Frequently Asked Questions

When do applications open and close for courses starting in September 2017?

Teacher Training runs in cycles – if you’re want to begin your studies in 2017, you can apply from the end of October 2016. Applications will be accepted until August 2017.

Is this the only route into teaching?

No, the Association of School and College Leaders have produced a great chart showing the different routes. Download a copy here.

Where do I apply and how can I find out about current place / subject availability?

You can search for availability and apply online through UCAS by clicking here. You need to search for courses using “The Downs School” and the post code RG20 6AD.

Are there any salaried places?

Please contact us to see if any salaried places are available for your subject specialism.

Do you offer a Part-Time route?

We are not offering part time places this year.

Where can I find out more about the financial bursaries on offer?

Visit the DFE website here to see the most accurate information regarding School Direct financing.

Will I still get a PGCE qualification on this course?

Yes, our trainees finish with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE

How long after I have applied will I find out if I have been successful?

Application decisions will be made within 40 days of our receiving your application through UCAS.

Can I gain classroom experience within the Downland Alliance schools?

Yes, school experience days are available at certain points of the year. For a list of scheduled days, please click here. Alternatively, contact us for more information – you need to say how long and which subject(s) you are interested in.

How can I best prepare for the application process?

Competition for places on our programme is high and so you should prepare as thoroughly as possible before applying. We are looking for candidates with a strong moral purpose, a commitment to improving student’s lives and the skills, personal qualities and subject knowledge to be an effective teacher. In terms of preparation we would recommend that you:

  • Gain as much classroom experience as possible
  • Research past and recent changes in your subject area
  • Ensure that your literacy and numeracy skills are adequate. Click here to practice the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests
  • Ask yourself the questions:
    • Why do I want to be a teacher?
    • Why do I want to teach Secondary?
    • Why do I want to teach my subject?