Eligibility Requirements

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for creative and dynamic individuals who can motivate and inspire young people. We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their chosen subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. Resilience and determination, self-awareness and willingness to learn through success and mistakes are essential personal attributes for a career in teaching.

In your application you should demonstrate that you have had meaningful experience of working with young people of secondary age. For example, you may have been involved with some work with young people in previous jobs or on a voluntary basis. You may have direct experience in schools through visits which you have organised yourself or through the Swindon Teacher Training Partnership. We will also expect you to be able to write in your application about what interests you in teaching, what you think you have to offer and what you think you have to learn.

We will expect you to show a commitment to the subject you are applying for and demonstrate a suitable background experience in it. Your first degree needs to be in a relevant subject – for more details of this you should contact us if you are unsure of the suitability of the degree subject you have studied. We will expect you to have some basic ICT skills to build on but will not necessarily expect these to be directly linked to how ICT is used in teaching that will be part of your work on the programme.

We expect applicants to come from a wide range of backgrounds and, therefore, with a wide range of skills. This is a strength of the programme as it allows us to use your differences so that you can learn from one another. Some trainee teachers will be coming straight from a first degree, some will be making a fairly early career change, some will be returning to study and work after spending time bringing up children and some will be changing career later in life. All are very welcome and we believe our School Direct Programme is enriched by this variety.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

To be eligible for the course, you must have:

  • Degree (usually at 2:2 or above with at least 50% in a related subject of your PGCE)
  • GCSE Maths, English at C grade or equivalent
    (English qualification must be in English as a first language)
  • Pass in the numeracy and literacy skills tests. You will need to pass both tests by 30th June. Information about the tests can be found at The Department for Education
  • Evidence of school experience.  This should be around 10 working days of observing and/or supporting teaching in a comprehensive school within the last three years. Good references
  • Satisfactory Health and Safeguarding (DBS) checks

If you do not currently have these qualifications you may still apply to us but must have these in place before you commence the PGCE course.

If you would like to gain school experience, we can accommodate you within the partnership at short notice. Please contact Jo Gilbert STTP@theparkacademiestrust.com

Please note that this course starts in late August with two induction days. We are unable to agree any requests for holiday during your training placements due to the number of days required to complete the course.

You can apply through UCAS Teacher Training from October to start in 2019. There are a limited number of places for the programme, so you should apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of obtaining a place. We will close the course once we have filled all available places. We will publish our dates for interview for each subject and ask that applications are completed on UCAS 2 weeks before these dates.

Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about any aspect of the course then please contact Jo Gilbert STTP@theparkacademiestrust.com

Standards and Requirements

Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest standards and requirements.