Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am completing my degree, can I still make an application?
A. Yes, you can continue to make an application and if successful at shortlisting and interview a conditional offer will be made subject to you gaining the necessary degree outcome prior to the 31st August
Q. My degree isn’t related to a national curriculum subject, will you accept it?
Q. I don’t have one of my GCSEs, can I still make an application?
A. Yes, you can continue to make an application and if successful at shortlisting and interview a conditional offer will be made, subject to you gaining the necessary qualification prior to the 31st August
Q. What equivalent exams do you accept?
A. We accept exams from www.equivalencytesting.com
Q. I have an adult literacy / numeracy level 2, is this acceptable?
A. No, unfortunately we do not accept adult literacy or adult numeracy level 2 as GCSE equivalent
Q. I have an international qualifications. What do I do?
A. You contact UK NARIC on www.naric.org.uk/
Q. Do I have to apply through DfE Apply / UCAS?
A. Yes, you apply through DfE Apply or UCAS, there are no exceptions
Q. I want a salaried place but don’t have a school.
A. You can still apply but we advise that you seek a supporting school. Some schools advertise for salaried applicants on their website
Q. I have no school experience, what do I do?
A. Although there is no requirement to undertake school experience we advise that a small amount of experience in a school prior to application would be beneficial. Previous applicants have enjoyed spending time in a school environment and career changers in particular have commented upon how much schools have changed since they were at school. Contact your local schools who largely welcome short voluntary experiences, especially when linked to possible application for initial teacher training
Q. I don’t have a supporting school, will you find me one?
A. Tuition fee and PGCE applicants - we will aim to place you in a school as close to your home as possible.
Postgraduate Teaching Apprentice candidates must have secured an employing school prior to making an application through DfE Apply / UCAS. Click herehere to see apprenticeship vacancies within our partnership schools.
Q. Will I be expected to teach a class on day one of the programme?
A. Our tuition fee and PGCE programmes start initially with small groups of children, building up to teaching one lesson and by the summer term you will be teaching the children 4 days of the week. Postgraduate Teaching Apprentices will have a teaching commitment in the autumn term from day one.
Q. What will I be paid as a Postgraduate Apprentice?
A. You will be employed by a supporting school and paid on the unqualified teachers scale (minimum point 1)