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Routes into Teaching 2017-10-24T14:24:45+00:00

Primary and Secondary Routes into Teaching

Trainees on all routes into teaching spend the majority of time teaching and learning in school and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which includes 60 credits at Masters Level.

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Trainees can opt for the following age ranges:

  • Early years              3 – 7 years
  • Primary                    5 – 11 years
  • General primary     3 – 11 years
  • Secondary               11 – 19 years

School based training provides you with the opportunity to achieve the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. Your training includes placements in at least two schools. You will gain a sound understanding of how pupils’ learning progresses across the primary or secondary curriculum and how to have a positive impact on this. There is also an option to gain experience in a Special School. 


On all routes into teaching, trainees receive ongoing guidance and support. This continues into your first year of teaching as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The Teaching London team will visit you and are always available to give advice.

School Direct Primary and Secondary Programmes

Candidates apply via UCAS directly to a Lead School in the Teaching London partnership. If successful, you will be based at one school throughout your training with a second placement in a different setting, where possible within this school’s partnership. List of Lead Schools.

There are two School Direct training options:

School Direct Salaried Training Programme

This is an employment based route where career changers, i.e. graduates with at least three years’ work experience in any field, are employed as unqualified teachers and earn a salary as an unqualified teacher whilst training. See Finance for further details of fees and funding.

School Direct Tuition Fee Training Programme

This is a school-based route where a tuition fee applies. You will be based at one school throughout your training with a second placement in a different setting, where possible within this school’s partnership. You will not earn a salary on this school direct route although some schools in the Teaching London partnership will contribute to your training costs. Bursaries and scholarships are also available for eligible trainees.  See Finance for further details of fees and funding.

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Core SCITT PGCE


Trainees on this route apply via UCAS to Teaching London. You will have two placements in your host school in the Autumn and Summer terms with a further placement in a contrasting school during the Spring term.

Trainees will need to pay a tuition fee for this programme. Bursaries and scholarships are available for eligible trainees.  See Finance for further details of fees and funding.

See Finance for further details of fees and funding.

Find out more about training and how to apply:Teaching London lecturers give advice on how to become an outstanding teacher.

For more information about School Direct, Core PGCE or for application advice:

  • Speak to one of the Teaching London Team on 020 7932 1126
  • Meet us at Train to Teach Events
  • Book to come on one of our Open Days or Taster Days Events