Applying for Teacher Training

Apply to Become a Teacher with Haybridge

How To Apply

In the first instance, please contact us for an informal discussion about your plans to train to teach. We can then offer you a half-day tailored to your requirements:

  • to discuss what we can offer during your training year
  • to spend time in the school environment observing teachers and students
  • to help set up a ‘school experience’ week
  • to ask all those questions that may influence your decision

If you are lacking in school experience, you should consider a place on the School Experience Programme run by the Department for Education. Again, contact us if you want to discuss this further.

You will need to register and apply using the UCAS Teacher Training portal. UCAS manages the applications to all postgraduate teacher training routes.

Applications are checked by schools in the Haybridge Alliance SCITT to make sure that necessary selection criteria are met before shortlisting is undertaken. We request two references - one of which must be an academic reference from your university. We are interested in references from your university, employers, and teaching staff from the school where you completed your ‘school experience’.

We will then organise interviews as necessary with the final decision on offers being made by the school.

Applying for School-Led Training

The Department for Education came to Haybridge to make this short film with our trainees about applying for school-led training.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE grade A*-C in both English and Mathematics
  • GCSE grade A*-C in a science if you are applying to teach Primary (Key Stage 1/2, ages 5-11).
  • All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification, normally with a degree classification of 2:2 or higher. For Secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see at least 50% of your first degree relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

All applicants should have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for Fitness to Teach, and applicants must complete forms requesting an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.


You will pay tuition fees of £9000 to the University but if you are from the European Union you will be eligible for a student loan. If you are from the United Kingdom you can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan.

Funding and Bursaries

You may be able to apply for a tax-free bursary. These vary depending on teaching phase or subject and your degree class or highest relevant academic qualification. For example, bursaries of £9k are available for those with first-class degrees training to teach in the Primary phase and £25k-£30k bursaries are available for those training to teach in a Secondary shortage subject, such as Physics or Mathematics, who hold a first.

There are also a number of subject association-provided competitive scholarship opportunities for those wanting to train in shortage subjects (for a number of subjects these can now be for as much as £30k). Take a look at the following examples:

For information on the range of bursaries available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification, and on scholarship schemes, visit the Department for Education website.

Selection Process

We offer an intensive training year which demands your full-time commitment. Our rigorous interview and selection process will help us decide whether you should train with us, and also help you decide if teaching is the career for you.

Subject Interview

This will focus on applicants' subject knowledge together with their ability to engage and inspire.

Lesson Observation

This will give the applicant an opportunity to observe a subject-specific lesson.


You will be required to undertake a 10-minute presentation on "How to be an outstanding teacher".

Formal Interview

This interview will be with the SCITT Director for Secondary applicants and with a Primary School representative for Primary applicants. The interview will evaluate applicants' rationale for wanting to become a teacher and their suitability to carry out the role.

Group Task

Applicants will undertake a 30-minute task. They will be asked to prepare a topic to present to the students. This will evaluate applicants' ability to facilitate students' interaction with them and each other.

Written Task

This will assess applicants' literacy skills and their ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.

Mathematics Task

This will assess applicants’ numeracy skills and their ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.