Application FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the application process.

I am considering making an application to a teacher training programme; can I take my skills tests before I apply?


You must have submitted an application form for an ITT programme on UCAS before you can register for the tests.

Will I have to have prior knowledge of the teaching profession in order to pass the skills tests?


Although the skills tests are set in the context of an application to teaching, candidates will not be expected to have any knowledge of specific terminology in order to pass the test. we do recommend that candidates use the practice material available on the DfE Website which will help them to become familiar with the question types.

You will also have spent 10 days volunteering in a state funded primary school setting, observing the teacher and gaining experience of the teacher’s role.

Will the requirement to have passed the skills tests replace the requirement for GCSEs in English, Maths and (for primary teacher applicants) Science?


This entry requirement for ITT will remain the same.

Will there be any exemptions from payment, for example, for people in receipt of benefits?


There will be no exemptions.

Would I be suitable for a salaried role

Candidates suited to the salaried route into teaching have usually had three years experience working in a primary school, are already planning and teaching lessons and assessing pupil progress.  Usually this role demands that the candidate take charge of a class in a school and receive a lower level of supervision that trainees on the tuition fee route. However, salaried route still receive days out of school training and must teach in a second school.

Can I train to teach on a part time basis?

Yes! This is available with HART of Yorkshire SCITT. Get in touch with Antonia for more details.

The part-time programme runs over two years with a two-day a week commitment in the Autumn and Spring terms of year one, a full-time 8 week placement in the summer term.  Two days per week in the Autumn term and beginning of spring term of year two and a full-time placement in the summer of year two for 9 weeks.  We cannot avoid the full-time segments of the teaching practice as this builds resilience in trainees and meets that national requirement of percentage teaching time.

The fixed days for the part-time programme are Wednesdays and Thursdays in Year 1.

What is the time commitment of the programmes?

The Full-Time and Part-time Primary PGCE programmes are very intensive, and usually trainees are in their placement schools from 8am-5.30pm each scheduled day.  In addition, there will be a staff meetings each week and parent-teacher consultations once per term.  You may opt to run an after school club in your placement school or attend curriculum evening to help parents to understand what their children are learning and how they can support them, to better prepare you for your first year of teaching.  In addition to these hours, there will be study towards the academic module assignments and research and preparation for teaching the following day.

We advise applicants that during this year they will work very hard both within the 9am-5.30pm hours and beyond as they study and build their evidence and research for academic assignments.  We advise those applicants with young families to ensure that they have a sufficiently robust support system to help them to complete the programmes.



Applications for this course are handled via UCAS.


The quality of the newly qualified teachers graduating from the programme is so much higher than anything we have seen from other local providers. It's as though they have already been teaching for two years.

Employing School (feedback in NQT evaluation)