Do I have to find my own placements?
No, we’ll arrange these for you. We have strong partnerships with a wide range of schools in the region, so we’ll ensure you receive a varied placement experience. Your placements will be within 90 minutes travel time of the University.
What are the Skills Test?
In order to secure your place on a teacher training course, you’ll need to pass the Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy. These are held at your local Learn Direct centre. You have three attempts to pass the tests, with the first attempt being free of charge. Unfortunately, if you don’t pass by the third attempt, you will be required to wait two years before submitting another teacher training application.
We recommend practicing as much as possible first. There are example tests online that will help you to get used to the format. We also run Skills Test preparation days to help equip you with the knowledge you need to pass.
I don’t have grade C or above (or 4 and above in the new GCSE grading system) in the required GCSE subjects. What are my options?
It is a government requirement that trainee teachers hold these qualifications. If you don’t have them, we would recommend that you investigate resitting your GCSEs at your local college. Alternately, call our Admissions team to discuss whether your current qualifications are accepted.
I don’t plan to live in Derby. Can I organise placements in my home town?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. All placements have to be quality assured, so we arrange your placements for you. This ensures that your placement mentors are fully trained and that our team can visit the school to assess you.