Young people are at the heart of education

Selection Criteria


On entry to their teacher training course applicants are required to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification.

This must normally be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. As a guideline we would expect to see that at least 50% of your first degree is directly relevant to the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.

On your application form, give us the details of what you’ve studied at degree level and make a case for why it’s relevant. We aim to look sympathetically at each application but you need to be aware that subject knowledge is an increasingly important element in the assessment of trainee teachers.

Although you will have the chance to improve and, perhaps, update your subject knowledge, the course is not designed to teach the subject itself – it is designed to teach you how to teach it.


We do require you to hold passes in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above, or standard equivalence to C grade/ grade 4 test. Please note that neither key and functional skills tests nor English Literature at GCSE are equivalent.

For secondary applicants, we can consider you if you do not have these GCSE qualifications at the time you apply, but you must obtain them before the course starts.

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach

We will only ask questions about health 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. You are welcome to discuss any requirements with us at any time.

Equal Opportunity

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.

Disclose and Barring Service (DBS)

Landau Forte College Derby is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people, and we expect everyone who works in our College to share this commitment.

All providers have regard to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ when carrying out duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Providers have a duty to ensure that all trainees have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks including a check of the children’s barred list.

Other background checks

Trainees from overseas who teach in schools in England are subject to criminal record checks, including a check of the children’s barred list. As a provider or employer, we have a duty to check that candidates are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State and/or are not prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA).


Please note that we do not accept requests for deferred applications. Anyone who wishes to apply for an ITE course should do so in the year prior to entry.


What We Are Looking For

A desire to teach and work with young people

A genuine interest in young people and a passion for their development and well-being are key.

We are looking for candidates to demonstrate that they understand that young people are at the heart of education.

We want them to be as passionate about closing the attainment gap as we are.

Effective communication skills

All teachers need to be able to communicate well. But don’t worry – we won’t expect you to arrive on day one fully confident in addressing large groups of people!

During the year you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make and you’ll get lots of practical support from us.

A commitment to give your best, to be your best

Yes, we do 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. We monitor workload so no one should ever feel overwhelmed and we make sure you are given the skills to manage your time and organise your day.

Determination to succeed

Success rates on our programme is high. It isn’t because the course is easy! It is because of the high calibre of the trainees on the course, the programme itself and the mentors in the partnership schools.

If we offer you a place on the course, we’ll be committed to helping you make a success of it.

A readiness to listen, share and learn

Teaching is about working with others – students, colleagues, parents and carers. By working in our schools we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other students and with our teachers.

We think this is the best way of learning to teach effectively.

A flexible approach to learning and teaching

We are looking for trainees with a can-do attitude who are enthusiastic about their subject and are keen to embrace the full range of opportunities which are available to them in a career in teaching.

We are looking for people who can demonstrate that they are prepared to learn and to develop themselves into reflective, effective practitioners.

You need to be open to new ideas, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. Most of all, you should see this programme as the first step in a lifelong journey to discover learning.

You also need to be organised and independent. By the end of the year you will be taking responsibility for other people’s learning as well as your own.

How We Select Our Trainees


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.

After the course

Most of the trainees who train at Landau Forte SCITT go on to teach in the local area and many gain posts in the schools in which they have completed their training.

The PGCE with Master’s level credits means that trainees can continue their learning journey with a MA in Education with our partner, Derby University or another HEI.