"An outstanding secondary teaching training provider" (ofsted 2016)

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Teaching Courses

The OAKS offers a wide range of courses and routes into teaching:

  • PGCE
  • School Direct (SD)
  • School Direct Salaried (SDS)
  • Assessment Only Route (AO)

The OAKS are secondary provider (KS3 & 4 – 11-16 age range), with a post-16 enhancement, with the exception of Business Studies and Social science which are KS4 & 5 programmes (14-19 age range).  Our PGCE and School Direct routes into teaching follow the same programme as each other, they have two outcome awards. QTS registration is recommended by The OAKS and your PGCE is awarded by Keele University.

School Direct Salaried

This course is available at the request of our Partnership schools.

Individual programmes are designed to facilitate the best outcome for both the school and the trainee.

NB:  Trainees looking to follow this route must be aware that their is no DfE bursary or Student Finance England support.  Their employing school are eligible for course fees.

Primary Education – Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education

The OAKS Secondary Teacher Training SCITT also works with Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education. This Ofsted Outstanding Primary SCITT also works in conjunction with Keele University.

If you are interested in Primary Teaching, please visit