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 C/4 in both English and Mathematics (or recognised equivalents)
  • GCSE grade C/4 in a science subject (including Combined 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, normally with a degree classification of 2:2 or higher, or a recognised equivalent international qualification certified by NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre). 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.

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 £9250 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 generous, tax-free funding, which is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Chemistry, Languages, Mathematics and Physics trainees will receive three additional early-career payments of £2000 each (or £3000 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their second, third and fourth year of teaching , if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits.

Teachers of some shortage subjects can apply for a reimbursement on their student loan payments for up to 10 academic years following the year of their qualified teacher status (QTS) award. For further information, visit Teachers' student loan reimbursement: guidance for teachers and schools; the guidance sets out full eligibility criteria, payment rates and the application process.

The prestigious maths scholarship scheme is aimed at high-quality mathematicians who are passionate about maths and numeracy. Successful applicants must have secured a Department for Education (DfE) allocated ITT training place that leads to achieved QTS status by September 2019 to be awarded a maths scholarship. Applicants also need a 2:1 (or predicted) degree, candidates with a 2:2 (or predicted) degree may be considered if they can demonstrate relevant experience. We also welcome applications from SKE applicants. A lucrative financial package worth at least £32,000 is available for successful applicants. As well as financial benefits, successful scholars will also receive additional support to enhance their subject knowledge, gain access to high-quality professional development resources and membership for 2 years of a range of mathematical professional bodies, including the IMA.

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 your subject knowledge together with your ability to engage and inspire.

Lesson Observation

This will give you an opportunity to observe a 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 your rationale for wanting to become a teacher and your suitability to carry out the role.

Teaching Activity

Applicants will undertake a 30-minute teaching activity. You will be asked to prepare a topic to present to the students. This will evaluate your ability to facilitate students' interaction with you and each other.

Written Task

This will assess your literacy skills and your ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.

Mathematics Task

This will assess your numeracy skills and your ability to process, synthesise and evaluate information.

Skills Being Tested

During the course of the day we are assessing a range of skills via different tasks. The skills being assessed through individual tasks are indicated in the table below. Each ‘x’ will be replaced by a score from 1-4 upon completion of each task (1 being the highest score). Scores will be examined as part of the decision making process and will be used to identify areas where candidates being offered a place on the programme may need additional support.

Activity Skills Being Tested
Time Management and Organisation Interaction with Students Subject Knowledge Resilience and Flexibility Articulacy Core Skills
Lesson Observation x x
Written Task x x x
Mathematics x x
Presentation x x x
Teaching Task x x x x x x
Subject Knowledge Interview x x
Formal Interview x x x