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Can I train to be a teacher in a subject I do not have a degree in?

Yes, it is possible to train to teach a subject you did not study at university. You will need to have studied a closely related subject at degree level and will need to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courseDue to the government’s Spending Review, SKE courses for candidates starting Initial Teacher Training in 2021-22 will not be available at the start of the recruitment cycle. However, courses may become available later in the academic year.

I studied abroad. Am I eligible?

You can find out whether the qualifications you have obtained abroad are suitable for our courses by obtaining an official evaluation from  UK NARIC. We ask that all international applicants have their qualifications formally recognised prior to submitting their application.

What are the English requirements for non-native speakers?

In order to succeed on our programmes, trainees must have a strong command of the English language. We do not require applicants to submit official proficiency test results as we assess English proficiency through the online application form and assessments during the interview process.

Do you provide visa sponsorship?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide visa sponsorship to overseas applicants.

Can I apply for both training routes?

Yes, applicants are welcome to apply for both our Salaried and Unsalaried programmes.

Do you accept equivalency tests?

Yes, we do. You can take an equivalency test through A* Star Equivalency or through an alternative provider of your choice. 

When does the programme start and end?

The programme lasts one academic year, commencing in September and ending in June of the following year.

Where is the programme based?

As a trainee on our programme, you will primarily be based at one of our nine Federation schools, with an opportunity to spend six weeks at a contrasting school within the Federation.

Do I have to attend university throughout the course?

No, you will not be required to physically attend university throughout the course. Your academic studies will be delivered by Tes Institue, through their engaging and flexible e-learning platform.

Do I have to do a PGCE?

No, trainees are not obliged to undertake a PGCE and are able to progress through our courses with the aim of obtaining QTS only. You will have an opportunity to express which pathway you wish to pursue at the interview stage.

What does a typical trainee teacher's timetable look like?

Trainee teacher timetables may vary depending on your subject of instruction and the school in which you are based. Generally speaking, unsalaried trainees can expect to spend a greater amount of time observing lessons than salaried trainees. The tables below give an example of the proportion of time you might spend on different activities as a trainee.

What happens upon successful completion of the programme?

Our programmes have excellent retention rates with the vast majority of our trainees going on to assume permanent NQT roles within our Federation schools.