Initial Teacher Training (ITT)


School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. This non-salaried route is run by Trinity, and we work closely with Liverpool John Moores University, who deliver the optional PG Cert. element of the course.

  • School Direct programmes are popular with students who are hoping to gain a position in their placement school following their training.

  • Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.

  • Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.

  • If your degree subject doesn't link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for a School Direct (tuition fee) programme by undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. We may ask you to take an SKE course as a condition of your offer, before you start your initial teacher training programme.

Entry Requirements

You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for School Direct (tuition fee) programmes:

  1. You'll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.

  2. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.

  3. If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination. 

Fees, Funding & Subject Knowledge Enhancement


Details can be found here.

Subjects and Contexts

Apply for our courses at the links below.

For Early Years and Primary, apply here.


For secondary specialisms, apply here.









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