Apply to Train
The NCTSA has a number of places available for 2021-22 in Secondary subjects along with a range of Primary places. Please see our Vacancies section for full details.
To teach you need Initial Teacher Training (ITT) based at a university, school or college in the UK.
As a postgraduate: you can apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Click on the video link below for help and advice on completing the application:
Follow this guide for details on how to search and apply for our School Direct places:
Looking for our training programmes starting in September 2021? The application process for School Direct opens on 9th October for places commencing in September 2021.
Applications are made direct through UCAS by visiting http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training
You can find further information also at University websites:
Derby Secondary – https://www.derby.ac.uk/postgraduate/teacher-training-courses/pgce-secondary-school-direct/
Derby Primary – https://www.derby.ac.uk/postgraduate/teacher-training-courses/pgce-primary-school-direct/
Nottingham Primary – https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/education/pg/2018-19/school-direct-training-programme-primary
Nottingham Secondary – https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/education/pg/2018-19/school-direct-training-programme-secondary
The University’s Admissions Team will conduct an initial eligibility check, to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. Both the University and the school will then consider your application, and agree whether to invite you to interview. If you are selected for interview, you will be sent information about the course, about the school to which you have applied, and about the school-based interview, together with guidance on how to prepare. The interview will be conducted in a school, by staff from both the University and the school to which you have applied. The result of your application and interview will be communicated to you formally through the UCAS system.
The recruitment process will involve a half day spent at the school and will include a number of activities designed to assess your aptitude and potential as well as giving you a chance to familiarise yourself with the school and some of the key members of staff involved in the programme. The process will involve a welcome and introduction to the school, a tour of the school, a presentation followed by an observed student activity, a subject knowledge discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance about the nature of the presentation and observed student activity.
After the Interview
We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible after your interview. If you are given a conditional offer of a place on the School Direct course, you will receive a pack of information from the University describing the steps you should take next. The conditional offer will become unconditional when we have received your acceptance and all the necessary clearances and documentation.
We know this is a rigorous and thorough process designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. We and you need to be sure that teaching is for you!