Course Content

School Direct trainee Trainee Teachers will spend a minimum of 120 days in good and outstanding schools from within our Alliance and our South Birmingham SCITT partnership. We know these schools and work closely with them. We want you to learn from the best and be inspired by great teaching and learning.

Trainee Teachers will be coached and mentored by outstanding teachers, senior leaders in education and colleagues and will benefit from expertise from across the partnership. Full training is given to daily trainers and lead teachers to ensure they can offer the best support and guidance during the school placements.

Trainee Teachers will spend 4 days in their placement school and 1 day training every week. This year the training day is on a Monday and this will be either at CPTSA or the SCITT


Centre to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops,taught sessions, seminar groups ad individual study.

To compliment this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. Specialist subject knowledge is updated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements

Secondary Subjects

English - UCAS Code 2J4W

Maths - UCAS Code 2J4X

Biology - UCAS Code 2T42

Chemistry - UCAS Code 2J4Q

 Physics - UCAS Code 2J4P


Trainee Teachers become reflective practitioners with specific targets to move their practice forwards. Weekly reflections and termly reviews are underpinned with theory and practice

Fees and Funding

The fees for 2018/19 are £9000. Some Associate Teacher trainees may be eligible for a student loan/bursary. Subject dependent training bursaries may be available.

Successful Completion

All our School Direct courses last one academic year starting in early September to July. On successful completion of the course, you will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning with 80 Level 7 Masters credits. This will work towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning (this is more than a PGCertEd)

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Secondary: GCSE English and Maths - Grade C or above or their equivalent

Preferred Degree Classification

We consider all applications individually. A degree in a relevant subject, from a recognised UK higher education institution, or an equivalent.

For Secondary routes - at least 50% of which is in the subject that you intend to teach. There can be a wide range of degrees that are relevant to teaching specialist subjects at secondary level that will be acceptable.

The Professional Skills Tests 

The professional skills tests (skills tests) for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. You can take the skills tests as many times as you need however it will form part of your offer conditions so will need to be passed by August 31st 2019.

All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

The skills tests:

  • are in addition to the GCSE grade C or grade 4 equivalence entry requirement
  • are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher
  • assess the use of real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter
  • are computerised and can be taken at learndirect skills test approved test centres throughout the UK
  • go through a stringent quality assurance procedure
  • are extensively piloted and the performance of each test is regularly monitored

You can find more information about the skills tests in the context of teacher training via the Get into teaching website.

We do not expect you to have passed your Literacy and Numeracy assessment prior to interview. An offer will be given with this as a condition of starting the course.

School Experience

 School based experience is a great way to find out if teaching is the career for you. We verify all of our experiences with a seen teaching form which needs to be signed by the Head Teacher and verified by the school. This can help with your application

  • We offer a 2 day secondary school experience at a number of our secondary schools from across the partnership There will be a chance to teach and critically observe outstanding teaching. For more details see our website  

Disclosure and Barring Service

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of all Safeguarding procedures.

Fitness to Teach

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of an Occupational Health Check to satisfy the requirements for Fitness to Teach. We endeavor to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.

How to Apply

Find us  through UCAS Teacher Training for programmes in England and Wales from October 2018. Apply through the trainee teacher portal

  • Course Provider Code: 19Q

Secondary Subjects:

  • English  2J4W
  • Maths  2J4X
  • Biology   2T42
  • Chemistry  2J4Q
  • Physics  2J4P