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School Direct Tuition Fee

This is a fee-paying programme open to graduates and leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

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).

There is an option to complete this with an additional post-graduate qualification click here for more information.

  • Award of QTS
  • £8,680 tuition fees (2020-21)
  • Student loan available to cover fees and maintenance (repayable when employed)
  • Gradual increase of teaching hours over a year
  • Weekly professional studies sessions
  • 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 Tuition Fee 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 or equivalent international qualification 
Met the required competency in the Fundamental Skills for English and mathematics ... click here for more information

Year at a glance


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 2020-21 we will be charging a tuition fee of £8,680. 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.

Further information is available: We highly recommend using this online calculator to see what loans and benefits could be available to you. The Get Into Teaching website has important information about other benefits (childcare funding...) - click here.


Training Bursaries

For the training year 2018-2019, the following government bursaries are available:

  • Those trainees with a B grade (or above) for A-Level Mathematics (Primary General: Maths Specialism) – £6,000

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.



Surrey South Farnham SCITT is committed to safer recruitment, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young children.


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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