Burnt Mill Academy
Geography (35ZB)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of East London
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

School Direct is a teacher training route where your training is based in a school. The school will work in partnership with a university (UEL) where you will study and attend lectures and seminars.

School Direct is an initial teacher training programme that provides a blend of online learning and in-school experience leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

You’ll train in at least two schools, and you'll also be taught by the university and the teaching school leading.This programme offers a combination of classroom teaching and practical learning.

You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and 20% of your time is allocated to off-the-job training as you work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Training programmes last one year full-time, in line with the term dates of the teaching school.

If you’re successful in your training, you might get a job in one of the schools in the partnership.

Interview process

The content of the interview day will include; teaching a short lesson, an individual interview and a short literacy and numeracy skills test.

The interview panel will include a senior member of the teaching school team and a member of SLT or the Headteacher from a partner school and/ or a member of the University team.

On interview you’ll be asked about your experience of working with young people, your commitment to teaching and your relevant knowledge and skills. The aim of the day is for you and the interviewers to find out whether teaching is right for you.

If you are successful at our teaching school interview day you will be recommended to UEL for a further interview.

How school placements work

These places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees will be eligible for student finance and funding.

Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers.

Trainees will be based at UEL for the first 3/4 weeks of the course, and will then start the schools based placement (4 days p/w), while attending UEL for weekly lectures (1 day p/w)

A successful applicant would train in any of our partnership schools dependent on the school’s recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools.

KS3/4 placement schools

Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow, Essex

Forest Hall School, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

The Royal Docks Academy, Custom House, Newham, London

KS3/5 placement schools

BMAT STEM Academy, Harlow, Essex

Epping St Johns, Epping, Essex

Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow, Essex (Opening 2019)


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

The tuition fees for 2018 UK/EU students are typically:

Full-time: £9,250 per year

Financial support

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 Geography 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

DfE bursaries are available for Geography trainees



For postgraduate teacher training, you’ll need a Honours Degree

GCSE grade C or 4 in English and Maths

Pass skills test (literacy and numeracy)

Personal qualities

  • The ability to develop relationships with students
  • Patient, caring, and kind personality
  • Knowledge of learners
  • Dedication to teaching & learning
  • Engaging

Other requirements

Relevant working with young people is desirable

All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks

About the training provider

With Burnt Mill Academy graded as Outstanding by Ofsted, BMAT is a designated teaching school. The Teaching School works with the West Essex Teaching School Alliance

The school has three elements it works on – Initial Teacher Training, Continued Professional Leadership and Development and School to School support – as required by the Department for Education.

Donna Walsh, Director of BMAT Teaching School, says: “Teaching school status gives Outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school to school support”. “Of the 800 teaching schools in the UK, the BMAT Teaching School is the only one in Harlow.” We are excited about the future of teacher training at BMAT!

A successful applicant would train in any of our partnership schools dependent on the school’s recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools. Our schools are located in Essex (Harlow, Epping and Stansted Mountfitchet) and in London (Custom House, Newham)

About the accredited body

UEL is one London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.

The Cass School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Disability and Dyslexia Service at UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs), including dyslexia.

If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can access your course and reach your potential.

Appointments can be made via the student Hub at both the Docklands and Stratford Campuses in person, on the phone (020 8223 4444) or by email (thehub@uel.ac.uk).

Contact details

First Avenue
CM20 2NR


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: 2GY
  • Training programme code: 35ZB

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
Main Site
First Avenue, Harlow CM20 2NR
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