In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have:
- A UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification
- A GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics
- A GCSE grade C or above in a science if you are applying to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7–14)
The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills, so you should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.
In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.
There are two types of training places available through the School Direct model:
- School Direct Training Programme (non-salaried): This is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. The fees for the Birmingham City University training programme are £9,250. Some trainees may be eligible for a student loan/bursary.
- School Direct Training Programme (salaried): This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more year’s career experience. Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school which will pay the trainee a salary.