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.
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.
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.