Get into teaching in three easy steps ......

Step 1:   Book now for the next School Experience Open Morning

In preparation for teaching, we recommend you get a taste for everyday life in a school.  Our network of schools run regular school experience days to ensure you get a hands-on insight to what your future career might entail.   Contact us today to book on a school experience day in a school of your choice. 

Step 2:   Make an application through UCAS

Applications for teacher training are made through UCAS.   We can support you in your next steps of this exciting career by helping with your application, subject knowledge enhancement, bursaries and practical tips.  Contact us if you need support.

Step 3:   Keep in touch and stay informed

Call us for support as we are here to help. You will also find information on the DfE Get into Teaching website.  The DfE site is essential reading to help with your UCAS application, the skills tests, salaries and bursaries.  The University of Worcester is the awarding body for a School Direct PGCE with QTS with Hereteach and the University of Worcester wesbite is also packed with information to support you.

A personal view of School Direct from School Direct Trainee Dr Mark Ratcliffe

A school-led training course gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice.

Why train with the Hereteach Alliance?

  • Hereteach guarantees you a job interview at the end of the course where there is a vacancy in your subject or phase
  • Hereteach School Direct placements mean you start the school year alongside other new colleagues.  You begin as a teacher, rather than a 'trainee'
  • Hereteach offers a variety of teaching experiences in high quality schools and departments or faculties
  • Hereteach has proven, high retention rates for both School Direct trainee teachers and NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers)
  • The Heretach training programme thrives on a collaborative, supportive relationship between our seventeen schools and University of Worcester



We offer a selection of subjects including:

  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Science – Biology; Chemistry; Physics
  • Psychology


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Entry Requirements

  • A 2.2 degree or above for all subjects (a third will be considered in extraordinary circumstances and will be reviewed on a case by case basis in conjunction with the University of Worcester)
  • GCSE Maths & English Language (grade C or above)
  • The University of Worcester is able to organise equivalency tests for candidates without these qualifications.
  • GCSE Science for primary applicants
  • Pre entry Professional Skills tests:
  • Literacy and NumeracyAll teacher training applicants need to take the numeracy and literacy skills test as part of the application process and ensure these have been passed before the start of the course.  The first attempt at taking the skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge.  Trainees can book up to two tests if required but will be expected to pay for these themselves.
  • Good organisational skill
  • Commitment
  • Energy and humour
  • Resilience
  • School Experience
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them. Ability to independently travel to schools within the Alliance
  • Ability to set and meet targets from initial interview and  training in collaboration with UW (SKE courses available in Maths, D&T, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, French, Geography and Physics)
  • Trainees have the opportunity to enhance subject knowledge and understanding through a pre-Sept course e.g. SKE in French, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology (Textiles and Food ), Geography and Maths.

There are two routes offered:

School Direct Training Programme

Graduates pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham but may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000, subject to criteria such as degree classification and subject. Attractive scholarships are also available for some shortage subjects in secondary.

School Direct (unsalaried)

The School Direct programme allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers. It gives schools the freedom to:

  • decide who they want to recruit and how
  • decide which subjects they want to train someone in
  • decide in which school phase (i.e. primary, secondary or middle-deemed) they want to train someone
  • employ the teachers they have trained in their school or in a school to which they are linked


School Direct is available in primary and secondary schools across England and courses generally last for 1 year. Trainee teachers who successfully complete a School Direct course will gain qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

This is an employment-based route available to graduates with at least three years’ work experience. It is financed at least partly by a training salary. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training is subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

School Direct (salaried)

For the current application Year (2019/2020) we have no vacancies for salaried places.

See the Department for Education’s website for information about the different routes into teaching:


All applications must be made via UCAS. Our places/courses on UCAS are listed under the name of ‘Hereteach Alliance’.