Primary Initial Teacher Training Courses

Most of our courses offer a PGCE with masters credits.  All our Primary Initial Teacher Training courses include a sports coaching qualification, awarded by the Football Association.  You can choose from:

  • QTS only School Direct Training Courses (ages 3-7, 5-11 and 7-14)
  • QTS only Provider-Led Courses (ages 3-7, 5-11 and 7-14)
  • PGCE + QTS School Direct Training Courses (ages 3-7, 5-11 and 7-14)
  • PGCE + QTS School Direct Salaried Courses (ages 3-7, 5-11 and 7-14)
  • PGCE + QTS Provider-Led Courses (ages 3-7, 5-11 and 7-14)

Additionally you can specialise in SEND, PE, Behaviour or Primary Mathematics.

Provider-Led is a fee paying route provided by a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), a partnership of schools offering training.

SCITT & School Direct Training Routes

This is a fee paying route provided by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University.
This is a ‘hands on’ training route supported by excellent theoretical training. You will need a 2.2 honours degree, at least a ‘C’  or level 4 grade at GCSE in English, Maths and Science and have passed your skills tests in English and Maths.

If you are accepted into this route, we will place you in two partnership schools during the year in different key stages.

The fees for this route are £9,250 inclusive of your university fee.  If eligible, you can apply for a Student Loan or self fund. Read more on your options on our finance page.

School Direct Salaried Route

School Direct Salaried is offered by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University.  On this route your fee is paid by your employing school and you will receive a salary on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the duration of your training.

Several of our schools offer salaried places each year.  All are keen to find high quality trainees and invest in your school direct training with the promise of a job in the school at the end of the training if an appropriate position becomes available.  If you apply to this route and do not then secure a school to offer you a school direct salaried position, we always offer the training route place as an alternative.

Is the training different on these routes?

No.  All salaried and training route trainees benefit from 120+ days in school and the 70+ days of out of school training and will attend lectures together.


Pick the best route to initial teacher training

Use the below chart to help you identify the best route into primary teaching for you.


Do you need a salary to train?

Salaried route

School Direct Salaried or Graduate Apprenticeship


Training route (fee paying)


School Direct Training

Choose an age range

3-7 or 5-11

Do you want to do a PGCE or QTS only?

QTS only
3-7 or 5-11

3-7 or 5-11

Do you want to specialise now?

Primary General

Behaviour, SEND, PE, Primary Maths

Choose your region

East London


Southend and Thurrock

Now select the best course for you

PRIMARY GENERAL FEE PAYINGEssex and Thames SCITT (all regions)

  • Edwards Hall (Southend)
  • Greenways (Southend and London)
  • Runwell Community (Essex)
  • Kelvedon St Mary (Essex)
  • Rayleigh Primary (Essex)
  • Wickford C of E (Essex)
  • Sheringham (London)


  • Essex and Thames SCITT (all regions)
  • JFK School (London)



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