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The School Direct PGCE course is assessed at postgraduate certificate level. It incorporates two 30-credit modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. 

For the award of the PGCE and to achieve Teacher Standards, you must have reached the required standard in both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. In keeping with the nature of the course, which is vocational and postgraduate in approach, there are no written examinations. 

Practical Teaching is assessed by the University tutors, school based mentors and coordinators, and External Examiners. Account is taken of your work over all school based elements of the course and your own written records of such work.

The University does not allow an automatic right to re-sit practical teaching if you fail this part of the course. If the right to re-sit is granted, then the opportunity is dependent upon locating a partner school which agrees to place you. 

On the course, you are required to submit various pieces of work related to your course. The assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.