School Direct and SCITTS

A one-year full-time teacher training course for graduates who prefer to be based in a school. Support and academic teaching is provided by school mentors and academics at Oxford Brookes University.

This course can be taken with our partners St Andrew’s Alliance and The Downland Alliance.

School Direct and School Centred Initial Teacher Training

School Direct is offered via salaried or tuition-fee programmes. If you undertake the tuition-fee route you may be eligible for student loans and bursaries. The salaried route is for very high quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary while they train.

At the end of the School Direct programme you will gain QTS. Some School Direct partnerships also offer the opportunity for trainees to follow the Oxford Brookes PGCE programme. The PGCE programme has master’s level components which can be used for further master’s level study.

School Direct

What is School Direct teacher training?

Oxford Brookes works with schools in England to offer graduate pathways into teaching through the School Direct programme. Training programmes are run by partnerships of schools where trainees are placed. Trainees learn how to be teachers on-the-job and are recommended for the professional award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). As well as this professional award, the majority of trainees also take part in academic training to gain a masters level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) through the university. Trainees receive support from experienced university and school-based professionals and are allowed to take on whole class teaching once ready.

Oxford Brookes School of Education is working with the following partner schools to provide salaried and tuition fee places on the School Direct Programme . Our partners offer a range of teacher training opportunities in Primary 3-7, Primary 5-11, Secondary and Special Education, all leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Applications for School Direct programmes are now open. Please apply direct through the Department of Education.  


Places are being offered by:

We are constantly working to establish new partnerships to offer School Direct places and so please check this web site regularly for updates.


There are two routes: tuition fee and salaried placements.

Trainees on the School Direct tuition fee programme will train to become teachers while they work at a school but are not paid. Instead they may be eligible for government funding.

High-achieving graduates with around three years of work experience can apply for School Direct salaried programmes. These trainees are employed as unqualified teachers while they learn on-the-job, and therefore receive a salary.

Most School Direct trainees gain employment within the network of schools where they have trained, although this is not guaranteed.

Entry requirements

To apply for a School Direct place, you need the following GCSEs or equivalents: achieving a standard of grade 4 or higher in English and Mathematics. In addition, those wishing to study Primary teacher education also require a GCSE at grade 4 or equivalent in Science.

As a School Direct applicant, the partner school you select to apply to will advise you on completing and meeting your specific entry requirements for the age phase/ subject area you wish to train in.

Further study

For those who currently hold QTS only, to enhance your career development at Oxford Brookes we offer the master’s level three module PGCE without QTS. Credits from this course be put towards an MA Education.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITTS)

If you are a graduate and want to complete your training in a school environment, you may want to consider School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITTS).

Oxford Brookes School of Education is working in partnership with the following SCITTS:

To enhance your career development we offer the master’s level three module PGCE without QTS certificate that can be put towards an MA Education. The SCITT is responsible for training you for QTS.