Our Straight to Teaching programme will help you to:

  • Become employed as a fully qualified teacher
  • Be promoted and/or gain more job security
  • Increase your salary by up to £7,000* per year
  • Become an outstanding teacher
  • Share best practices with colleagues
  • Play a more significant role in school leadership and management

Is this course for you?

If you’re a member of school staff such as an unqualified teacher, TA or higher-level teaching assistant, you have a degree, teaching experience and want to qualify to work as a teacher in England, then Straight to Teaching could be perfect for you.

If you have at least two years’ teaching experience, you may be eligible to go straight to our Assessment Only route, which assesses you for QTS in as little as 12 weeks.

Our programme is suitable for most school settings including specialist schools, Pupil Referral Units, Alternative provision and residential SEND settings, find out more about our SEND route

How is the programme delivered?

Our Straight to Teaching programme is delivered through a mix of in-school experience and online learning and theory, enabling you to develop your teaching and prepare a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you meet the English Teachers’ Standards.

Throughout your programme, you’ll be supported by your Straight to Teaching pathway tutor and your school mentor.

The length and context of your Straight to Teaching programme will be based on your existing experience and will be designed in collaboration with you and your school.

Course fees and funding

All fees include the Straight to Teaching programme and the cost of QTS assessment via our Assessment Only route.

Straight to Teaching Total fee including VAT Fee without VAT**
Short QTS preparation (1 to 1.5 terms) and Assessment Only £5,400 £4,500
Medium QTS preparation (2 to 3 terms) and Assessment Only £7,200 £6,000
High QTS preparation (4 to 5 terms) and Assessment Only £9,000 £7,500

A private loan company, such as Future Finance, can provide you with a flexible loan with long-term repayment options to help you pay for course fees and other living expenses.

Course start dates

Programmes start every half term.

Straight to Teaching application deadline Straight to Teaching start date
04 October 2021 01 November 2021 
20 December 2021 04 January 2022
24 January 2022 21 February 2022 
28 March 2022 25 April 2022 
9 May 2022 6 June 2022
03 July 2022 5 September 2022


* On average, a fully qualified teacher in England earns approximately £6,000-£7,000 more a year than their unqualified counterpart. For full details about qualified and unqualified teacher pay scales, visit education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary.


** VAT will be chargeable at the rate of 20 per cent. Where the school, rather than the individual agrees to pay all or part of the tuition fee they may be able to recover VAT. Schools may consider meeting the tuition fee and making their own arrangements, if they wish to do so, with the individual concerned.

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