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Teacher Training Pathways

As a teacher, you have a privileged role in inspiring young minds and mentoring them to be the best they can be. You have a daily opportunity to instil an enthusiasm for learning and make a difference to the lives of your students.

At Durham, we are passionate about teaching and offer several routes, both undergraduate and postgraduate, into the profession:

If you want to experience teaching before you apply, the Department of Education offer a chance to try it out with the School experience programme.

Undergraduate Route

BA Primary Education with QTS (X101)

The BA Primary Education with QTS is a three-year degree programme. You apply directly to the University via UCAS and your placements and pedagogy are provided by your University tutor and partnership staff, alongside your academic studies.  This is an intense course, however successful completion of the programme awards a degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Postgraduate Route

PGCE programmes

Our PGCE programmes are for applicants who already have a degree. We offer both Primary and Secondary PGCE options. Applications are made via DFE Apply. The programme is a blend of subject knowledge, pedagogy, academic work and teaching experience. Your placements and pedagogy are provided by your University tutor and partnership staff.

Primary PGCE options:

Secondary PGCE options:

School Direct programme

We also offer a School Direct programme, where you apply directly to our school partners via DFE Apply.

Your placements are arranged by the school but you undertake the academic programme at Durham.

Applicants for PGCE and School Direct programmes should be aware that the programmes are longer than a standard university programme. The programmes start in the first week of September each year and do not finish until the first week in July.

Apprenticeship Route (Primary)

The Teacher Apprenticeship is a Level 6 qualification for existing graduate employees of a school. On successful completion of the programme, the apprentice will gain a PGCE Primary award in addition to the recommendation of QTS.

Assessment Only Route

If you are already working as an unqualified teacher in a school, with over two years’ experience, you may be eligible to apply for our Assessment Only route to QTS.

PGCE International Geneva

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) is being offered, through a collaborative partnership with the International School of Geneva as a full-time programme for one academic year.

Places will be offered to applicants who wish to train to teach Primary or Secondary pupils in an international school context.

You can apply for this course through our Durham University postgraduate application portal.

Please note, this course is taught in Geneva and that the PGCE (International) is not awarded with QTS, English Qualified Teacher Status. However, the students will have gathered a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they have met a set of agreed professional standards for teaching and will also have completed experiences related to International Baccalaureate working that could make them eligible for the IBO Certificate in Teaching and Learning (IBCTL) if successfully completed. This is desirable for those who want to work in International School contexts.

Before you apply please contact the International School of Geneva to make sure that you have met the entry criteria and there is a subject specialist place for you.