Taught course

School Direct Training Programme (Secondary)

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent. These must have been gained prior to applying.

Other requirements:

  • an interview with both the training school and NTU is part of the selection process;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • Prohibition Order check; and
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy passed prior to enrolling; and
  • two references: one academic and one vocational.
  • Applicants must evidence a minimum of ten days' mainstream UK Secondary school experience (paid or voluntary) in their application. If already completed, this experience must have been gained within the last two years. You may be working towards gaining the relevant experience required at the time of application but this must be completed before the start of the course and you should reference this in your application.

In exceptional circumstances applicants may be considered who do not have a strong degree match, but who have other relevant qualifications, including an A-level in the subject and extensive professional experience. We do not accept Ordinary degrees. The key consideration is if you are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject that is commensurate with graduate level understanding.

After interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level subject knowledge may be offered a place on the course, dependent on successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in that subject prior to commencing their teacher training year. For further information about our SKE courses, see our website.

If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate.

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 4200