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Nottingham Institute of Education

Nottingham Institute of Education

School Direct Training Programme (Primary salaried) PGCE

School Direct is a training route which allows you to work and study within a school of your choice while studying towards a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) degree and Qualified Teacher Status.

This is an innovative training route which allows you to choose the school, or group of schools, in which you train with an intention, but no absolute guarantee, that they will employ you once you successfully graduate. School Direct is run as a partnership between a lead school, other schools in their alliance and an accredited teacher training provider.

We have established successful partnerships with schools to offer both School Direct salaried and non-salaried courses for Primary and Secondary teaching:

The School Direct Training Programme

  • This is open to all graduates (including those who expect to complete their degree prior to the September start date). You will pay tuition fees and may be eligible for student loans, and a bursary or scholarship.

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

  • This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years' career experience. You will pay tuition fees and be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school who will pay you a salary.

The salaried option of the School Direct programme is ideal if you wish to bring your career experience to the field of teaching. Career changers can bring valuable real-world skills and knowledge to the classroom to inspire the next generation.

From the beginning you will be working within a school, learning and training in the classroom while supported by qualified teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University as you progress towards gaining a postgraduate qualification in education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status.

The salary you receive will be dependent on the school you apply to and the subject you wish to teach. However you will usually be paid as an unqualified teacher on point one or above of the unqualified teacher scale.

School Direct (salaried) places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with NTU. The schools involved have an excellent history of involvement in teacher training and a long history of supporting trainees to become confident and effective teachers.

You can apply to more than one school with this programme. You apply directly through UCAS. Interview and selection will be conducted by both staff from Nottingham Institute of Education and from the school.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A UK Honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2 which can be related to the Primary Nation Curriculum
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent, gained prior to applying; and
  • at least three years’ of work experience. This can be in any career and does not need to be obtained from an educational setting. Some schools may accept less than three years, depending on the nature and relevance of the experience.

Other requirements:

  • an interview with both the training school and NTU is part of the selection process;
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy passed prior to enrolling; and
  • two references - one academic and one vocational.

Course modules

The structure of this Primary teaching degree is designed to meet the current and developing changes in primary schools in the United Kingdom. The module structure allows sufficient flexibility to address the planned governmental curricular changes, as well as reflect effective research based practice both nationally and internationally. It is vital that the entire primary curriculum is reflected across the course and is supported by a professional studies module and is closely linked to the professional placement. The course structure is designed to support trainees in the early stages of their career as well as providing a lasting support for their future careers.

The course’s four modules run concurrently throughout the year. With the exception of Primary Professional Practice, which is taught at level 6, each module is offered at either level 6 or Masters level.

  • Primary Professional Practice (0 credits)
  • Learning and Teaching: Professional Studies (20 credits)
  • Learning and Teaching: Primary Curriculum and Related Pedagogy (40 credits)
  • Primary Education Independent Study (60 credits)



School Direct (salaried) students are responsible for £3,000 tuition fee. A further £3,000 is payable by the employing school.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years

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