About the course
On the School Direct training programme you’ll graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Brighton and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This is an intensive year with two-thirds of the course based in our academies and the remainder in university-based lectures, seminars and independent study.
You’ll be placed in a host academy and attend university two days per week. In February you’ll join another academy for 4-6 weeks, then continue at your host academy for the remainder of the year.
You’ll either choose, or be assigned, a host academy where you’ll gain most of your experience and training. Over the year you will also spend time in another academy within the Trust. We believe this will help you to develop as a teacher, by broadening your experience of how different academies work.
The Chemistry programme is offered in two of our secondary academies, the Hastings Academy and the St Leonards Academy. They opened in September 2011, replacing three under-performing secondary schools in the town. The two academies are now over-subscribed, educating over 60% of secondary-aged pupils in Hastings.
Both have benefitted from a two-year £2.6 million upgrade to their ICT facilities. This has been carried out as part of a £30 million investment programme which has delivered new or substantially refurbished academy buildings and facilities, enabling us to introduce state-of-the-art technology and teaching solutions.
Each academy hosts a dedicated special educational needs facility. At The Hastings Academy there is support for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties, while The St Leonards Academy supports pupils with high-level physical needs or autism.
In your academy you’ll have a mentor who will meet with you every week to look at where you’re making progress and to set personalised targets for your development.
You will receive a thorough induction programme which includes shadowing pupils in order to give you the best preparation for you to begin your teaching journey. Following your induction you will work alongside teachers, often team teaching, in order to get to know your pupils and the subject matter well enough to then take over the classes fully.
By training with the University of Brighton Academies Trust you’ll also benefit from networking opportunities with trainees based at our other academies, and when your training is complete our continuing professional development (CPD) programme will help you to enhance your skills as your teaching career develops.
Once we’ve assessed your application, we’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to attend an interview in person at the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus.
The interview will include a number of structured activities aimed at allowing you to show your potential.
If your interview at the university is successful, we’ll invite you to attend a further interview at the academy to which you are applying . This will include a pre-planned teaching activity, together with an interview with a member of the academy’s Leadership Team and the appropriate Subject Leader.
How school placements work
Candidates can indicate their preferred academy and this will be met where possible. Your host academy will be confirmed before the programme starts, so that you can arrange accommodation in advance.
You will be teaching students aged 11 to 16.
There are three secondary academies in the University of Brighton Academies Trust; two of them (The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy) offer the Chemistry School Direct programme.
The majority of your school placement will be in your host academy. In February you’ll join another academy for 4-6 weeks, then continue at your host academy for the remainder of the year.
You will normally attend university based sessions for two days a week; the rest of the time is spent on school placement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
The School Direct training programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.
Further information is available here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx#fees
An honours degree in a relevant subject.
Minimum grade C in English language and mathematics. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.
The Professional Skills Tests are compulsory, and it will not be possible to enter training without having successfully completed them. You can book these tests in advance, and the Department for Education strongly advises you to take the tests soon after you have submitted an application.
You will need a realistic awareness of the teaching profession with the capacity to thrive in a demanding and fast moving environment. It is our expectation that candidates will have a minimum of 20 days of school based experience. When applying, please use your personal statement to illustrate this.
About the training provider
The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a network of 15 academies in Sussex all supporting each other – and our pupils – to excel.
We believe that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton's contribution, we want to ensure that our 7,500 pupils are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning.
School Direct is a year-long postgraduate teacher training programme. Trainees spend more time in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence-boosting experience.
Based in one of our academies in Sussex you’ll benefit from a tailored training programme, with personalised support from highly experienced teachers and tutors. You’ll also attend training sessions at the University of Brighton, rated by Ofsted as an outstanding provider of initial teacher training.
We hope that once your training is complete, you’ll decide to continue your teaching career with us. With three large secondary schools, primaries with a range of specialisms from a forest school to expanding infant provision, we’re confident that there will be an opportunity to suit you and your career aspirations.
About the accredited body
Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Brighton. You will be mentored by the university’s successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.
The University of Brighton is judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted for its primary and secondary Initial Teacher Training provision.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our academies are highly inclusive, and we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. We are a Disability Confident Committed employer.
Almost all of our academies are fully accessible.
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:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Edinburgh Campus,, Edinburgh Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN38 8HH
The Hastings Academy
Rye ROad, Hastings TN35 5DN
The St Leonards Academy
Edinburgh Road, St Leonards on Sea TN38 8HH
Support and advice
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