How to apply

How to apply

The UCAS application process

All applications need to be made through the single admissions system for Initial Teacher Training, UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).  Recruitment for the academic year 2020/21 will open on Tuesday 8th October 2019; the recruitment cycle for TSAT Teacher Training is run by our accrediting body GLF Schools’ Teacher Training and will remain open until July 2020.


There are two opportunities to apply:

Apply 1: up to three applications (any route), which will be considered at the same time

Apply 2: open to applicants who were not successful through Apply 1. Applicants make one choice at a time, which will be considered sequentially. Apply 1 will continue to run for new applicants.

All decisions will be communicated within 40 working days of application.

When applying for an ITT place, you will need to demonstrate a drive for, and commitment to, teaching.  Your UCAS application should contain the following:

  • A full detailed career history (including any gaps in employment with explanations explaining the gaps).
  • Any relevant school experience or experience of working with children or young people.
  • Two references: one must be from your most recent or current employer.  If you have recently worked in a school, we require a reference from the head teacher.
  • If you have a NARIC statement or IELTS result, you will be asked to forward these via email on receipt of your application.  Please ensure that you have these documents before applying so as not to delay your application progress.

Please use the provider code and the course codes from the table below to apply for Core or School Direct places through GLF Schools’ Teacher Training:



Provider Code 2B4
Provider Code 1HV
Art and Design 2TCB
Biology 2TCK 2TCZ
Business Studies 2TC9
Chemistry 2TCN 2TD3
Computing 2TCG 2TCW
Design & Technology 2ZJM 2ZJ6
Drama 2ZJK
English 2TCJ 2TCY
Geography 2TCD 2ZJ4
History 2TCF 2ZJ3
Mathematics 2TCP 2TD4
MFL (French and/or Spanish) 2TCH 2TCX
Music 2TC7 3964
Physics 2TCM 2TD2
Religious Education 2TCC 3BVS
Primary 36ZW 38FS

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The interview

Once we have received your application via UCAS we will check that you meet the qualification eligibility criteria and that you demonstrate a drive for and commitment to teaching in your personal statement.  If successful at this stage we will then invite you for interview.

Interview days take place at one of our partner schools and you will be emailed all of the information that you need to know 1 week in advance of your interview date.   We operate a two stage selection process that may consist of the following tasks: a 5-minute presentation on your subject, a subject knowledge exercise (based at GCSE level), a lesson planning exercise, a written test, a class based activity with a small group of pupils, and a panel interview. Numeracy and literacy skills will also be tested.

Successful candidates will be given a conditional offer that will be subject to DBS and health checks, evidence of qualifications etc.

Detailed verbal feedback is provided to all interviewees following this process.


Equivalency Tests

If you do not have English or Maths GCSEs at grade C/level4 or above (or Science for primary teacher training), you can still apply for teacher training, but we will require you to pass an equivalency test before we confirm any offer that we make.  You are free to use any provider but we have worked with in the past and recommend them.  You are also able to use St Mary’s University as an equivalency test provider as we work with them to deliver the PGCE option in training.

If your secondary qualification and your degree were studied abroad in a non-English speaking country and you do not have an English GCSE as you studied it as a second language, you will need to sit the IELTS Academic test – our minimum requirement is for an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 for Reading and 6.0 for Writing.  If you undertook secondary education in a non-English speaking country but took your degree in the UK and you finished it in the last three years, we do not require you to sit the IELTS.  Please note that the IELTS test is only valid for 2 years.


Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

Government sponsored Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available if you would like to train to teach in the following shortage subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

SKE courses can be taken online, and are available in a range of lengths from 8 weeks to 28 weeks (depending on the subject); part-time study options are available. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may also be eligible for a tax free SKE training bursary of up to £5,600 for a 28 week course or £2,400 for a shorter 12 week course.

SKE courses are a great way to prepare you for initial teacher training by helping you gain the depth of subject knowledge and skills that you will need to help you teach your chosen subject.  We therefore recommend that all our trainees applying to teach a shortage subject, complete an SKE course.

SKE courses are available at universities, schools or other organisations.  You are free to use any suitable provider but we have worked with, and recommend, the following:


Privacy notice for applicants

Under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how TSAT in partnership with GLF Schools (“The Trust”, which includes staff working in schools and at GLF’s office) uses any personal data that we hold about them.

We comply with this right by providing ‘privacy notices’ (sometimes called ‘fair processing notices’) to individuals where we are processing their personal data. This privacy notice explains how we collect, store and use personal data about the job applicants as part of our recruitment and selection process and for participants once they are accepted onto a TSAT course at The Trust.

The Privacy Notice for GLF Schools’ can be found at