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All teacher training applications are made via Apply. You will submit your form with them and notifications of interview and offers will be sent through the  Apply portal. The Get into Teaching website has lots of useful information regarding application advice and has details of deadlines and opening dates. The Apply website is:

You can simplify your search and find details of our programmes by using our provider code 3C6

Student Finance

Student Finance England is the organisation that arranges bursaries and special support grants for students in England. Eligible Welsh nationals/ residents should alternatively apply through Student Finance Wales and may receive additional grant funding.

To discover what you may be eligible for visit the student finance website and use the calculator tool. The calculator is particularly useful for working out whether you are entitled to a particular loan, a Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Disabled Students’ Allowances etc.

Observational Visits

We know how important it is to gain observational experience within schools. Generally, we offer one day of observation in the first instance. Our Information Events will now be held as online events followed by an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions.  Please visit our Events & Opportunities page for more information and to book your free place.


Candidates for Initial Teacher Training programmes in secondary Physics, Maths, Computing and Chemistry may be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarships are available for non-salaried programmes only and can be applied for directly with the awarding institution:

Please check the requirements with individual awarding institutions and remember that high-level salaries and bursaries are available if you are not eligible for a scholarship.

All applicants for Initial Teacher Training must have a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, Maths and also in Science for primary programmes. If you do not have one or any of these qualifications (or a recognised equivalent) you will need to book an Equivalency Test. Please note that if you have applied for a statement of comparability from ECCTIS ( was NARIC) you are not required to apply for an Equivalency Test, unless the qualification is not recognised as equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

There are different options and providers available and you are welcome to arrange this yourself with your chosen provider, or seek guidance from ourselves.

ECCTIS ( formerly NARIC)

The National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the UK, UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from all over the world. As the National Agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, under contract to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), we provide the only official source of information on international education and training systems and wide-ranging international qualifications and skills attained from outside the UK.

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We ask that anyone applying to an EAST SCITT programme who holds overseas qualifications contacts ECCTIS for a statement of comparability. This should be done in advance of the interview and must be done before an unconditional offer can be made. ECCTIS will confirm that the level of the qualification studied meets a number or criteria regarding comparability to the public examinations taken at GCSE level and studies at UK undergraduate degree level. 

Please note that there is a charge per standard application, but multiple qualifications can be made on one application and therefore most applicants need only apply once. 

For more information and to visit their website click here.

Professional Skills Tests

The professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy are no longer an entry requirement to teacher training programmes.  Candidates will still be required to have suitable literacy and numeracy skills.