Taught course

School Direct Training Programme (Secondary)

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2.
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent, We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com or astarequivalency.co.uk. Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered.
  • It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you do wish to gain some experience prior to your application, you can find out more about how to arrange this online;

Other requirements:

  • An interview with both the training school and NTU is part of the selection process;
  • You will complete a diagnostic assessment of your fundamental English and mathematics skills at interview. This will inform any development that you need to undertake leading up to and during your training. There is no longer a requirement to complete Department for Education Professional Skills Tests.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling;
  • two references: one academic and one vocational.

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. You will pay tuition fees and may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership - NCTL (formerly the Teaching Agency).
  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 to international students.

Fees and funding

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 or 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)115 848 2999