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Reigate College is a Sixth Form College offering initial teacher training to lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the opportunity to complete a Postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as part of the School Direct provision. Training is completed at the College with attendance at the university on day or block release.

Reigate College is part of the Surrey Downs Partnership for this provision.  Please use the link to see further information about the Partnership.

Applicants can choose to train either via School Direct: Training (Tuition) or the School Direct: Salaried route, depending on the current offer by the College.

The School Direct: Training (Tuition) route is a postgraduate course funded by tuition fees paid by trainees (supported by Student Finance) who may be eligible to receive a bursary from the Teaching Agency (TA). Trainees are registered on an appropriate PGCE course through which they can obtain both QTS and an academic award. See School Direct Tuition (Training)

Please see Bursaries and scholarships for more information regarding current scholarships, bursaries and tuition fee loans on the Get into Teaching website

The School Direct: Salaried route is employment-based and requires the trainee to be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher whilst they train. Trainees receive 60 days training and can be required to teach up to 80% of a teachers’ timetable. As an employee of a school, trainees have the same rights and responsibilities as any other teacher at that school. This route is therefore aimed at high-quality graduates with three or more years’ worth of career experience. See School Direct Salaried

At present, Reigate College is in partnerships with University of Sussex and University of Brighton for the School Direct provision.

UK university degree (2:2 or above) or a recognized equivalent qualification

Grade C (4) above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

All candidates offered a place on a teacher training course will be required to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB check), including a check of all cautions and warnings as well as convictions before their place can be confirmed. The University will pay the cost of this check on your behalf.

To find your secondary teacher training course please use the Surrey Downs Partnership website and select current vacancies, you will then be directed to the Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Service on the website, select ‘By university or other training provider’ and type in Surrey Downs Partnership, then select ‘Secondary’ and select the secondary subjects you want to teach.

To see if Reigate College is offering placements in a particular subject, please click on ‘Training locations’ under Contents. To apply for a course, click ‘Apply’

If you wish to discuss the PGCE Secondary route into teaching through Surrey Downs Partnership in more detail, please contact Head of Initial Teacher Training

Reigate College specialises in providing high quality education for 16-19 year old students in a supportive and caring community and is committed to equality of rights and opportunity.

The College has a long running and very successful teacher training programme – more than one third of the College’s teaching staff are trained at the College.

On completion of your School Direct course with QTS, you will seek employment in the sector as an Early Career Teacher to complete your Induction Year.  See ECT Induction Years

As you progress as a qualified teacher, opportunities to study your practice at Master’s level, will be available at many universities.  This may be something you would want to consider.

Is School Direct the same as Teach First?


Teach First trains graduates in selected challenging schools and you apply directly to Teach First. You apply for School Direct through UCAS Teacher Training.