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Dixons Academies Trust

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Dixons Academies Trust has a long history of teacher training. Within the group is a former Specialist Training School with a National reputation for Innovative Teacher Training – Dixons City Academy – and the first secondary Free School in the country to be judged as outstanding – Dixons Trinity Academy. ​

​The Trust now trains on average​ 50 secondary student teachers every year. 

Dixons Academies Trust delivers professional Secondary School Teacher Training for the 11-16 years age range, with opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or Advanced Level. You will gain a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 6 with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion, with the choice to study for Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 with two additional modules.

Subjects available: Places for the School Direct programme are available on the following subjects – ​Art & Design, Computer Science, Design & Technology (Resistant Materials/Product Design), Religious Education (RE), Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Mathematics, History, En​glish, M​odern Foreign Languages, Geography, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Drama.

Course model

As a distance partnering school with Leeds Trinity, you will be school-based and taught one day a week by university academic staff.

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade C or above.
  • Passed professional skills test for teacher trainees available at the website​
  • A degree in any national curriculum or relevant subject at 2:2 or above.

N.B. Third class degrees will be considered if relevant school-based voluntary or paid work experience has been gained. 

How to apply

Applying for the School Direct programme couldn't be easier. Search for Dixons Academies Trust at for more information and to apply for Secondary School Teacher Training. Early applications are recommended as the programme will no longer be available once target numbers are met.

Fees and finance

Financial support is available throughout your training, with opportunities to receive a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000 from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The tuition fee is £9,000 a year for postgraduate study with Leeds Trinity.

Find out more about student finance

Subjects o​​​​​ffered​

  • Art & Design​
  • ​​Computer Science with ICT
  • Design & Technology (Resistant Materials/Product Design)
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science with Biology
  • Science with Chemistry
  • Science with Physics
  • Social Sciences​​

Contact us

For further details about School Direct, please go to You can also find out more about Teacher Training courses at

Visit Dixons Academies Trust website ​


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