Our School Direct route is delivered in partnership with the University of Southampton and allows our trainees to follow a school-led programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) validated by the University of Southampton. The programme also contributes towards Master’s level accreditation.
There are two School Direct routes:
1. School Direct Training Programme
Trainees working with a school in partnership with the University of Southampton on a School Direct training course currently pay tuition fees of £9000. You will be eligible for the same financial support as other fee paying postgraduate teacher training routes.
A scholarship of £30,000 is currently available for physics, and a scholarship of £27,500 is available for mathematics, computing, chemistry, geography and modern foreign languages for high-quality graduates with a 2:1 or first-class degree. Scholarships are awarded by professional bodies for these subjects and further information can be found at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview
2. School Direct Salaried Programme
Trainees working with a school in partnership with the University of Southampton on a School Direct salaried course are employed by their school and will be paid on point one of the unqualified teacher scale – this is currently £16,461. The cost of your training to achieve QTS and PGCE is covered by the school. This route is open to graduates with three years’ career experience.
Tuition Fee Loan
If you are on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Trainees working with a school in partnership with the University of Southampton on a School Direct training course currently pay tuition fees of £9000.
Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.
No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.
You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website
Training Bursaries: Academic Year 2017-18
Funding for teacher training is available to eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2017-18 academic year on postgraduate routes. Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.
To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train in priority subjects. More details on the Scholarships and Bursaries can be found at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding
Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.
Student Loan for Maintenance
Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website
Students may also get extra support if they have children or adult dependents, or a disability or a specific learning difficulty.
The Student Finance you are entitled to will depend on where you live. Full information is available from the Student Zone of the SLC website.
Call the Teaching Line for more information about becoming a teacher: Freephone: 0800 389 2500
For more information on maintenance and tuition fee loans visit the student finance pages at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance