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School Direct Training Programme

If you wish to apply for a place on the School Direct salaried programme, you are required to have at least three years' work experience in addition to the eligibility shown on the 'How to apply' tab.

chools will specify which skills and experience are important to them in their UCAS entry profile and marketing material. This experience may be in any career and does not have to be from an educational setting, but should generally apply to the years following graduation. You should contact your chosen school with any questions regarding your experience.

Recent and relevant primary school experience is a pre-requisite and a minimum of 10 days is required prior to commencing the course.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for School Direct, there are alternative teacher training options available to you.

Funding: The funding available to you will depend on which School Direct training route you choose. 

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges. if you are employed by a local authority maintained school, or at the advertised rate at a teaching alliance. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct Training Programme (tuition)

You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary, depending on the degree class that you hold. You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course. Tuition fees for a course through Wolverhampton University are £9,000.

Student finance (school Direct Training Programme only)

All candidates from the EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan. In addition, candidates from the UK can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant of up to £3,250 and a maintenance loan of £5,500 (more if you live away from home and you study in London). Gov.uk offers further information about student finance, including a finance calculator to help estimate the grants and loans that may be available to you.


To find out more about the funding you might be entitled to, please visit UCAS's postgraduate funding page.