Salaried Route (Secondary) Programme Details

See information below for course entry requirements

The School Direct (Salaried) programme is an employment based route.

The Salaried programme involves attending a programme of lectures and workshop at Institute for approximately 15 days spread over Fridays during the Autumn and Spring terms. These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will encourage you to become a reflective teacher.  You will also be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.

Completing the course will lead to the award of QTS.

An additional PGCE pathway is also available which trainees can apply to join during the course.  This optional pathway continues into your NQT year and is not included as part of the main course.


Completing the course will lead to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Entry requirements

You should have a first class or upper second degree classification in a relevant area. Applicants with other classifications may be considered if it is judged that your experience in other areas compensates. Third class degrees will not be considered unless superseded by an additional and relevant postgraduate qualification.

Primary and Secondary School Direct (Salaried) applicants must have a GCSE pass (grade A to C) in both English language and mathematics, or in approved equivalent examinations. Primary School Direct (Salaried) applicants must also have a GCSE pass (grade A to C) or equivalent in a science subject by the time they start the programme. We accept GCSE results from Equivalency Testing. For more information, please visit the company’s website:

For those applying for secondary salaried routes, your degree should contain subject knowledge for the subject you wish to train to teach.  We would expect a minimum of 40% of your degree to contain suitable subject knowledge.

Work experience criteria

Whilst NCTL allows some flexibility for high quality graduates with less than 2.5 years’ work experience in maths, physics, chemistry, languages and computer science only where we expect a minimum of 18 months of work experience for these priority subjects.

For all other subjects, including primary we expect a minimum of 2.5 years of work experience which is in line with DfE guidance.

English (Salaried) Subject Information & Entry Requirements

You should have a degree in English literature, English language, linguistics or a combination of these. If you have another qualification, we will consider you if English has been a substantial part of your undergraduate or postgraduate studies. If your degree is in another subject, you should have substantial work experience relevant to teaching English (such as teaching English as a foreign language). Previous experience of working with children and young people in school or other contexts is a considerable advantage. We are interested in your ability to communicate clearly and effectively, to be well organised, to be receptive, and to work as part of a team. You should have an interest in young people and be able to share your enthusiasm for the subject.

We are looking for adaptability and the ability to work well under pressure. We will need to judge whether, by the end of the programme, you will be able to reach the required standards. These cover professional values and practice; subject knowledge; knowledge of theory and research; lesson planning and recordkeeping skills; classroom management; your understanding of assessment and pupil progress; and the ability to reflect critically on your own practice and progress.


Maths (Salaried) Subject Information & Entry Requirements

It is essential that you enjoy mathematics yourself and that you can explain mathematics in a clear way to stimulate pupils’ interest and self-confidence. You must have some recent experience of at least one urban state school. This will ideally include a visit and lesson observations across the age and achievement range. Good spoken and written English are also essential, and previous experience with children and young people is desirable.

Entry requirements for the Salaried and the Tuition Fee routes differ due to programme delivery structures:-

Subject Entry Requirements for Salaried Route

Profile 1  – We expect you to have a degree (a first, 2:1 or 2:2 with relevant experience) in mathematics and ideally you will have studied a broad range of topics beyond A level, such as: calculus, vectors, matrices, sequences and functions, quantitative methods, randomness and sampling distributions, probability, testing hypotheses, estimation, proof, differential equations, mechanics, abstract algebra, complex analysis, graphs and networks, optimization, metric space theory, waves, diffusion, computer algebra, chaos, mathematical methods, fluid mechanics, quantum physics and electromagnetism.   Degrees which contain a minimum of 50% mathematics such as mechanical engineering, physics and statistics will also be considered.  Applicants with this profile will normally be selected for interview if other criteria are met and will not be referred to subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Profile 2 – Applications will also be considered from candidates who hold a first, 2:1 or 2:2 in degrees with more than 40% mathematics for example some chemistry degrees and some economics degrees, which include specialist mathematics topics as outlined in the list in Profile 1.   Candidates with this profile must also hold a grade A at A level mathematics.  Degrees such as for example Business Administration, Business Studies, Finance and Accounting will not normally have the required level of mathematics to meet the entry requirements for this profile. Should an offer be made, it may be conditional on completion of a suitable subject knowledge enhancement course nominated by UCL IOE.

Physics (Salaried) Subject Information & Entry Requirements

You should have a good degree in physics or engineering subject, or a joint degree with physics as the major component ( least two years of physics studies at undergraduate level). We expect you to have a good basic knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics, and be willing to learn more.

We normally expect you to have an A level in physics and one other science subject at minimum D grade, or equivalent. Applicants without these qualifications may be accepted if they have acquired knowledge through other routes (e.g. work experience; a subject knowledge enhancement course). You must have good practical skills and technical know-how. We particularly welcome applicants who have worked with young people in a variety of settings. We expect you to have at least observed science lessons in secondary schools before your interview.