School Direct

School Direct is a Government initiative, providing school-led teacher training in close collaboration with universities, with the expectation that employment will be secured in training schools. These routes are offered in both Primary and Secondary Education. Over 98% of our trainees at The University of Wolverhampton go on not only to secure employment, but remain in teaching, with many quickly moving on to promoted posts.

School Direct programmes

There are two different School Direct programmes which lead to recommendation to NCTL for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) that we offer:

The School Direct Tuition (PGCE) route is for graduates who are looking to secure training at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools who will organise your placements and provides University and school-based training. This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards reccomendation to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), works towards a PGCE qualifcation and offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degree in education. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and are entitled to bursaries and student loans.

The School Direct Salaried route is for graduates and ideally suited to career changers with at least three years work experience. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your training year, where you will work for four days per week whilst receiving an unqualified teacher's salary. This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards reccomendation to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It provides up to 40 Masters level credits. The cost of your training to work towards QTS is covered by the school. 

Entry Criteria

School Direct applicants must fulfil national ITT and University of Wolverhampton entry criteria.

Available places for the next intake

Our School Direct Routes lead to reccomendation to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Primary and Secondary Education. Find out about the current School Direct places we have avaliable in Primary and the subject/places we on offer in Secondary.

CHOOSE TO TEACH Open Event - November 2017

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School Direct Comparison Table‌Student Teachers following either route benefit from the support of specialist university staff delivering high quality sessions based on research-informed practice. Both routes provide, pre-course support which includes:

“The quality of personal support and academic guidance given to trainees is an outstanding feature of the course” Ofsted 2013

In your NQT year you will have the option to take Masters level modules. The university offers routes to full Masters certification for serving teachers.

Self-funded Salaried route places are also available for those who wish to train at independent schools or fund their own training. For further details, please contact

The University and it's Partnerships

“The quality of training reflects the strengths of the partnership and how the relevant expertise of mentors and tutors is deployed skilfully”. (Ofsted, 2013)

Centre-based teacher training takes place at the Institute of Education, Walsall campus, with some specialist sessions taking place at partner schools. The Walsall campus also gives trainees access to a full range of student support services such as; student enabling, financial support and bursaries, state-of-the-art library with electronic access to resources, student union, student village for those relocating and sport and leisure facilities. Find out more about the Walsall campus.

School-based teacher training takes place at one of our partnership schools. This includes schools located in the following areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • Sandwell
  • Staffordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Wolverhampton
  • Walsall

Why University of Wolverhampton?

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