Nottingham Trent University

School Direct Training Programme (Primary salaried)

School Direct Training Programme (Primary salaried)

The School Direct (salaried) course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University.

At the University you will study for the same award as other postgraduate teacher trainees except that the delivery will have more emphasis on being trained within a school environment and will involve more staff from schools:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credit points at Masters level)
Professional Certificate in Education.

Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a postgraduate qualification.

You will be a registered student with NTU and your qualification will be an NTU award. This means that NTU has responsibility for the quality of your training and you will benefit from the combined expertise of the University and lead placement school. The exact form of the delivery of the year will depend on the school to which you apply.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A UK Honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2 which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum; and
  • GCSE Mathematics, English and Science at minimum grade 4 or equivalent. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered.; 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; and
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling; and
  • 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.

Sponsorship information

As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you may not be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses. However, you will be paid a salary (determined by the school you train with).

* 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 Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 3,000 per Academic year () Months

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