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The Learning Institute

Secondary Teacher Training

Our Secondary School Centered routes lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE.

School-based routes are a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills which potential trainees need to become a teacher. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with learning on the job.

Entry Criteria and How to Apply  

Secondary Teacher Training entry criteria:

  • GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above
  • Degree at 2:2 or higher in a relevant subject*
  • Recent School Experience desirable
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS, Prohibited List and Health Checks

We can offer online equivalency tests in English and Maths. The equivalency enables candidates to meet the entry requirements for our programmes in regard to GCSEs. However, we encourage all potential teachers to pursue full GCSEs in these subjects for their own professional development.

*Candidates who apply with a degree different from the subject in which they will train to teach will be required to provide additional evidence of subject knowledge i.e. A levels, Diplomas, relevant experience. Following a successful interview a future trainee may also be asked to complete a Subject Enhancement Course (SKE) before the start of the Teacher Training programme. For more information about SKE please follow this link: All you need to know about SKE

Applicants with qualifications from overseas will need to contact UK Enic to prove equivalency:

All applications are completed through:

We strongly recommend all potential candidates take a close look at supporting information available on the site, especially for help with the personal statement.

You will be required to provide 2 references: one professional and one academic. Please check with your referees in advance that they are available to respond to the reference request in a timely manner.

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Secondary routes with The Learning Institute  

For academic year 2022-23, the following secondary subjects will be available through The Learning Institute SCITT:

Secondary Training Bursary Course Overview 

The course will start on Friday 2nd September 2022. You will spend most of your first 2 weeks undertaking central training in our training room in Roche. On completion of induction training, all trainees start their main school placement.

For the majority of training weeks, trainee teachers are in their school placement for 4 days a week with one day reserved for General Professional Study days (GPS) and subject focused days.

All trainees need to undertake a second school placement. This normally happens from January until Easter. After the Easter holidays, trainees are back in their main placement.

In The Learning Institute we believe a friendly and happy school environment constitutes creative and supportive learning platform for trainees. We work together with successful candidates in finding the right school for them to complete their training.

All trainees are assigned a Subject Tutor, who mentors and oversees subject training and trainee progress. Each trainee also works closely with a Subject Lead and a Visiting Tutor, who provide additional guidance.

The Learning Institute offers other support avenues for trainees who find themselves in challenging circumstances. Please visit our Student Support area for further information.

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