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Teaching: School Direct Partnership Provision (Primary and Secondary)

Within its school partnership, the University of Worcester introduced School Direct (Training) and School Direct (salaried) programmes in 2012 -13 as part of the range of post graduate opportunities in teacher training. These are available throughout the age ranges of the primary and secondary phases in education.

The University of Worcester is keen to extend its successful partnership with regional schools into the next phase and recruitment drive for School Direct for 2016-17.

School Direct is the new way of training teachers that puts schools at the heart of the process. With School Direct, schools can:

  • Request training places directly
  • Select the accredited provider of teacher training they want to work with
  • Agree the content and focus of the training programme depending on their school’s needs
  • Negotiate directly with the provider on how the money for training should be divided.

School Direct is available in primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs) across England. Within its school partnership, the University of Worcester operates the School Direct (Training) and School Direct (Salaried) programmes. These are postgraduate programmes offering Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 credits at masters level with an outstanding accredited ITT provider. For September 2015, the University of Worcester will provide a PGCE in early years (3-7) primary (5-11) and secondary (11-16 with post-16 enhancement). 

The majority of places available for 2015 -16 are for School Direct (Training) programme. The School Direct training programme (salaried) is an employment-based programme aimed at career changers.

School Direct Training

The School Direct programme is open to all eligible graduates with a 2:2 or above (see the National College for Teaching and Leadership website for eligibility criteria) and is funded by student tuition fees (currently £9,000) paid by the trainee. A trainee may be entitled to receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) dependent on phase/subject/degree classification. Visit the NCTL website for full details.

School Direct (Salaried)

The School Direct (salaried) programme is intended for high achieving career changers who have at least a 2:2 for their first degree. Another feature of this programme is that eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate three years' previous career experience. Trainees on School Direct (salaried) will be employed and paid a salary by the school, as a minimum; on the lowest point of the unqualified teacher scale (currently this is £15,817 outside London).

The University of Worcester offers the following subject specialisms for both School Direct Training and School Direct Salaried:


  • Early Years
  • General Primary
  • Primary Mathematics Specialist


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology (Food and Textiles)
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics with Business Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Physics


The School Direct Training and School Direct (salaried) are now open. Applications can be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Visit our Teacher Training Applications page for more information.       

To enquire about these routes via the University, please email

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

For primary programmes an Honours Degree (preferably 2:1 or above) or equivalent.

For secondary programmes a relevant degree (preferably 2:2 or above) in the choice of subject you wish to teach in school. A degree related to subject for native speakers applying for Languages may not apply.

Grade C in GCSE or equivalent in English and Mathematics. All primary applicants must also hold GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C or above in a Science Subject. These GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications should have been obtained at the time of application.

You will need to provide evidence of recent school experience in a teaching setting. Those applying for the salaried programme will need to clearly demonstrate significant school or educational setting experience prior to commencement of the programme.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

The NCTL requires all trainee teachers, prior to starting the course, to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach, to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)and have passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.



There are excellent prospects in teaching; Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates. The School Direct programmes, whilst a training programme, provides a sustained school experience throughout the school year and the opportunity to be fully immersed in the school community.