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 as usually already assessing pupil progress, planning and teaching lessons.  Usually this role demands that the candidate take charge of a class in a school and receive a lower level of supervision that trainees training 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?

No this is not available with SCITT or School Direct routes except for Physics at secondary level.

What is the time commitment of the programme?

The Primary PGCE is a very intensive programme, and usually trainees are in their placement schools from 8am-5.30pm each 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 file 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 year.

Applications for this course are handled via UCAS.


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