Teach Manchester is offering an excellent range of high quality School Direct places to start September 2021.

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Teach Manchester offers School Direct routes with three university providers; University of Manchester, University of Cumbria and Manchester Metropolitan University depending on subject and age phase.  Tuition Fees are set by each of our university partners and are payable directly to the university partner.

Fees for 2021 entry for Home and EU/EEA students are expected to be in the range of £9,000 – £9,500.  Up to date fees will be available from the website of the university partner.

Overseas students should check fees with the provider directly.  If you are applying for a salaried route; your employer is responsible for paying your tuition fees.

Other Course Expenses

Teach Manchester does not pay expenses for students on any route.

If you are on a salaried route; you may be able to claim expenses from your employer.  This is a matter for you to negotiate directly with your employing school. The information below is provided to give you an indication of associated course costs. 


We are required to ensure that during your training you have experienced a minimum of two placements in contrasting schools.  The placement pattern, and number of schools above two will depend on the subject, phase and validating university.

The majority of our placement schools are in the city of Manchester Local Authority.  You will spend the majority of your course in your placement schools and will be expected to arrange your own travel.

All Teach Manchester School Direct students also have a professional studies programme.  These sessions are delivered by staff in our alliance, and travel to these sessions to the host venue, in schools across Manchester, will be required.

You will also have a number of days which are delivered by the partner university.  For Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester routes, these take place on university premises on the main campuses near to central Manchester.  For University of Cumbria students;the majority of these are delivered in one of the Manchester lead schools; with a small number of session at the Lancaster Campus of the University.


School Direct Trainees are expected to conform to the dress code of the alliance school in which they are based, however there is no formal uniformed items required.  Dress codes vary by setting, generally they range from business casual to business formal.  Once you are allocated your school, your mentor will be happy to help you with the dress code if needed.

Text/reference books and resources: 

You will be required to consult several sources of information during your course for both the development of your practice and your academic assignments.  Each of our partner universities have material available both on line, and in their physical library stock for reference purposes.  Please see the individual university websites for further details.  You may wish to purchase specific books for your own reference.  Most students choose to have access to their own PC/laptop.  Your university provides computing hub facilities on their campus which you may use.

If you require any further information, please do get in touch. 



Home and EU/EEA students who are eligible can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. The loan covers the full amount of the tuition fees and is not means –tested.  You may also be eligible to apply for a maintenance grant or loan to support your living expenses.  Maintenance loans are repayable once you are earning, however you do not need to repay any grants awarded.

Repayments are made as a proportion of your salary once you are earning over the relevant income threshold.

Eligibility criteria for student finance can be found here.

Bursaries and Scholarships

Bursaries and Scholarships of up to £26,000, and upto £6,000 of Early Career Payments are available to trainees for 2021 entry to ITT.

The value of bursary or scholarship is dependent on your previous academic qualifications and the subject that you wish to specialise in.

A table of availability and values is available on the Get into Teaching website.

Scholarships are aimed at high quality graduates and trainees apply through the professional bodies awarding them.  Trainees awarded a scholarship do not also receive a bursary.  Scholarships also offer trainees non-financial support such as additional seminars and online mentoring; this varies by subject.   Trainees applying for a scholarship should make themselves familiar with the requirements and prepare carefully for the assessment days.  Assessment days for scholarships are led by professional bodies and are separate from the training place application process.

Trainees who either do not apply for, or are unsuccessful in applying for, a scholarship will maintain the same eligibility for a standard bursary which is provided by the Department for Education and administered through the University Partner.