Train to Teach

Train to Teach

Application & Interview Process

Teacher Training Application Process

Step 1 - Thinking about the Application Process

  • Arrange a day or more of school experience to help strengthen your application.
  • Contact your referees and explain that you are applying for a teacher training course.
  • Think about how you will finance the course.
  • Research bursaries and scholarship opportunities.

Step 2 - 'Find' service

  • Click on the image on the left to go directly to the website.
  • When you have found your preferred course, click on ‘Apply for this course’. If you haven’t already created a user account, you will have the opportunity to do so here.
  • If required, our provider code is 1FA.

Step 3 - Application submitted

  • Prepare for interview and research the kinds of questions you may be asked.
  • Look at the National Curriculum in your subject or phase. If you’re applying for a Secondary course, have a look at the GCSE specifications for your subject. If you’re Primary, familiarise yourself with the Key Stage 2 tests.
  • Have a look at professional websites, such as the Chartered College of Teaching.

Step 4 - Interviews

  • Reply promptly to any emails/calls from schools inviting you to interview.
  • Most interviews with Stour Vale will consist of two parts: a school-based interview and a university interview. These may take place face to face or online.

Step 5 - Decisions

  • If you accept an offer from us, we will invite you to our ‘boot camp’ in the summer term to prepare you for the start of your course.

Step 6 - Conditions of Offer

  • The university will carry out all the necessary checks, including a DBS application.
  • Conditions of your offer may also include spending a week or longer in your host school before starting your training (school experience), or undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. These vary in length from 8 to 28 weeks depending on your level of subject knowledge. It’s worth taking into account the duration of SKEs at the point of application.

Step 7 - Teacher training begins!

Before the first day of term…

  • Contact your mentor in school to clarify arrangements for the first day (this can range from car parking to dress codes).
  • Check that all the relevant paperwork has been completed and submitted.
  • Once the course has begun, trainees eligible for a bursary will start to receive their payments.

Please click on the image below to search through our courses:

For all school direct training enquiries, email