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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.

Applications to train at Reigate College are made via UCAS. This portal allows you to search for Reigate College’s School Direct places in the subject or type of route you are interested in. Applications are processed by the University and the College.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview at the University and subsequently, in College.

You will need to register with UCAS on their website to access the application.

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 a Newly Qualified Teacher to complete your Induction Year.  See  NQT Induction Year

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.

The vacancies at Reigate College are listed below.  Applications for School Direct Tuition places in September 2022 are welcomed now in:

University of Brighton

Art & Design, PE, Physics with Maths

University of Sussex

Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computing, Design & Technology, English, English and Media, Geography, History, Maths, Media Studies, MFL (French and German), MFL (French and Spanish), MFL (French, Spanish and German), Music, Physics, Psychology, Social Sciences

Please see Job Vacancies at Reigate College

Please note in order to see current School Direct teacher training opportunities at Reigate College you will need to search for courses by location on the UCAS Search, using Reigate as the town.  All vacancies will be under The Surrey Downs Partnership.

Initially, you may want to contact the college to speak with the Head of Initial Teacher Training to discuss the opportunities available.