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With hundreds of different initial teacher training (ITT) courses available in the UK, choosing between them can be a challenge in itself.

As well as deciding which age group and subject you intend to teach, it's important to consider which ITT route will be best for your individual requirements.

ITT options

You can choose from a large selection of ITT courses that are flexible and designed to support a wide range of individual circumstances. All secondary courses include at least 24 weeks spent in a school (18 on primary courses).

School Direct

The School Direct Training Programme offers places in some of the best primary and secondary schools in the country, and your school will have a job in mind just for you. There are two School Direct routes to choose from, depending on your circumstances:

  • The School Direct Training Programme is for high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school while training. You'll pay fees but could be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 or a £25,000 scholarship to help you along the way.
  • The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality graduates with at least three years' work experience (in any field), so is a good option for career changers. On this route, you will earn a salary while you train.

School Direct programmes generally last for one year and successful completion leads to qualified teacher status (QTS); many also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

Find out more about School Direct

School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)

SCITT is ideal for anyone looking to spend more time training in the classroom. It is designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges and taught by experienced, practising teachers, so it's a good option for building confidence within the school environment.

Find out more about SCITT

University-based training

Universities and colleges offer degree courses that lead to QTS for undergraduates. Or, if you already have a degree, you can study for a PGCE.

Find out more about the PGCE and options for undergraduates

Applying for your chosen route

There are ITT providers all over the country, but no two ITT courses are the same – largely because no two providers are the same. They all have different strengths, features and entry requirements, as well as unique course content and structures. You can use the UCAS Teacher Training system to search and apply for places on all the teacher training routes covered on this page. Please visit our Apply for teacher training page for more information on the application process.

For more in-depth information on ITT providers, our Performance Profiles website allows you to compare universities, colleges and schools. Our Compare training providers page features more information about Performance Profiles.

For more tailored information and advice about the different ITT routes and ways of getting into teaching, please register with us online or on freephone 0800 389 2500.