Taught course

School Direct Primary Initial Teacher Training with QTS

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

Applications are made through UCAS to the Lead School. Each applicant will be considered in consultation with an LJMU admissions tutor and may be asked to attend a selection event in school. Selection is based on performance in teaching and written tasks and interviews which may involve the school’s learners. The selection process will be led by the schools’ teachers and senior leaders and may involve LJMU tutors. Normally you will need: •a first degree of 2.2 or above (some Lead Schools will require a 2:1) •GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and a science subject •QTS Skills Tests •evidence of experience in a UK school setting •a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (prior to starting the programme)

Months of entry


Course content

Take the School Direct route into primary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.

  • Train to teach from within a school setting and be involved in school life from the first day of term
  • Follow a curriculum developed and delivered in partnership with outstanding local schools
  • Learn from expert teachers
  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher in one of Merseyside’s excellent schools

This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.

Although you will spend the majority of your time in school, the School Direct programmes at LJMU include University-based training sessions which take place at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school at the end of August, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days or full weeks of training. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School. Two of our School Direct programmes at Knutsford and Turton are delivered off site at the schools by LJMU staff. Trainees on these programmes are still expected to attend the Summer School.

As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.

This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Your personal tutor will meet with you regularly to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.

You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.

The following programmes are available for School Direct Primary (tuition fee):

  • Primary - General (5-11 age range)
  • Primary - Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (Early Years)
  • Primary with Mathematics specialism (A bursary may be available for this route, depending on qualifications. Please see Get into Teaching for further details)
  • Primary with Physical Education specialism

LJMU has Primary School Direct partnerships with:

  • CAPITAL Teaching School Alliance, Sefton
  • Church Drive Primary School, Wirral
  • Longford Park School, Manchester
  • Matthew Arnold Primary School, Liverpool
  • Our Lady of Pity Roman Catholic Primary School, Wirral
  • Palmerston School, Liverpool
  • Pensby Primary School, Wirral
  • Prenton Primary School
  • Weatherhead High School, Wirral
  • Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance (Tarporley High School), Cheshire
  • Knutsford High School, Knutsford
  • Turton High School, Bolton
  • The Heath School, Runcorn

You can search all subjects offered through LJMU School Direct routes via the UCAS Teacher Training search pages.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

School Direct (tuition fee) trainees will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for their course. Trainees are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students.

This includes:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees: this money is paid direct to LJMU
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover some of your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back

Please note: you only start repaying your student loans after you graduate and start earning over £21,000.

You may also be eligible for a tax-free Bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090