Early Years & Primary Teacher Training Courses

Most of our courses offer a PGCE with Masters credits. All our Primary 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 or 5-11)
  • QTS only Provider-Led Courses (ages 3-7 or 5-11)
  • PGCE + QTS School Direct Training Courses (ages 3-7 or 5-11)
  • PGCE + QTS School Direct Salaried Graduate Apprentice Courses (ages 3-7 or 5-11)
  • PGCE + QTS Provider-Led Courses (ages 3-7 or 5-11)
  • PGCE + QTS Provider-Led Specialist Routes in SEND, PE, Behaviour and Maths
  • PGCE + QTS School Direct Specialist Route in SEND
  • PGCE +QTS School Direct Part Time Course (ages 5-11)
  • PGCE + QTS Provider lead Part Time Courses (ages 3-7 or 5-11)

In addition, we offer specialisms that are open to all our trainees in Maths, SEND, Behaviour and Leadership. Please note that these are subject to a review of your application to ensure trainee suitability. These are different from the specialist routes and do not have separate course codes. If you are not sure if you want to take a specialist route or a specialism, then please contact our administration team who will be happy to help.

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

School Direct Training Routes are a fee paying routes provided by school, working in partnership with a SCITT or University.

All our courses are ‘hands on’ training routes supported by excellent theoretical training. You will need to hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification and achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.

We take safeguarding seriously to protect children and young people from the risk of harm, therefore you will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks. This will include obtaining and considering Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

All candidates are required to make a fitness to teach declaration to Occupational Health.

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

Our fees are fully inclusive of your university fee. Our fees are as follows:

  • All QTS + PGCE Provider Led Courses £9,250
  • All QTS + PGCE School Direct Courses £9,250
  • All QTS + PGCE Provider Led Specialist Route Course £9,250
  • All QTS + PGCE School Direct Specialist Route Courses £9,250
  • All QTS Only Provider Led Courses £8,250
  • All QTS Only School Direct Courses £8,250
  • All Part Time Courses – Year 1 £6,750
  • All Part Time Courses – Year 2 £4,500


The Salaried Graduate Apprentice Route 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 apprenticeship 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 salaried apprenticeship position, we always offer the training route place as an alternative.

Part Time Routes
Part time courses are between four terms and two years in duration and are timetabled on a bespoke basis. The requirements remain the same that you must complete a total of 120 days in a school and attend 70+ lecture days provided. There is some flexibility, however, you must be aware that some lectures must be attended at certain times of the course and at these times it is essential that you attend. For more information, please email our administration team who will be happy to discuss your circumstances.

Is the training different on these routes?

No. All apprenticeship 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 Graduate Apprenticeship route

Salaried 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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