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School Direct PGCE

Teachers in England require QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in order to be recognised qualified teachers. The PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is an additional academic award . This is optional and can be undertaken during the training year (several Universities now offer a 'top-up PGCE' that can be undertaken following the award of QTS alongside your employment as a qualified teacher - this could enable you to gain this academic qualification after teacher training).

As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two).

Our rigorous School Direct tuition fee and salaried programmes challenge and develop subject knowledge and pedagogical awareness  thorough engagement with reading, educational research and time in a classroom. Very few of our trainees with QTS experience problems during their NQT year and retention rates (over 90% after 5 years) are consistently above the national average.

We are aware of the demand of PGCE masters accreditation and we have developed a programme with The University of Roehampton that can be followed during the training year. This enables those who wish to engage with a PGCE to do so. There is also an opportunity to pursue a PGCE after gaining your teaching qualification. 

This is a fee-paying programme open to high quality graduates and leads to the qualification of PGCE (with Masters credits) and award of QTS.

  • Award of QTS
  • Additional PGCE accreditation with 60 Masters credits
  • £9,250 tuition fees
  • Student loan available to cover fees and maintenance (repayable when employed)
  • If you have a ‘B’ grade or above for A-level Mathematics then you are eligible for our ‘Primary with Mathematics’ programme. This generates a grant to cover additional specialist training in the subject and can be undertaken alongside a PGCE. Click here to see full details.
  • Gradual increase of teaching hours over a year
  • Weekly professional studies sessions
  • Additional training sessions delivered by The University of Roehampton
  • Expectation of employment within the partnership

Am I eligible?

We are looking for people with the desire and passion to challenge and inspire children. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, resilience and determination are essential qualities.

To apply for a place on our School Direct PGCE programme there are entry requirements.

Use our checklist below:

GCSE passes or equivalent, at Grade C (or new grade 4) or above in English, Maths and Science
First degree (2:1 or above) or international equivalent
Met the required competency in the Fundamental Skills for English and mathematics ... click here for more information

Year at a glance


The University of Roehampton PGCE sessions in addition to - 

Weekly programme of: 3 days in a host school 1 day school based training  1 day Professional Studies


Weekly programme cont'd...

Six week placement in a second school - new age range



Teaching practice at your host school.

Final assessment
Award of QTS



Funding, Bursaries and Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees

For the academic year 2020-2021 we will be charging a tuition fee of £9,250 for our School Direct tuition fee PGCE programme. You may be eligible for a maintenance grant or special support but this will be determined by the Student Loan Company ( when you make an application for your tuition fee loan.

Training Bursaries

For the training year 2020-2021 there is a bursary available for all applicants who hold an A-Level (grade B or above) in Mathematics. Please click here for more information regarding our Primary General with Mathematics.

There are several financial benefits available to you - click here to find out more.

If you’re eligible for a bursary, the payments will be processed automatically by Surrey South Farnham SCITT.  

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the Government’s ‘equivalency table’  to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary.

If you are not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard student loans and/or grants to help fund your training.

Additional maintenance grants and loans

UK residents may be eligible for a student maintenance loan or non-repayable maintenance grant to help towards accommodation and other living costs. For information regarding this (and advice for trainees from the EU) go to