You need to have a pass in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade 4/C or above, or have a certification in a standard equivalent to grade 4/C at GCSE. We will look for additional evidence of breadth of knowledge and understanding in applicants who have key and functional skills certificates but do not have GCSE grade 4.
Applicants need a UK degree or equivalent qualification, which will be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline, at least 50% of your first degree should be directly relevant to the subject you want to teach.
We do not offer Equivalency Testing for GCSE but if an equivalency test is required, we can recommend the following providers:
We expect you to love the subject you want to teach and display that interest by keeping up to date in it.
A genuine interest in young people and a passion for their development and well-being are key. We expect you to be resilient, work hard and be committed, but the work will be rewarding. Teaching is a job where you can really make a difference to young people’s lives and improve their future life chances. Teaching is about working with others – pupils, colleagues, parents and carers. By working in our schools we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with our teachers.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All trainees will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check including a check of the children’s barred list.
Fees and financial support
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250 for QTS with PGCE.
It is important to take the time and care over your application to us. Whilst previous school experience is not required, we would expect you to show a passion for your subject, especially if you are applying for a subject which is not related to your degree discipline. Once you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the assessment process either online or face to face at our SCITT hub in Derby or at one of our partnership schools (COVID permitting).
We ask candidates to teach a short 15 minute lesson in your subject to a small group of students. An interview with a small panel will include some general teaching and subject specific questions which allows you to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for your subject and why you have decided to become a teacher. We want to get to know the person behind the application. You will also be expected to complete a number of other subject related tasks; a subject knowledge audit so we can review your level of subject knowledge prior to the course, a subject GCSE exam question, a literacy task based on a piece of reflective writing and a maths challenge.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Landau Forte College Derby has full disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.
We will only ask questions about health that are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach. We have a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of trainees with special requirements and disabilities. Please discuss any requirements with us at any time.
As a training provider we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to fairness and equality of opportunity to all candidates and are committed to the principle that every member of the college community is entitled to equal opportunities irrespective of age, disability, race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.