Liverpool Hope University has a long established tradition of delivering high quality Teacher Education. Our founding college, Warrington Training College, opened in 1844 with the remit of educating teachers and over the past 169 years, Liverpool Hope has continued to develop and invest in our teacher training programmes. We are therefore pleased to welcome and support School Direct - an innovative new route into teaching introduced in 2012/2013, which enables schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training (ITT). One of the key benefits for Liverpool Hope University School Direct trainees is the opportunity for development and progression.
Our School Direct Partnership believes that it is vital that all of our trainees have the academic and theoretical underpinning to become outstanding practitioners within the field of Education. This is why we make it compulsory for all trainees completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to study at Masters level. This aspect of the training takes place at our Hope Park campus.
The PGCE is a 60 credit award that can offer progression, upon successful application, onto our Masters in Education (180 credits in total) for those students who want to pursue further study.
Please note that School Direct is non-salaried.
The University’s Faculty of Education places a strong emphasis on partnerships and we work closely with schools, dioceses and the community to design, deliver and quality assure training that results in the education of outstanding, passionate and talented teachers. We recognise that the quality of our students gaining Qualified Teacher Status is dependent on the valuable work carried out in schools and ensuring a collaborative approach is maintained at every stage of the management and delivery process.
We are currently working with a number of schools on School Direct to develop bespoke training programmes that meet the needs of each Lead School and the networks in which they operate.
We look forward to working with you.
The tuition fee for full-time School Direct commencing September 2021 is £9,250.
Funding your study
Bursaries and Scholarships
Dependent upon your degree classification and the subject to be studied, training bursaries & scholarships may be available. Please see information on the Teaching Agency’s website.
These bursaries are administered by the University so students do not have to apply for these. Payments are made on the 5th working day of each month from October to July.
- Trainees will receive the bursary in 10 equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course.
Tuition fee loan
Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England. No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £25,725. You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website.
Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.
Student loan for maintenance
Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Liverpool Hope University is currently working with a number of schools developing high quality School Direct Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to develop bespoke training programmes that meet the needs of each Lead School, the students training within them and the networks in which they operate.
If you are interested in finding out more about our School Direct Partner schools, please visit their websites or contact them directly for further information. To apply for a School Direct place please visit the UCAS website.
The lead schools working in partnership with Liverpool Hope University for School Direct 2020/21 are:
Lead School - Our Lady & St. Edward's Catholic Primary School
Address: Price Street, Birkenhead CH41 8DU
Telephone: 0151 652 3366
Lead School - Grange Valley School
Address: Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ
Telephone: 01744 678300
Lead School - Greenbank Primary School
Address: Mossley Avenue, Liverpool, L18 1JB
Telephone: 0151 522 5748
Lead School - Merseyside SEN Teaching Schools Alliance (Redbridge High School)
Address: Millstead School, Iliad Street, Liverpool, L5 3LU
Telephone: 0151 233 6170
Lead School - St Andrew's C.E Primary School
Address: Vicars Hall Lane, Boothstown, Worsley, Manchester, M28 1HS
Telephone: 0161 790 2113
Lead School - Warrington Teaching School Alliance (Evelyn Street Primary School)
Address: Evelyn Street, Warrington, WA5 1BD
Telephone: 01925 202255
Lead School - Wigan Catholic Primary School Direct WCPSD (St Patrick's Catholic Primary School)
Address: Hardybutts, Wigan, WN1 3RZ
Telephone: 01942 776911
Lead School - Aspirational Teaching Alliance St. Helens (Hope Academy)
Address: Ashton Road, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0AQ
Telephone: 01744 671 930
Lead School - St John Bosco Arts College
Address: Stonedale Crescent, Liverpool, L11 9DQ
Telephone: 0151 235 1620
Lead School: The Oldham Academy North
Address: Broadway, Royton, Oldham, OL2 5BF
Telephone: 0161 652 2428
Lead School - Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic School Direct (St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School)
Address: Rookery Avenue, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9PF
Telephone: 01942 766906
Lead School - Upton Hall School FCJ
Address: Upton Hall School, FCJ, Upton, Wirral, CH49 6LJ
Telephone: 0151 677 7696
Lead School- St. Patrick's RC High School A National Teaching School
Address: New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ
Telephone: 0161 921 2300
Lead School - St Jame's Church of England High School
Address: Lucas Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL4 9RU
Telephone: 01204 333000
Lead School - Liverpool College
Address: Queens Drive, Liverpool L18 8BG
Telephone: 0151 729 0105
Lead School - Associated Merseyside Partnership AMP - SCITT and School Direct (Deyes High School)
Address: Deyes Lane, Maghull, L31 6DE
Telephone: 0151 526 3814
Lead School - Manchester Nexus SCITT (The Bluecoat School, Oldham)
Address: Egerton Street, Oldham, OL1 3SQ
Telephone: 0161 624 1484
The entry requirements for Liverpool Hope University are listed below. Please be aware that some of our partner schools may ask for higher qualifications. Please check with the lead school of your choice before submitting your application.
Liverpool Hope University Entry Requirements
- You will need to have, or anticipate having a minimum 2.1 (2:2 for some subjects, please contact the lead school for confirmation) in a subject appropriate for the course for which you are applying.
- GCSE Grade C (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system) or above in English, Mathematics (and Science for Primary applications) or their equivalent. Please note higher grades may be required by individual schools. Please check their websites for details.
- Relevant experience in a school setting is beneficial for your application, but not essential.
- It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course. More information can be found below.
Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.
School Direct Administrator: Kyle Dennis
School Direct Administration and Support,
School of Education
Liverpool Hope University
For current students or partner school enquiries please contact:
T: 0151 291 3658
For further information or for initial enquiries please contact External Relations as follows:
T: 0151 291 3331