Canterbury Teaching Alliance
Primary (3DJS)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

School Direct Primary:

The Primary School Direct teacher training programme allows student teachers to train on the job in a supportive and well-organised environment. We pride ourselves on our personalised professional development programme which will enable you to develop your strengths as a leader in the classroom.

We work together with Christchurch University to offer Qualified Teacher Status with the option of PGCE qualification (Post Graduate Certificate of Education).

You will spend the majority of your time at your host school. A contrasting primary school placement will be organised for a 6 week period and a further 5 days in a prior or post key stage setting (early years or KS3 secondary) as well as 15 study days at Christchurch University.

Interview process

Potential applicants should apply through UCAS from October 2019.

Interviews will be held at the host school for the post of School Direct Primary.

How school placements work

Your main base school will be your host school where you will spend the majority of your time training on the job.

A 6 week alternative school placement will be organised for you during your training year. This is to provide a contrast to your experience so far at your host school. You will also complete 5 days in a school to aid your knowledge of the next key stage and can also be organised by the school.

As we work with a range of schools in our partnership, it is very easy to organise a placement for you in a contrasting environment.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

This fee is based on the figure for 2019-2020 and will be updated once the information for 2020-2021 has been released. Bursaries are available subject to eligibility.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You will need the following:

Hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification.

A standard equivalent to a grace C/4 or above in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.

A standard equivalent to a grade C/4 or above in a GCSE science subject examination if you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 (Early Years and Primary).

Pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.

About the training provider

Canterbury Teaching Alliance is working with Christchurch University to offer teacher training through the School Direct training programme. You can train as a secondary or primary teacher to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and there is an opportunity to complete a PGCE.

School Direct is a hands on, practical school based training programme which allows student teachers to work in their school from day 1. This ensures that you are able to work through an entire school year in your school and really feel part of the learning community.

We pride ourselves on offering superb support and training opportunities including individual subject and professional mentors, flexible time to manage workload, a range of schools for contrasting placements and high quality continued professional development.

We look forward to receiving your application through UCAS for 2019.

About the accredited body

We are pleased to be working with Canterbury Christchurch University to provide high quality training for student teachers. If you are accepted onto a School Direct course, you will have 15 days over the year at Christchurch University to allow you meet a range of other student teachers, access their educational facilities (such as libraries) and have a dedicated subject mentor for study days.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all aspiring student teachers and will support all individuals in their training needs.

Contact details

Canterbury Teaching Alliance
Old Dover Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1FO
  • Training programme code: 3DJS

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Bridge and Patrixbourne CE Primary School
Conyngham Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT45JX
Yes P
Hampton Primary School
Fitzgerald Avenue, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 8NB
Yes H
Hoath Primary School
School Lane, Hoath, Canterbury CT3 4LA
Yes O
Littlebourne Church of England Primary School
Church Road, Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent CT3 1XS
Yes L
Wickhambreaux C.E. Primary School
The Street, Canterbury CT3 1RN
Yes W
Wincheap Foundation Primary School
Hollow Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3WD
Yes G

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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