School Direct


What is School Direct?

School Direct is an alternative route into teaching for graduates.  This school led approach is designed to enable schools and accredited ITT providers to work collaboratively to provide high quality training, developing high quality teachers.

School Direct is a one year full time programme. Successful completion will lead to the award of a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There is an expectation that successful completion of the programme will result in trainees being offered employment by one of the schools involved in their School Direct provision. However, this is not guaranteed.

Tours of Wilson Stuart School will be available on Monday morning with prior arrangement by contacting



What does the School Direct programme at UCB offer?

University College Birmingham works in close partnership with a number of schools in developing this programme.  Wilson Stuart School are our main partners. Through Wilson Stuart, we currently offer a programme (with tuition fees) with the opportunity to specialise in Mainstream or Special Education Needs teaching.

Those applying must hold relevant degree at 2ii or above and be able to evidence some relevant work experience.  Successful applicants will be enrolled as a PGCE trainee at UCB and on successful completion will gain 60 credits towards a Masters qualification. Trainees will also gain experience teaching within different school environments coupled with sessions delivered within University.

Financial Support

Trainees may be able to apply for a grant to cover living expenses and study fees set by UCB

Trainees may be able to access a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

For further information about financial support possibilities, please contact the financial department at UCAS which can be found on the DfE website.

For 2017/18 there will be no salaried vacancies available.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English, maths and science (or a recognised science equivalent).
  • 2(ii) Honours degree with relevant experience of working with children, for example, from placements or voluntary / paid work in schools
UCB welcome a range of degree disciplines such as Early Childhood Studies, Childhood Studies, Education Studies, Psychology, Sociology, English, Mathematics, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts and Sports.   

Professional Skills Tests

All trainees starting an initial teacher training course from September 2013 are required to pass the professional skills tests before starting their course.

Once you have submitted your application, you will need to arrange to take and have passed the tests.

Further information for can be found on the DfE website



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Applying for School Direct

All applications for School Direct are made through the UCAS website.  You can apply for places on the 2017/18 course.

Open Days

Keep up to date with UCB Open Days where further information regarding School Direct will be available.

Want to hear more about what its REALLY like? Watch videos from past School Direct Trainees who have trained with The Wilson Stuart and UCB Partnership. Click on the links below to hear more.

Messages from past students


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