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School Direct Route

1 Years | Up To £9,250.00 | Full Time / Part Time

Introduction to route

The School Direct programme is for high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.

The Route allows you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation, undertaking a placement within primary, secondary and special education needs schools.

As well as being based in a school, you’ll also be taught by an education provider within the school’s partnership, attending lectures and seminars to bolster your hands-on experience with theories.

There are two types of training options within the route, salaried and un-salaried. Each leading to the award of QTS upon successful completion. Many courses also award a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) or masters-level credits.

Programmes generally last for one year.

Providers offering this course

University of Derby

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Not what you had in mind? Here’s other options

Teach First

Teach First is an on-the-job teacher training programme involving a 5-week introductory training course and 2 years of classroom-based learning to gain a PGDE.
2 Years | No Fees | Full Time


PGCE offers 4 hours per week classroom attendance with tutorial opportunities and self-study.
2 years | From £3,500.00 | Part time