School Direct Courses

At Bourton Meadow, we understand that people are entering the teaching profession at different stages in their life and from varying backgrounds.  For this reason, we offer a wide range of courses, enabling you to find a course and qualification that suits your individual needs.

All of our courses provide a school-based route into primary teaching and lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We currently work in collaboration with the University of Buckingham to offer a PGCE for those who wish to gain this additional qualification.

There are four School Direct routes for Primary (General), with both full-time and part-time options on each:

School Direct (salaried): Full-Time or Part-Time

Two courses: QTS only or PGCE with QTS

Trainees on the School Direct (salaried) route are employed by their placement school. They are not required to pay tuition fees and will gain Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the programme (the length of which will depend on whether they are studying full or part-time.)

We also offer a salaried route leading to a PGCE with QTS. Trainees on this School Direct (salaried) programme are required to pay £1500 for the additional PGCE qualification: A qualification which is internationally-recognised and carries 60 credits towards a Masters.

School Direct (tuition fee funded) - Full-Time or Part-Time

Two courses: QTS only or PGCE with QTS

These are tuition fee funded routes. From September 2020, the fee for the QTS route is £8500 and the fee for the PGCE With QTS route is £9250.

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 a disability allowance, childcare allowance or a maintenance loan etc.  

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 £60.


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