Taught course

School Direct Initial Teacher Training (salaried)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

You will need:
  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1). You should check the individual requirements on DfE Apply.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4/C or above (plus a Science subject for Primary programmes) - Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not accepted
  • a demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • significant experience in a school or other employment context
  • a school willing to employ you as an unqualified teacher while you train

Additional information:

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection event, normally at the employing school
  • All offers are conditional on applicants meeting the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children with a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure
If you want to teach a certain subject but have an insufficient level of subject knowledge in your degree, why not consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course? You may still be able to train to teach your chosen subject and be eligible for the Bursaries it attracts. See the Get into Teaching website for details.

Months of entry


Course content

The Salaried School Direct programme is an employment based route which leads to a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status at Primary or Secondary level. It is offered by Lead Schools in collaboration with LJMU.
  • Earn whilst you learn on this employment-based initial teacher training programme
  • Train to teach whilst an employee in a school setting and take on responsibility for your own classes from the first day of term
  • Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools
  • Learn from LJMU staff at our city centre campus and from expert teachers
  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher
School Direct is a route into teaching featuring a school-centred approach. As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you will be employed in a school while you train and will receive a salary from your school (the amount paid is linked to the unqualified teacher pay scale which may be enhanced by schools for some subject areas). The school will also cover the cost of your training to become a qualified teacher.
This programme is usually open to graduates with three years' work experience post graduation. Schools can, however, choose to accept applications from candidates with less work experience to attract high-quality applicants in hard-to-fill subjects, such as Mathematics and Physics. This route is ideal if you are considering a career change, but you must apply with a school willing to support you and to employ you whilst you train. If you are interested in the Salaried route, please contact the Lead School to discuss your application, before you apply.
Salaried School Direct is only offered by some school consortia; you can find out where it is available by searching https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses . Each consortium has a Lead School, which works in partnership with LJMU to develop their training programme. While all of the training is based on a framework agreed with the University, each School Direct programme is unique and you are advised to check full details of training and requirements on the Lead School’s web pages and get in touch with them before applying.
Applications for salaried School Direct places for Primary and Secondary teaching are made to Lead Schools. The interview and selection process is conducted by school staff in association with LJMU.
Our Initial Teacher Training programmes support the development of your: critical understanding of educational theory and practice; reflective practice linked to professional development and practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning. They also enhance your understanding and the application of your subject knowledge.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090