School Direct – Salaried and Training Route
You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for School Direct (salaried) programmes:
- You’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
- You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
- 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.
- If your teacher training course starts on or after 1 April 2020, you are not required to take the professional skills tests. The course provider will assure that you have the fundamental English and mathematics to become a teacher either at interview or during the training course.
If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we would advise you to speak to the Get into Teaching line about subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses (link is external) before applying for teacher training: call free on 0800 389 2500.
If the qualifications have been taken abroad then these need to be verified by NARIC before applying for the programme. Visit NARIC for more information or call +44(0)870 990 4088. This can take some time, so we would advise you to start the process before you submit your application.
For anyone currently working on a first degree it will be necessary to show evidence of the end date and of grades allocated at the time of any interview. Degrees must be successfully completed before starting the programme and any offers of places will be provisional on that outcome.
The School Direct (salaried) programme is directed at applicants with three years, or more, career experience.