Course structure

School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based route. You’ll earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. This route is available for both primary and secondary teaching and is run by individual schools or a group of schools. These providers work closely with a university or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) consortium, that is able to certify successful trainees.

Entry requirements


An undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification. C/4 in GCSE Maths and English, also science if applying for primary. Pass in professional skills test. Generally at least three years’ transferable work history. 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.


You will receive an unqualified teacher's salary from your school, and the cost of your training will be covered, but you may be charged for your PGCE fees if awarded.


In some cases


1 year

How to apply

UCAS Teacher Training

List of Wolverhampton Providers
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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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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