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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

Applying for school-centred initial teacher training

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Entry requirements

Applicants must already hold the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English and Maths - Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Science - Grade C or above (or equivalent) if you want to teach primary

In addition, applicants must have achieved the following qualifications by the time the course starts:

  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above 

If your qualifications are not UK-awarded you will need a NARIC statement of comparability to show that they are equivalent to the entry requirements listed.

All offers of a place are conditional on achieving the above requirements and original certificates are required as proof of qualification.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (sign a declaration that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children and complete a medical health questionnaire which may be subject to occupational health referral). This will be arranged by the Partnership.

Offers made to applicants will be conditional until all of the above criteria have been fulfilled.


How to apply

All applications for the Stockton-on-Tees Teacher Training Programme must be made through UCAS, our provider code is S60. The partnership cannot accept direct applications.


The UCAS course search opens mid-October for Teacher Training applications (this could be subject to change).

Applicants are required to provide a personal statement as part of their application demonstrating qualities, skills and experience and providing insight into why you want to be a teacher.

Visit the UCAS Teacher Training website for advice and guidance on producing a personal statement.

Applicants should have experience of at least two weeks spent in a school or educational environment.


What happens next - the recruitment process

Stage One: Screening
Applications are checked to ensure that applicants' qualifications meet the NCTL entry requirements.

Stage Two: Scrutiny
Applications meeting the entry requirements are scrutinised by subject and phase specialists against set criteria.

Stage Three: In-school assessment activities
Candidates who are invited to participate in stage 3 of the selection process will attend a Partnership school where they will be required to undertake a teaching activity. This will be followed by a formal interview with headteachers and lead practitioners and a written reflection task, designed to assess their abilities in relation to spoken and written English and subject knowledge.

Conditional offers will be made within 40 working days from receipt of application. Offers will be confirmed via UCAS.