Applications for teacher training programmes need to be made through UCAS. Please search UCAS Teacher Training using “The Downs School” and the post code RG20 6AD or our UCAS provider code which is 236. This will show you the current programmes available in all schools across our partnership.
Typically our trainees have a degree in a relevant subject, possibly have work experience (not necessarily linked to teaching or education), are motivated to teach and are truly enthusiastic about their future working within schools.
All applicants must hold a UK Degree (or equivalent with NARIC paperwork to support), preferably at a classification of Lower Second Class Honours or above.
We will of course consider applications from students in the last year of their studies; any offers made will be conditional based upon obtaining predicted degree classification.
We expect trainees to understand a little about how young people learn and understand something of the skills teachers need to be successful.
Trainees who have already achieved the standard qualifications required for teacher training will be at an advantage in the application process as they will be in a position to receive an unconditional offer. It is expected that potential trainees have already registered for and in some cases already sat their skills tests.
All trainees will be observed working with young people as part of the interview process and all interviews will be held in schools.
- GCSE – Applicants must hold a C grade or above in GCSE Maths and English.
These qualifications must be gained before entry to the training programme.
Applicants who have studied outside of the UK must check their qualifications with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) before making an application to confirm their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and undergraduate degrees.
Professional Skills Tests
All applicants must successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy skills tests before entry onto the training programme.
Whilst we will interview applicants who are yet to complete the tests we may set deadlines for completion following a successful interview.
Information regarding this can be found at:
Applicants must have at least 10 days mainstream school experience (including in a voluntary capacity).
The Downland Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. On acceptance to the programme you will need to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions. All trainees must undertake an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding suitability to work with young people and a fitness to teach before commencing training.
Fees and financial support
There are government bursaries available based on your class of degree and training specialism. Trainees can also apply for student loans to support them. Our tuition fees are based on the standard university rate. Trainees will receive both Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE.
Further information on the UCAS application can be found here.