Ask Tes Institute: How to fund your Straight to Teaching programme

Tes Institute Team


How to fund your Straight to Teaching programme

For many people, Straight to Teaching offers an attractive route towards QTS, and for Kerry Vye at Westbrook Primary School “learning to become a teacher and earning at the same time was a huge factor”.

As a learner on the programme you will likely either:

  • cover the programme fees yourself
  • make an agreement with your school
  • or your school may even pay to put you through the programme

If you will be contributing toward the fees, there are financial support and payment instalment options available to help you during the programme.* 

Can I obtain a student loan for Straight to Teaching?

As a professional development programme and not an Initial Teacher Training programme, Straight to Teaching is not eligible for loans obtained via The Student Loans Company. The programme can however be funded by a loan through a private loan company, such as Future Finance (FFLC), where you can borrow funding with flexible, long-term repayment options that can help you pay for tuition fees and other living expenses. FFLC are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Register number 719436.

How to apply

Applicants with an offer for a place on a Straight to Teaching programme can apply online for a loan to assist with tuition fees up to six months prior to the start of their programme, although we recommend that you apply after you have completed your Initial Needs Assessment (INA) at the beginning of the course. This should give you a good indication of your programme length and thus the tuition loan amount to apply for. An application for a living cost loan can be made at any point during the programme.

You can apply online using the Future Finance website. You’ll get an immediate decision and, if everything looks good, they will contact you to check the details before giving you an offer. If you are rejected you are able to reapply for funds for the same programme at a later date if you wish.

How you’ll receive your loan

If you’re approved for a tuition fee loan, the money will be paid directly to Tes Institute. Loans for living expenses are paid to you once your programme starts, either in one lump sum, or in regular instalments to help you manage your finances.

Please note, Tes Institute is not regulated by the Financial Services Authority and the guidance provided does not constitute financial advice. Independent advice should be sought where appropriate.

Full information on eligibility criteria, interest rates and other key terms are available on the Future Finance website.

Please note, Tes Institute is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is not Authorised to provide financial advice. You may wish to seek Independent Advice from a suitably qualified individual.

What are the fees and payment arrangements for Straight to Teaching?

As Straight to Teaching is tailored to your existing experience, the fees will vary depending on the programme length needed.

Your programme length will be provided during your Initial Needs Assessment (INA), which will occur after the application process and at the beginning of the programme.

The fees for Straight to Teaching are:

Straight to Teaching programme

Total fee

Fee without VAT

Low QTS preparation (1 to 1.5 terms) and QTS assessment



Medium QTS preparation (2 to 3 terms) and QTS assessment



High QTS preparation (4 to 5 terms) and QTS assessment



Unless you’ve arranged a loan through Future Finance, payments for Straight to Teaching are made monthly and are paid directly to Tes Institute.

They can be made electronically and/or by cheque and following your Initial Needs Assessment (INA) you should make us aware of how and who will pay for the programme.

For those accepted onto the Assessment Only programme, payment will need to made through your school.

Next steps

If you still need to speak to a senior member of your school about Straight to Teaching, we’ve put together a handy guide that outlines all of the key points of the programme.

If you’re ready to apply, contact your enrolment advisor on 020 3194 3200 or email

* Tes is not regulated by the Financial Services Authority and the guidance provided in this blog does not constitute as financial advice. Independent advice should be sought where appropriate.