Taught course

School Direct Primary Initial Teacher Training with QTS

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

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)

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.5 in all components or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

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

Take the School Direct route into teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status for primary level.

Although you will spend the majority of 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

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090