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Due to the DFE's announcement that the Salary Grant has been withdrawn for Primary School trainees in 2021-22, we recommend that applicants considering this route get in contact with Ashmead ITT before applying.  

One of the wonderful aspects of this route into teaching is the wide variety of people it attracts, all with different experiences, different needs and something individual to offer. To accommodate these differences, we offer a range of  courses and qualifications to meet your needs.


All of our courses provide a school-based route into primary teaching (5 - 11) and lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our partnership with Birmingham City University allows for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)  for those wishing to gain this additional qualification.


There are four School Direct Primary (General) courses to choose from:


School Direct (salaried)

Age range 5 - 11

Two courses: QTS only (DFE Apply / UCAS code 2RXJ) or PGCE with QTS (DFE Apply / UCAS code 2RXS)

Trainees on the School Direct (salaried) route are employed by their placement school and in most cases will be required to have a minimum of three years' work experience. They are not required to pay tuition fees and will gain Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the programme.


All trainees are given the opportunity to work towards 60 Master-level credits and the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, delivered by Birmingham City University. 

All BCU lectures and seminars are delivered by experienced BCU academic staff at the campus of our accredited provider, Two Mile Ash, in Milton Keynes.  The combination of higher level academic study with the hands-on, practical nature of our school-led programme gives our trainees the perfect balance of theory and practice, making for well-rounded, informed and inspirational teachers.

Trainees are required to write three assignments, which are assessed and moderated by the team at BCU and lead to an award of 60 M-Level credits. Those opting for this course will be required to pay for the additional PGCE qualification.


School Direct (tuition fee funded)

Age range 5 - 11

Two courses: QTS only (DFE Apply / UCAS code 2RXG) or PGCE with QTS (DFE Apply / UCAS code 2RXQ)

These are tuition fee funded routes: fees for 2021/22 are £8400 for QTS only and £9250 for the PGCE with QTS . Once trainees have accepted a place on this training programme, they can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their training. Trainees may also be entitled to a tax-free training bursary which is determined by their degree class. For further information, please visit and search for 'teacher training bursaries'.


Trainees on a tuition fee route will also be required to cover the cost of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application; a prerequisite for working in schools.

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