Taught course

School Direct Training Programme (Primary)

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.1 in a subject which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum; GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent; Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB disclosure); You will need to have gained these qualifications before applying. Professional Skills tests must be passed before starting the course.


Months of entry


Course content

School Direct is an innovative new training route which allows you to work within a school of your choice while studying towards a postgraduate qualification in education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status.

There are two types of training places:

  1. The School Direct Training Programme
    This is open to all graduates (including those who expect to complete their first degree prior to the September start date). You will pay tuition fees and may be eligible for student loans, and a bursary or scholarship.
  2. The School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
    This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years' career experience. You will be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school who will pay you a salary.

Information for international students

This course is not available for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
see www.ntu.ac.uk/edufees

Trainees on a School Direct course will have to pay tuition fees to NTU. See our Fees and Funding page for details.

As a School Direct trainee, you will be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses.

If you are a UK or EU trainee, you should be eligible for a student loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant to cover the cost of your study and will only start paying the loans back when you start earning over £21,000 per annum.

You may be eligible to receive a training bursary, dependent on the subject you train for and a degree classification of at least 2:2. If you train in a school where more than a quarter of pupils are entitled for free school meals you may also receive an additional 25% training bursary top-up.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 115 848 4200
+44 (0) 115 848 8869