Read more The University of Sussex has a history of innovation for its teaching courses: 45 years ago it pioneered the model of school-based teacher training, which has now been adopted by all training institutions in England. 

In 1993 the Sussex Consortium of Teacher Education and Research was established and has since overseen a partnership where over 100 local secondary and primary schools work together with the University to select, train and assess generations of new teachers. The result of this long-established relationship is that our trainees receive excellent support – both from schools offering professional practice placements, and from the experienced teachers who act as mentors supporting our trainees and offering models of good practice. 

Our partnership is proud to offer a range of professional and academic training courses which lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

We currently offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in primary (ages 5-11) and secondary (11-16) with specialisms in over eight subjects. For the latter, professional practice is focused on Key Stages 3 and 4, but training includes inputs on the Post-16 curriculum with teaching experience placements, where available and on request. 

Alongside these core courses, we work closely with different groups of schools and Teaching School Alliances to offer both School Direct and employment-based School Direct Salaried training routes   in Primary and Secondary phases, as well as in a broader range of subject specialisms. In most cases, the PGCE is offered to all School Direct candidates. 

To support candidates in shortage areas, we provide subject knowledge enhancement  training in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Modern Foreign Languages. For established and experienced school professionals without a teaching qualification or QTS, we offer the PGCE in Pedagogy and Practice and the Assessment-only route to QTS  . 

Our full PGCE course is equivalent to half a Masters qualification and on graduation many of our trainees opt to enrol on our innovative MA in Education course.