Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements for teacher training?

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To be eligible for teacher training you will need GCSEs in English and Maths of level 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above.  If you want to train as a primary teacher you will also need a GCSE Science level 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above.

In addition you will need a undergraduate degree.  We only accept applicants with at least a lower second class degree.

If your qualifications are from abroad you should apply to ENIC for a statement of comparability before you apply.  This will confirm to us that your qualifications are of a comparable standard to UK qualifications.  For further information and to apply for a statement of comparability please go to

Equivalent Qualifications

Functional Skills qualifications and Adult Numeracy and Literacy qualifications are not considered to be equivalent to GCSEs and we do not accept them. 

We also do not accept the ESOL or IELTS as an equivalent qualification.

We do not accept university entrance exams as equivalent to GCSEs.

What if my qualifications are not equivalent to UK qualifications or I do not have a GCSE in English/Maths/Science?

You can complete something called a GCSE equivalency test.  We would expect candidates to complete this before applying so that we can be sure that they meet the entry requirements. We accept any of the equivalency test providers below.

A Star Equivalency | GCSE Equivalency Tests & Courses

Birmingham City University

School Experience

While not an essential requirement for teacher training, we recommend that all our candidates complete at least a couple of days of school experience before applying, ideally in a couple of different schools. This is to make sure that teaching is the right career for you and that you have chosen the right subject/phase of education (primary/secondary/post-16). This is particularly important if you are a career changer who maybe has not been in a classroom environment for a long time.

All our secondary schools are signed up to the DfE’s school experience programme and school experience days can be booked via


For experience in a primary school please email us


Where will my placement school be?

Our core placement schools are spread from Bridlington in the North, down the east coast via Hornsea and Withernsea to Hull and then south of the river Humber to Grimsby.  Once you have secured a place on the course, we will ask you for your preference and while we cannot guarantee a place at a certain school we do consider where you live and other factors (whether you drive or not etc. and which school will best be able to support you through your training year).  Not all placement schools are able to offer every subject every year as we can only place trainees where an experienced mentor is in the department. For a full list of placement schools please see here.


What about the course fee?

The course fee for the full time course is £9,250 and for the part time course £6935 per year.  You can take a tuition fee loan out from Student Finance England to cover the costs of this.  In financial terms the teacher training course ins comparable to your undergraduate degree.  To apply and for further information please go to

You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for maintenance loans. Further information about eligibility can be found here


Am I eligible for a bursary?

The list of subjects that are eligible for a bursary can be found here

To check your eligiblity you must apply for student finance (even if you do not intend to take out a tuition fee loan). Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

How do I apply for the bursary?

You do not need to apply for the bursary separately.  Once you are formally enrolled on the course (after your first day of attendance) and we have confirmed your eligibility (we have received the original of your degree certificate) your bursary will be processed automatically.


When do I receive the first bursary payment?

Bursary payments are made in 10 equal instalments on the last working day of the month from October to July of your training year.



Information about Scholarships available can be found here These are awarded by external organisations whose conditions you will have to meet in order to qualify for their scholarships.

Information about the different scholarships available can be found here:


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Institute of Mathematics


Royal Society of Chemistry


The Application Process


DfE Apply

All applications are made via DfE Apply.


For further information and to apply via DfE Apply please go to 

The Interview Process

What is involved in the interview process?




The interview process consists of a subject knowledge test (to test your subject knowledge at GCSE level) and 2 short papers to test your subject knowledge in Maths and English (arithmetic & grammar).  The subject knowledge required for these is at the level of a Year 6 student.

There will also be a short lesson planning task. The format of this tasks depends on whether your interview is face-to-face or online. For online interviews you will be asked to plan a lesson and submit your lesson plan 2 working days prior to interview. For face-to-face interviews you will be asked to deliver the activity you have planned to a class of students. You will be emailed instructions together with your interview invite to give you plenty of time to prepare. The exact content of this task varies from subject to subject and we do not give further information on this before this stage.


Finally, there is the formal interview. Your interview will start with a discussion of your lesson plan (for online interviews) or the lesson you have delivered (for face-to-face interviews).


Our primary candidates are required to complete a lesson planning task for a PSHE lesson in advance of the interview. You will be emailed this task together with your interview invite to give you plenty of time to prepare.


In addition to that there will be 3 short written tests, arithmetic, grammar and writing.  These are at the level of the KS2 SATs.


Finally there is the formal interview. This us usually conducted by our SCITT Primary Lead and a Headteacher from one of our primary partners.

I did not get an interview; can I appeal this decision?

For our appeals procedure please see here. The best course of action is to ask for feedback why your application was rejected and then act upon this feedback.


Places on the course are allocated on a first come first served basis. Once a course is full all remaining applicants will be rejected.  There is no right of appeal against this decision.

The course

How is the course structured?




Our course structure is as follows:


Week 1:    Core Training

Week 2:    Induction week at your main placement school

Week 3:    Core Training

Week 4:    Subject Specialism Training

Week 5:    Core Training

Week 6:    Placement A phase 1

Week 18:  Core Training

Week 19:  Subject Specialism Training

Week 20:  Core Training

Week 21:  Placement B

Week 29 : Placement A phase 2

Week 43:  Placement C

Week 44:  Preparation for your NQT year and graduation ceremony



On our primary course you will be in your placement school from day 1. Every Friday you will have core training sessions either at our training centre or in one of our partner primary schools. If you are doing the course part-time over two years you will need to work Fridays in your first year.

You will spend time at a contrasting primary school and also in another key stage.  In addition to that you will be given the opportunity to experience EYFS, a pupil referral unit and a secondary school.


Where will the training take place?

Most of our core training will take place at our training centre at Bricknell Primary School.  For our secondary trainees your subject training will take place at the school where your subject tutor is based.  Four our primary trainees the training sometimes takes place at the primary school where the trainer is based to make the most of the facilities/resources available at school.  You will be given plenty of notice before the training year starts of where each training session will be so that you can get yourself organised.

What qualifications will I have at the end?

At the end of our course you will receive QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE.



The PGCE element of our course is delivered by the University of Hull. The PGCE consists of two written assignments. The tuition for these assignments will take place at our training centre.  In addition you will be able to book individual or group tutorials with your University Tutor to receive advice on your assignments.  You will be given access to the University’s Virtual Learning Platform and also receive a student card which you can use to access the library.

The PGCE element of the course is compulsory for all trainees on our face-to-face course. For those on the National Online Teacher Training Route and salaried apprentices it is optional. For more information on the benefits of the PGCE course please go to 

For more information on what the PGCE element of the course is about please go to 


How am I assessed?

To gain QTS you need to provide evidence against the Teacher Standards. This is done via a series of video submissions called Big Questions and supporting evidence. We will support you through this process. Your grading is made by using national descriptors following an assessment of your evidence. Throughout your training year your evidence is reviewed and you are guided in your selection of evidence to present.

All of our systems are online and accessible remotely to enable you to contribute to your files wherever you are.


Can I take holidays during the course?

Our course is a 44-week, term time only course.  You will be able to take holidays during the school holidays.  Leave of absence during term time will not be authorised.

Should you already have a holiday planned for the academic year that you are planning on starting your teacher training in, please talk to us at the latest at interview stage.  Depending on the length of the holiday you may have to defer the start of your course.