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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements for teacher training?
Equivalent qualifications
What if my qualifications are not equivalent to UK qualifications or I do not have a
GCSE in English/Maths/Science?
International Applicants
School Experience
Subject Knowledge

Where will my placement school be?
Salaried training places

What about the course fee?
Am I eligible for a bursary?
How do I apply for the bursary?
When do I receive the first bursary payment?

​The Interview Process
What is involved in the interview process?
I did not get an interview; can I appeal this decision?

The Course
What qualifications will I have at the end?

How am I assessed?
Can I take holidays during the course?

What are the requirements for teacher training?

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 degree.  We only accept applicants with at least a lower second class degree.

If your qualifications are from abroad you must apply to NARIC 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

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 as an equivalent qualification.

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

You can complete something called a GCSE equivalency test.  We expect candidates to complete this before applying so that we can be sure that they meet the entry requirements. The main provider who offers these tests is

From 2021 the UK is moving to a new points-based immigration system which applies to all non-UK citizens. Overseas applicants will require a visa to enrol on a teacher training course in the UK. We are a school-centred initial teacher training provider and as such we are unable to sponsor visas. We are therefore only able to accept applications from applicants who have the right to work/study in the UK for the duration of their teacher training year.

Guidance for overseas applicants can be found here

Covid Update - lack of school experience due to Covid restrictions will not count against you

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 hasn’t been in a classroom environment for a long time.

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

Ideally applicants will have a degree (at least lower second class) or a postgraduate qualification in the subject they wish to teach. However, Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available to support applicants who have a degree in a related subject, or an A Level with grade C or above, or recent professional and/or teaching experience in the subject they wish to teach.


We do not have a fixed list of placement schools and each placement is arranged individually.

The salaried training places are only available via the Researchers in Schools route. To qualify for the Researchers in Schools route you need to have a PhD in the subject you wish to teach. Applications need to be vetted by The Brilliant Club before applying to us. More information can be found here

The salaried PGTAs are only available upon request of the employing headteacher. This route is therefore only available to existing unqualified school staff. It is not open to general applicants who do not have an employing school. Your employing headteacher must confirm to us that they are happy to offer a PGTA before you apply to us.


The course fee is £9,250.  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

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

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.

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

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:

Institute of Physics

Institute of Mathematics

Royal Society of Chemistry 


The Application Process

All applications are made via UCAS or DfE Apply. DfE Apply will replace UCAS from October 2021.

To apply and for further information on the application process via please go to

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

The Interview Process

All interviews will take place via video conferencing.

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.

You will also be asked to plan a lesson. You will be sent the instructions for this together with the interview invite.

Finally, there is the formal interview. During the first 5-10 minutes, you are asked to present your lesson plan which is then followed by questions from the interview panel. There will usually be 2 interviewers on the panel.

Researchers in Schools – if you are applying via the Researchers in Schools programme members of staff from your prospective placement school will also be on the interview panel.

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

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 online.  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.

The PGCE element of the course is compulsory for all trainees. For those on the Researchers in Schools programme 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 

To gain QTS you need to provide evidence against the Teacher Standards. 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.

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.