The qualification resulting from the School Direct training at Cornerstone is accredited as a PGCE with QTS. Applications for the School Direct programme are available through UCAS

Secondary places available here 

Find out about Fees and Funding here

We work with two universities to accredit the following programmes (both will give you a PGCE and QTS):




Primary with Early Years

Primary with an I.T Specialism

Primary with Mathematics

Primary with STEM subjects

Primary with Humanities

Primary with the Creative Arts

Primary with English


Plymouth Marjon University have published an extensive guide called How to Get into Teaching, it is an excellent resource to help potential trainees secure their place and prepare for life as a trainee teacher. The guide covers everything from choosing a route into teaching, to teacher training personal statements, interviews, applying for your first teaching job, understanding the Early Career Framework and much more. It includes a downloadable teacher training survival guide, written for trainees by trainees. 

Eligibility Critera

For each course you will be asked to submit an application and you will be required to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for School Direct.

  •  You will need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  •  You will need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  •  You must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.
All applicants will be asked for details of:
  •  Contact information
  •  Qualifications and educational history, including details of the institutions at which qualifications were gained
  •  Referees, including contact information
  •  Candidates are advised to have this information to hand before completing their application


You will also be required to submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to explain why the school should offer you a place on the programme. As there is considerable competition for places, we recommend that you spend some time writing, drafting and checking this before submitting your application.

Registration and applications are completely free. In addition, the system allows you to save and manage your draft applications, and stores copies of your submitted applications for your reference. You can apply for School Direct places at up to three lead schools initially. You will be able to apply to further schools if any of your initial applications are unsuccessful.

You will be required to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure that you have passed them both before the start of the course.