Initial Teacher Training


The application process for School Direct 2017-18 is now closed. 

The courses will open for 2018/19 applications in October 2017.

Applications for both the Primary and the Secondary course should be submitted via the UCAS website.

Places are limited and recruitment takes place on a rolling basis. Once the number of students accepted reaches the course limit, courses will be closed. We recommended that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the course of your choice.

The School Direct courses that we are running for 2017/18 are detailed below. Details of the 2018-19 courses will be available in October 2017. Email to register your interest.




Primary  Course full  29F3
Biology  Course closed  2KDQ
Chemistry  Course closed  2C52
Computing  Course closed  2C53
Drama  Course closed  2KDK
English  Course closed  29F4
Geography  Course closed  2KDM
History  Course closed  2KDG
Mathematics  Course closed  29F5
Modern Foreign Languages  Course closed  29F7
Music  Course closed  2KDT
Physical Education  Course full  2T2W
Physics  Course closed  29F9

Entry requirements

  • You must be an honours graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to York St John University and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
  • For Secondary applicants your degree must have significant components of direct relevance to the subject applied for.
  • All applicants require GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics
  • Primary applicants also need a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Science.
  • Ideally you should have at least 10 days relevant and recent classroom experience before you apply. You can contact us to arrange or discuss school experience placements.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for student teachers who

  • have a passion for teaching and a love of learning
  • are enthusiastic , combined with excellent organisational skills
  • have the ability to reflect and develop as critical professionals;
  • can express ideas clearly and succinctly
  • show personal initiative and can work well with peers, pupils, tutors, staff and parents alike.

How we select our student teachers

Selection is based on evidence provided throughout the application process including your personal statement, references, a detailed breakdown of degree content and details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications,

Interview days will typically include

  • a short teaching activity,
  • an individual personal interview
  • a group activity (depending on number of candidates)
  • a literacy based task
  • a pupil guided tour of a school

At the interview stage your personal qualities as well as your academic qualifications will be considered in helping us identify and meet your training needs.

Please remember, at the point of application you should ideally have your professional skills tests booked. The Department for Education professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be completed before commencing your course. All successful applicants will also need to obtain an enhanced DBS check and the successful completion of a medical questionnaire