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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 (2019-20)
  • 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 with 2:2 or above (we will consider applications from graduates with a 3rd class degree)
Passed the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests... click here or 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 2019-20 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.


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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