Taught course

School Direct Training Programme (Secondary)

University of Greenwich · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A good honours degree (2.2 or above) from a UK university or equivalent in the relevant subject PLUS grade C at GCSE in English language and mathematics prior to application. • You must attend an interview • You must provide recent evidence of working with/observing children in a school classroom • You must pass pre-entry numeracy and literacy skills tests prior to commencing the programme. For more information see: www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching/ • You will undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening • Those who apply for the School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) must be able to provide evidence of three or more years’ career experience (this does not have to be in an educational setting).

Months of entry


Course content

School Direct is a teacher training scheme that enables candidates to apply for training within a school or group of schools.

Each programme is delivered in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution, such as the University of Greenwich, and comprises on-the-job training and university-based courses.

Successful graduates from School Direct programmes can expect to find employment within their training school or in another school that is part of the scheme.

School Direct offers two types of training place:

School Direct Training Programme places are open to all graduates and are funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. A bursary may be available from the Department for Education. The university supports a wide range of subjects on the Tuition Fee route, including mathematics, physics, physics with mathematics, chemistry, biology, music, computer science, design technology, physical education and French.

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) places are open to graduates with prior career experience (not necessarily in education). Trainees are employed as unqualified teachers with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. For the Salaried route, the university can support all subjects offered by the training school.

The University of Greenwich is currently working in partnership with the following schools and providers for secondary School Direct training places:

The Royal Greenwich Teaching Schools Alliance (St Ursula's Convent School, Greenwich, Plumstead Manor School, Thomas Tallis School, John Roan School, Eltham Hill School); Dunraven School, Streatham; Trinity Church of England School, Belvedere; Valentines School, Ilford; St Angela’s Ursuline Convent School, Forest Gate; Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Saltwood; Forest Hill School, Lewisham; Northgate School, Edgware; The Leigh Technology College, Dartford; Woolwich Polytechnic School, Thamesmead.

All School Direct places will lead to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS) and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.

For more details visit www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to work with secondary school pupils
  • To develop the professional values and practice needed to meet the broad demands of teaching.
  • Professional E-Portfolio (15 credits)
  • Professional Studies and School-Based Research (45 credits)
  • School Experience (30 credits)
  • Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 and 2 (60 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000