Course structure

School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. This non-salaried route is run by a school, or group of schools, that work closely with a university or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) consortium that certifies successful trainees. You’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught by the university, college, or SCITT that the school partners with.

Entry requirements
  • A degree awarded by a UK Higher Education institution or recognised alternative,  C/4 in GCSE Maths and English, also science if applying for primary. Pass in professional skills test. Some training providers may also have specific entry criteria.
  • DBS Check
Qualifications gained

QTS. While the majority of School Direct training programmes include a PGCE qualification, not all do.

  • N/A but you can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans
  • Tax-free bursaries may also be available 

The amount providers charge varies – for UK and EU students, it can be up to £9,250 per year for a full-time programme starting in 2018.


1 year

How to apply

UCAS Teacher Training

List of Wolverhampton Providers
Now Teach
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Now Teach brings experienced professionals into teaching.  

As lives and careers last longer, Now Teach is uniquely tailored to support people as they change profession and redeploy their talent and experience in the classroom; addressing declining numbers of qualifying teachers and ensuring the students who need it most get the best education possible. 

In doing so, Now Teach aims to draw on the experience its teachers have from successful careers in industry and the public sector to inform the future direction of our education system and the teaching profession.

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Connected Partnership
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ConnectEd Partnership is a unique partnership of over 100 Wolverhampton schools across all phases that have come together to share skills, experience, talent and capacity to improve learning outcomes and achievements of our children and young people.

ConnectEd’s aim is to train and develop outstanding teachers, so as a ConnectEd Partnership trainee teacher you will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of primary settings, experienced in delivering high-quality teacher training.

ConnectEd, you will receive wide-ranging experiences, support and development that will make you a highly sought-after qualified teacher.

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University of Wolverhampton
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The University of Wolverhampton has been providing students with the opportunities presented by a first-class education for over 180 years. One of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, at the Institute of Education we offer a comprehensive range of nationally-recognised courses for the education professionals of the future, including cutting-edge teacher training and undergraduate courses.

The University of Wolverhampton's attractive offering to students from around the world includes 96% graduate employability (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2017).

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Elston Hall & St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance

Elston Hall & St Bartholomew’s Teaching School Alliance is offering places on the School Direct (Tuition) route, in conjunction with the University of Birmingham. 

Across the academic year, you spend around 26 days at the university and the remainder of the time at three schools within our two Multi Academy Trusts. The schools are all based in Wolverhampton/South Staffordshire. Candidates will teach pupils across the 3-11 age range. Across the year, we will endeavour to ensure students experience schools of varying sizes/profiles and different year groups/Key Stages.

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Manor Primary
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Manor Primary is an outstanding school with outcomes that have been amongst the best in the country for more than a decade. We work with a group of outstanding and good schools that are highly skilled at supporting and training the next generation of teachers and have done so for many years. We are a National Teaching School that supports many schools improve nationally. We are also a lead school in a Multi Academy Trust. We have extensive experience at training teachers and have delivered a highly successful school direct programme since school direct began. Our trainees are highly sought after and 100% of then since we began this journey have secured jobs, all of them are still in teaching and many of them have been fast tracked into leadership posts.

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