Teaching School Alliance 24
Primary (3FML)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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

This is an intensive year, with two-thirds of the course based in partnership schools and the remainder in lectures, seminars and independent study. Inherent to this programme are the government's national priorities and we will give you support while thoroughly addressing these issues.

In line with government requirements, you will spend the majority of your course gaining experience in schools, where you will spend 24 weeks teaching under supervision. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. We will give you plenty of comprehensive feedback during this time, which will enable you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

You will benefit from experiencing school-based training in two different schools and age-phases. The first phase of school-based training runs simultaneously to the University-based programme, which ensures that teaching theory is effectively integrated with practice.

We believe in nurturing and facilitating your opportunities to discuss and critically evaluate effective teaching practices through small interactive seminar groups, which complement larger-group lectures.

All students are enrolled onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education but an alternative exit award, the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, which also includes QTS, is available if you do not achieve the masters-level elements of the postgraduate programme.

Interview process

If you have applied for a School Direct place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the Headteacher of one of our placement schools.

The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then to the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning.

If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which should take about 1.5 hours.

If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.

How school placements work

On the School Direct route, you have applied to train at a specific school and, following interview, have been offered and accepted a place at that school. You therefore know where your first school will be, unlike those on the PGCE route. We aim to match you to a school based on your preference but can't always guarantee. We will work with you to find a school that suits you.

You will start at your school in early October and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You'll stay at this school the beginning of the Spring term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training days at university. You'll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you'll get out.

A couple of weeks into the Spring term, you will move to another school for your second placement which lasts for most of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.

If you have a child in a school in the partnership, we will discuss this with you and what the options are as it is not always possible to place you in a school where your child is at.

You will return to your host school for the first half of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.


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

The course fees for are as follows:

Student type Fees to pay

UK students £9,250

EU students £9,250

Please refer to the University of Brighton website for further details about fees.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

TSA24 does not offer any further financial support to that offered by DfE.



Applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.

• For primary, a degree in any subject.

• GCSE Maths and English - passed with a 'C' / 4

• For Primary, GCSE Science - passed with a 'C' / 4

• A pass in the professional skills tests

Please also check the entry requirements page on the University of Brighton website.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.

You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.

Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.

Other requirements

DBS checks will be carried out by the university for those on the School Direct tuition route.

About the training provider

Southwater Infant Academy is currently acting as the lead school for teacher training. We are working with local partner schools who are all committed to delivering the School Direct teacher training programme for graduates. Our placement schools in West Sussex cover a large geographical location including Crawley, Horsham, Burgess Hill and Hassocks

Our Partner schools range from small village schools to large Primary and are all committed to ensuring consistently good and better outcomes for all children.

We support trainees, with twilight trainings during their PGCE year which is in addition to the Brighton University programme. We offer an NQT programme for your first year of training followed by a RQT programme for the second year.

As a teaching school we have a wide range of CPD's that you can also access.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability, long-term health condition or a specific learning difficulty, the university will do everything they can to make sure you have equal opportunities to learn and take part in all aspects of student life.

They have a dedicated team who will support you, and facilities and equipment to help you make the most of university.

Contact details

07521 689793
Worthing Road
West Sussex
RH13 9JH


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: 2LS
  • Training programme code: 3FML

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
Arunside Primary School
Blackbridge Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RR
Yes 9
Baldwins Hill Primary School
Lowdells Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 2AP
Yes W
Castlewood Primary School
Castlewood Road, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9US
Yes 7
Glebe Primary School
Church Lane, Southwick, Brighton, West Sussex BN42 4GB
Yes 3
Halsford Park Primary School
Manor Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1LR
Yes E
Handcross Primary School
London Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6HB
Yes U
Harlands Primary School
Penland Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1PJ
Yes 2
Hassocks Infant School
Chancellors Park, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8EY
Yes H
Horley Infant School
101 Lumley Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 7JF
Yes 6
Langley Green Primary
Stagelands, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7PF
Yes L
Maidenbower Infant School
7 Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7RA
Yes I
Maidenbower Junior School
7 Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7RA
Yes M
Main Site
Worthing Road, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9JH
Yes -
Manor Green Primary School
Lady Margaret Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 0DU
Yes V
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School
Hare Lane, Langley Green, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7PZ
Yes J
Pound Hill Infant Academy
Crawley Lane, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7EB
Yes C
Pound Hill Junior School
Crawley Lane, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7EB
Yes Z
Sheddingdean Community Primary School
Petworth Drive, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 8JT
Yes B
Shelley Primary School
Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3LU
Yes 5
Southwater Junior Academy
Worthing Road, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9JH
Yes 4
St Augustine's CofE Primary School
Vicarage Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7PB
Yes R
St John's Catholic Primary School
Blackbridge Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RR
Yes F
St Margaret's CE Primary
The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 0AQ
Yes P
St Mary's CofE Primary School
Normandy, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1JL
Yes D
St Peter's CofE Primary School
Fabians Way, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9PU
Yes K
The Brook Primary School
Salterns Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7JE
Yes Q
The Gattons Infant School
Royal George Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9SL
Yes T
Trafalgar Community Infant School
Victory Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2JF
Yes Y
Upper Beeding Primary School
School Road, Upper Beeding, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3HY
Yes X
Warnham CE Primary School
Freeman Road, Warnham, West Sussex RH12 3RQ
Yes 8
Waterfield Primary School
Waterfield Gardens, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8RA
Yes A
West Green Primary
West Green Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7EL
Yes S

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