Taught course

School Direct (Salaried): Primary

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education
QTS/Teacher Training

Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student teacher places which can be applied for. Students will earn a salary while they train.

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been providing first-class teaching training in partnership with schools and colleges for over 100 years. All of our initial teacher training programmes across primary, secondary and post-compulsory have been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted (2013). Founded in 1902 as a teacher training college, the IOE is a world-class research and teaching institute with a central location in historic Bloomsbury, in the heart of London. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK.

There are over 60 schools in the Greater London area and beyond participating in the School Direct (Salaried) programme.

Each of these offer student teacher places in two key stages to gain a broad experience of teaching across primary age phases. You will gain experience of teaching across the primary curriculum, with a specific focus on phonics, early mathematics, inclusion and behaviour management. Opportunities also exist to spend a day in a special school and a secondary school to broaden your understanding of the adjacent and complementary phases and settings.

The training students receive from participating schools will enable them to become a skilled and confident teacher. The School Direct (Salaried) route allows you to earn whilst you learn, whilst being supported by experienced school mentors and expert University Tutors who will support your development into becoming a research-informed, reflective teacher.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification and course duration

QTS/Teacher Training

full time
12 months


The programme is delivered via a series of lectures and workshops at the UCL Institute of Education for 15 days (10 days' Professional Studies and five days subject-specific training) spread over the autumn and spring terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing an additional 45 days of training activities, alongside the practical teaching experience. Students are assessed on their practical teaching and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214