The entry requirements vary depending on whether you intend to teach at primary or secondary levels. However all applicants will need the following:
- At least three years’ work experience. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting.
- Recent, relevant experience of schools. The School Experience Programme provides opportunities for observation days at schools to gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a teacher.
- A personal statement. This should demonstrate that you have reflected on your recent experience of schools and learned from it. It should also show evidence of teaching and academic potential.
- Supportive academic/professional references
- Completion of the Teaching Agency skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course
- Completion of a medical pro forma
- DBS Enhanced Disclosure
Applications for Primary:
- At least a 2:2 in a first degree. At least 50% of the degree should be in a primary National Curriculum subject(s)
- A Level grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in subjects that are in the primary National Curriculum
- GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in mathematics, English, science and a range of primary National Curriculum subjects
Applications for Secondary:
- At least a 2:2 in a first degree. At least 50% of the degree should be in the subject that you intend to teach
- A Level grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in a range of subjects including the subject that you intend to teach
- GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in mathematics, English and the subject that you intend to teach
The UCAS Teacher Training System is the portal through which you can apply for postgraduate ITT, including the School Direct Training Programme.
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6.
Months of entry
The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for high-quality graduates with at least three years’ experience of working in any sector.
Like other types of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), the programme makes you eligible for QTS, which is a requirement for everyone who teaches in state-maintained schools in England and Wales. Your training is designed to develop first class teaching skills, making use of the expertise of the University of Sunderland and the placements arranged by your school. Unlike traditional ITT, your school will pay you a salary as an unqualified teacher. What’s more, your training fees will be paid by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
There is no employment guarantee but your prospects of continuing your employment with your school after the end of your ITT are excellent depending on your progress. If you would like to find out more about School Direct and the current vacancies please click here.
Information for international students
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6. If you require accommodation please go to the following web page.
Fees and funding
For information on fees and funding please click here
You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of the qualified teacher status (QTS) award. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) provides funding to schools to cover training costs and subsidise your salary.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Steven Haswell
- +44 (0)191 515 3845