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Secondary Course Structure

The School Direct (tuition fee) course is 34 working weeks in length. During the course trainees will spend 4 days a week in their school placement and 1 day a week participating in the core programme. This means trainees will spend approximately 29 weeks of the course actually training in school. This is more than the minimum of 24 weeks for all secondary postgraduate programmes. Approximately 5 weeks (one day per week across the whole course) will be spent in participating in the General Professional Studies (GPS) and the Subject Studies (SS) core programme. One of the major strengths is that the training is delivered throughout the course by practising teachers within our schools who are able to model best practice.

Secondary - The variety of school experiences

Trainees are required to complete two substantial school placements: 

  • Placement 1 in term 1
  • Placement 2 in terms 2 and 3.

There will be some scope for trainees to have two placements that are different in character and the experiences they will provide for the trainee. Additionally, CTTC has planned a post-16 placement and a Special School placement and these opportunities will be used to further mix the types of schools that a trainee experiences. Trainees will be expected to complete a Key Stage 2 primary placement and task, usually before the start of the course.