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Our partnership schools work closely together and are experienced in the delivery of excellent Initial Teacher Training with committed, talented mentors in place in all schools. Our highly rated School Direct programme offers a superb route into our rich and rewarding profession.

As part of the Government’s drive to recruit high quality graduates to the teaching profession, Trinity School is pleased to be offering Secondary School Direct places.

  • The course duration is full time from September.
  • PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: (11-16yrs).
  • Sixth form experiences are included, but this is not a requirement for QTS.
  • The programme runs in partnership with University of Cumbria.
  • The programme runs within the alliance of schools and you will be taught by experienced teachers, but there will also be specialist input from UoC staff on-site.
  • A minimum UK degree or recognised equivalent qualification depending on your chosen specialism, is required. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July prior to entry.
  • GCSE grade C/Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July prior to entry.

Programme fees

Home/EU: £9,250
Many PGCE courses may attract a training bursary based on subject:

‘I am hugely impressed with…training sessions…we get specific, vital knowledge from real-life, practicing teachers. In terms of school placement, I feel… immensely well supported.’

‘The training provision has been comprehensive, compelling, and of a high standard.’

We are proud of the supportive and intensive training that we offer. We aim to maximise the potential of each of our trainees.

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the training days. Guest speakers have always been engaging and relevant, and have helped profusely with the current assignments…a warm environment for us to learn in, and I look forward to each session with the group.’

Our partnership offers trainee teachers a rich and varied experience of different types of schools in a range of settings, from schools in local market towns, to schools in an outlying villages, to city centre schools in the heart of Carlisle itself.

‘I have found it interesting going into the various schools and gaining an insight into each school’s ethos.’

‘I think it is beneficial towards my future career as it enables me to gain an understanding of various schools.’

Within the partnership we have extensive experience of delivering high quality professional development opportunities to teachers at all stages of their careers. Practicing specialists in areas such as behaviour management and differentiation from across our schools will provide expert guidance on key aspects of the craft of the classroom.

‘I have enjoyed practicing teachers giving the sessions as I feel their practice is more up to date and relevant to my own professional development.’

‘The training feels more personalised…and feels like it has been related to our growing needs.’

We are delighted to be offering our School Direct places in partnership with the  University of Cumbria  who are the third largest School Direct Higher Education partner in the UK and the largest in the North West. Our School Direct training courses therefore offer the full PGCE qualification, complete with Masters level components.

Carlisle School Direct Secondary Places

You can find our available Secondary subjects for the next academic year below.

These are our Secondary training subjects

    • English
    • Maths
    • History
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Modern Foreign Languages
    • Geography
    • PE
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Design and Technology
    • Religious Education
    • Art and Design
    • Music


Click on the links below to find out more about the schools in our Secondary partnership:

Nelson Thomlinson School

William Howard School

Caldew School



Newman Catholic School


Ullswater Community College




Learning Teaching Together In our Schools

Learning Teaching Together In our Schools

Learning Teaching Together our Schools

If you are interested in finding out more about our School Direct routes into Primary teaching contact: Jacqui Percival –

If you are interested in finding out more about our Secondary programme contact: Dave Medley 


More Information

For more info on our Secondary places please contact
Mr David Medley,
Secondary Programme Lead,
Tel: 01228 516 051

Course Codes

Art and Design 2FRG
Biology 2FRX
Chemistry 28XW
Computer Science 28XX
Design and Technology 2FRR
English 28XN
Geography 28XL
History 28YH
Mathematics 28XQ
Modern Languages 28Y2
Modern Languages (French) 28Y5
Modern Languages (Spanish) 28Y3
Music 2FRC
Physical Education 2D23
Physics 28XV
Religious Education 28YD