Secondary Teacher Training Courses

All our Secondary Teacher Training courses offer QTS and a PGCE with Masters credits, we do not offer QTS only for secondary subjects. Courses include an optional sports coaching qualification, awarded by the Football Association. You can choose from:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education

You can add specialisms in SEND or Leadership.

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

This is a ‘hands on’ training route supported by excellent theoretical training.

You must hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification Normally we would require that 50% of the degree be relevant to the subject you wish to teach; If the degree does not link closely enough, we would require an A level in that subject and a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course would also be recommended. You will need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.

Other Requirements

We take safeguarding seriously to protect children and young people 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 onto this route, we will ordinarily place you in two partnership schools during the year. 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.

The School Direct Salaried 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.

Occasionally, schools may offer a salaried place. These schools are keen to find high-quality trainees and invest in your school direct training with a promise of a job in the school at the end of the training if an appropriate position becomes available. Salaried places on offer are dependant on schools identifying the need for an NQT teacher and will only be offered for subjects for which there is a vacancy, therefore not all subjects will have a salaried place on offer. Please contact the administration team for more information.

Pick the best route to initial teacher training

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


Do you need a salary to train?


School Direct Salaried or Graduate Apprenticeship




School Direct Training

Choose your subject

Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English,
Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, Physics,
Psychology, Religious Education

Do you want to specialise now?

Secondary General

SEND or Leadership

Now select the best course for you

All our courses are listed under:

Essex and Thames SCITT – if you cannot find us under a name search, then please search provider code T25

All courses include a PGCE and the award of QTS.



If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01268 570215. Alternatively, please complete the form below...