue to find out what you will learn. You will study the same modules as University PGCE students. Read the programme catalogue to find out what you will learn.
How many schools will I study in At least 2 different secondary schools, plus 1 primary school (which must be in England). You are required to organise the placement in the primary school yourself. At least 2 secondary schools within the School Direct alliance, plus 1 primary school (which must be in England). Your primary school placement will be arranged for you by your School Direct provider. 
Will I get a say in the school I am placed in No Yes
How long will I spend in school A minimum of 125 days A minimum of 125 days
 Find out more  Find out more about University PGCEs  Find out more about School Direct PGCEs
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