Institute of Education


School Direct (Salaried): Primary QTS/Teacher Training

The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student teacher places which can be applied for. Students will earn a salary while they train.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 October 2018
Close: 9 August 2019
Please check individual school websites. Programmes may close as soon as places are filled and early application is advised.

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for this programme are payable by the employing school.

Level: Primary
Age range: 5–11

This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

First degree

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A levels

No specific subjects required.


English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C / 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language, Science or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects.

School experience

School Direct (Salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching for graduates with previous work experience. Three years’ work experience in any field is desirable.

DBS and Occupational Health

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. These checks will be carried out by the school or college that employs you. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.

Skills tests

All applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol. More information can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this programme

Students will be part of a school team from the start and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Teaching experience will prepare students for a Key Stage 1/2 focus. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees. 

This programme will prepare students for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in line with the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (2012). 

There are two compulsory school placements. Students are expected to complete the associated tasks, and to build a portfolio of evidence during the academic year to demonstrate they have met national teaching standards.

Students do not undertake academic credits on this programme. However, all components will need to be assessed to gain QTS.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a series of lectures and workshops at the UCL Institute of Education for 15 days (10 days' Professional Studies and five days subject-specific training) spread over the autumn and spring terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing an additional 45 days of training activities, alongside the practical teaching experience. Students are assessed on their practical teaching and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.


Students will spend most of their time in two placement schools where their teaching practice will be supported by a UCL tutor and school mentor. Placements will focus on Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  The student is employed as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the programme.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of UCL Institute of Education's teacher training programmes are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as classroom teachers, while others have jobs as deputy and assistant headteachers.


Many of the student teachers trained through this route are employed by the training school or within the cluster after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train student teachers who are committed to the values and ethos of the school or academy and wish to develop their teaching career within the school or cluster which invested in their training.

Why study this programme at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been providing first-class teaching training in partnership with schools and colleges for over 100 years. All of our initial teacher training programmes across primary, secondary and post-compulsory have been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted (2013). Founded in 1902 as a teacher training college, the IOE is a world-class research and teaching institute with a central location in historic Bloomsbury, in the heart of London. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK.

There are over 60 schools in the Greater London area and beyond participating in the School Direct (Salaried) programme.

Each of these offer student teacher places in two key stages to gain a broad experience of teaching across primary age phases. You will gain experience of teaching across the primary curriculum, with a specific focus on phonics, early mathematics, inclusion and behaviour management.  Opportunities also exist to spend a day in a special school and a secondary school to broaden your understanding of the adjacent and complementary phases and settings.

The training students receive from participating schools will enable them to become a skilled and confident teacher. The School Direct (Salaried) route allows you to earn whilst you learn, whilst being supported by experienced school mentors and expert University Tutors who will support your development into becoming a research-informed, reflective teacher.


This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Department: Institute of Education

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for experienced graduates who meet the appropriate entry requirements and who have at least three years’ work experience. It is not necessary for this experience to be education related.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 August 2019

Please check individual school websites. Programmes may close as soon as places are filled and early application is advised.

For more information see our Applications page.

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