The Application Process


Applications for all teacher training vacancies should be made through UCAS and their Apply system.  There are two opportunities to apply; through Apply1 in October and then through Apply2 later in the year.  Apply2 is open to those who have been unsuccessful in Apply1.  More information can be found at the following link:  http://www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

What are Skills Tests?

It is essential that you register for your Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy as this is a requirement of being accepted onto a Teacher Training course.  If you have not successfully passed these tests, it will be made a condition of acceptance onto the course. Skills Tests are undertaken at specified Driving Test Centres.  You can find a list of them here: http://sta.education.gov.uk/professional-skills-tests/the-process-for-taking-the-professional-skills-tests

What sort of School Experience will I need?

You normally require some time working in a school environment and we offer school Taster Days for those people who are looking to spend time in the classroom.  It is not necessary to work in a school however, time spent working with young people is also considered.  If you have not worked in a school or a college, then make sure that you include any information on your application form that might showcase any transferable skills.  Further information on the school Taster Days can be found here.

What should I put in a personal statement?

This is your opportunity to shine!

Tell us why you want to teach, make sure that your enthusiasm for working with young people comes across throughout your personal statement.  Tell us about your experiences working with young people and how they have inspired you.  Tell us about what skills you may have that you have not been able to tell us about within the UCAS application form.  Above all, please make sure that you have used a spell check, or ask someone to proof read it for you.  Spelling errors can leave a negative impression.

I am still waiting for my references, can you process my form without them?

The simple answer is no!  You will be asked to provide two references.  Your application will not be sent to us without your completed references attached to it.  If you are working on your application, then do please make the time to explain the process to your referees and how important it is that they complete their end of the task as speedily as possible as this process can hold up your application and mean the difference between your application being considered in time for what can be highly competitive places.

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I’d love to apply, but it’s been years since I was at school and I’m a bit rusty!

Don’t worry!  Candidates who can demonstrate that they have an aptitude for teaching during their interview, but who need to brush up their subject knowledge may be offered an opportunity to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before starting their teacher training.

Click here to find out more about our SKE courses

The cost of SKE courses is covered by the government and you are compensated for time and costs through a variety of grants that are available depending on the length of the course you need to undertake.

Will I have a job at the end of all this?

School Direct trainees who successfully complete their training may be employed in any school with a vacancy in their subject across the Alliance.  There can, however, be no guarantee of employment, as vacancies will largely depend on circumstances that may exist in schools at the time, though the teaching school will be support you in securing employment. Trainees would be required to go through a full and formal application process for any vacancies.

What will this cost me?

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

You will be paid a salary as an Unqualified Teacher by the school in which you train. The salary will be around £16,000.  You will be responsible for paying any joining fee required by the University and the school will pay for your Course Fees

School Direct Training Programme (unsalaried)
Is there any support to pay the tuition fees?

Maintenance grants are available to support living costs during the training year for Home students in England. These are available to trainees whose total household income is less than £42,600. To check eligibility and to apply visit www.direct.gov.uk

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of the course. This is available through SLC. More information can be found at www.direct.gov.uk

Am I able to apply for a student loan as a PGCE student?

Home students in England may be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards living costs and accommodation. Again more information on this can be found at www.direct.gov.uk

Scholarship and Bursaries

You’ll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21. You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching – enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course.

Scholarship:  Eligible ITT Subjects

  ITT Subject or Phase
Eligibility Physics Maths Chemistry MFL Geography Computing


£28,000 £28,000 £28,000 £28,000  £17,000 £28,000
Bursary £26,000 £26,000 £26,000 £26,000 £15,000 £26,000
Early Career Payment £6,000 £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
Total Scholarship £34,000 £34,000 £34,000 £34,000
Total Bursary £32,000 £32,000 £32,000 £32,000

Bursaries (other subjects)

Eligibility Biology Classics
Ancient Greek
D&T English History/RS/ Business Art & Design


First Class or Doctorate – 2:2 £26,000 £26,000 £15,000 £12,000 £9,000 £9,000 £6,000
Other degree £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0