School Direct (Tuition Fee)

Applicants applying for a School Direct (tuition fee) place will be on a non-salaried route into teaching. They are required to pay a tuition fee for the course and the cost of this will depend on whether or not they choose to work towards the addtional PGCE qualification. 

Once trainees have accepted a place on this training programme, they can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their training. Depending on their circumstances, they may also be eligible for other funding such as:

  • Maintenance Grants
  • Maintenance Loans
  • Childcare Grants
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance

For a full list of the grants and loans available, eligibility criteria and an online finance calculator or to apply for one of these grants/loans online, please visit:

Alternatively, trainees may choose to pay the tuition fee out of private funds.  Please contact us for details of the payment schedule.

Trainees on the tuition fee route will also be required to cover the cost of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application; a prerequisite for working in schools. The cost of this is approximately £40.

If applying for the non-salaried route into teaching, you can apply via the lead school: Bourton Meadow Academy or via the provider: Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre.

Both courses are identical and you will receive the same high-quality support and training, regardless of the chosen route. 

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