We welcome applications from candidates in both Apply 1 and Apply 2. On occasions we may require you to transfer your application to Apply 2 in order for us to offer you a place with one of our partnership clusters. Should this be the case, we will support you in the process. It is not onerous, but we are aware that many applicants welcome our reassurance.

Applicants need to provide details of two referees; UCAS Teacher Training obtains each reference as part of the application process. If you are still at university, or gained a degree within the last five years.

– One reference must be from someone at your university who can comment on your academic ability and potential as a teacher.

– The other reference can be from someone who knows you from work or can comment on your character and potential to be a teacher.

If you left university more than five years ago, you can choose two referees who know you from work or can comment on how suitable you are for teaching. You can still use an academic referee if you think it is suitable.

Once the application has been received and processed by UCASTT, it is made available online for training providers to consider.

Fraudulent Applications

All applications are checked against the UCASTT database for fraud, and personal statements are vetted through their similarity detection device.  If you omit any compulsory information we reserve the right to withdraw or amend our offer.

An Enhanced Disclosure Check is required for entry into initial teacher education and training.  UCASTT asks applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the UK Disclosure and Barring Service.  The application also requires applicants to disclose any spent or unspent convictions or any past criminal activities.

Please click here to go to the UCAS Teacher Training website for more information on applying.

Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UCASTT).

How To Apply

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education offers places through, School Direct and Provider-led routes in partnership with over 80 local primary and special  schools and Keele University.  Course applications need to go through the UCAS site, please follow this link.  You can then search for ‘Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education.’ Please note that you need only apply to us once, you do not need to use all three of your choices applying to us through different Teaching Schools. If you are unsure contact us and we will advise you.

Once we receive your application, we will read and review it carefully to assure ourselves that you meet our entry requirements (have a look at the information on the Entry conditions page) and that your personal statement illustrates that you share our passion and commitment to the transformative power of primary education.  We recommend that you read and consider our ‘what are we looking for’ tab.

If you are successful, we will then invite you for an interview afternoon in one of our partnership schools.   We will be able to support you with transport needs or advise you of the route to your school.  Our partner schools are all within easy travel distance.

We will let you know whether or not we are in a position to offer you a place very promptly following your interview day.  You will then have some time to make your choice as to which provider you feel best suits you. Of course we hope that it is us!

Can we remind you that early application is desirable.  UCAS Teacher Training opens in October and allows applicants to choose up to 3 training programmes at a time. Once applications are processed and received Training providers will have 40 working days to decide if they want to interview a candidate and offer them a place post interview or to decide if an applicant is unsuccessful.  Successful applicants then have 10 working days from when they have heard from their final provider in which to accept or reject an offers of a places.  Please check the UCAS website for updates to this information and the application process.

Entry Conditions

  • Achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent);
  • The relevance of an Honours degree content and /or A Levels to the chosen specialist subject(s) see below also;
  • Passes at GCSE in English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). Please note: although the Department for Education minimum requirement is a grade C at GCSE, we will generally be looking for applicants with a grade B or above in  English Language. Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not an acceptable equivalence to the GCSE requirement for teacher education. To find out more about equivalent qualifications please read this document Equivalency-Guidance.
  • If you do not yet have a GCSE Grade C or above or recognised equivalence, then we can, in appropriate circumstances recognise the Maths English and Science qualifications offered by http://www.equivalencytesting.com/. Please contact us before making some arrangements. Please do ensure that you are sitting a paper that enables you to achieve at least a Grade C.  Not all providers will accept this equivalency test.
  • Selection based on the information provided on the UCAS application and on a successful interview (which is conducted within a partnership school);
  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory;
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT;
  • Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy (these are a pre-entry requirement).

In respect of applicants from outside the United Kingdom, a NARIC verification will inform the judgement as to the suitability of the degree.

As specialist pathways in Early Years, English and the Connected Curriculum, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Geography and History, PE and Science are offered, there is an expectation that candidates will have relevant prior study and attainment in at least one of these subjects/areas. This will relate to either a related A level, and element of your degree or appropriate prior experience in relation to your specialism.

Prior School-Based Experience.

If you are applying for either our Primary programme or Primary Pedagogy and SEND programme, prior school experience is not required.   However, if you would like any help in applying for our programmes please do get in touch with us.   Our Back to School and insight days may provide you with an opportunity to see if teaching is for you.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English then you must have IELTS 7.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test or equivalent.

What We Are Looking For?

We are looking for applicants who have a passion about primary education and the transformative role that it has in improving children’s lives.  Our programme foregrounds the aims and principles of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. Like them, we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum that foregrounds:

  • equity, both social and educational;
  • empowerment of children and teachers;
  • expertise in childhood, pedagogy (learning, teaching, curriculum, assessment) and leadership;
  • excellence in learning and teaching.

Some of our trainees had this to say about the course…

"The course is great and really enjoyable. I certainly think that this course is for me. it is hard work but i feel as though all of the sessions have increased my effectiveness."


"The course has been exceptional in providing support for knowledge, skills and pastoral needs which enabled me to feel very confident in my teaching practice….and I know which aspects need to be developed next."


“The course is organised very well and all tutors have really good subject knowledge and are all approachable.”

How We Select

Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education co-ordinates recruitment across our partnership of primary schools in Stoke, Staffordshire and east Cheshire.  Initially we review your UCAS Teacher Training application to ensure that you meet our entry requirements and that your personal statement reflects the capabilities that we are looking for.  If your application meets these stringent criteria then you will then be invited for an interview.

This will take place in one of our partnership schools.  During this session you will hear more about our programme, be invited to teach a 15 minute learning sequence to a class and you will also be interviewed by a school-based and SCITT based colleague.

We recognise that this is a demanding process. It is one that involves considerable commitment from you.  Our experience suggests that this rigorous process enables us to best match applicants to the places available.  Ours is an intense, high quality programme and we need to both assure ourselves, and to give you the confidence, that you are best placed to make the most of the opportunities that we have on offer.

It might also be worth noting the UCAS advice about offers of places on a course, which is to wait until you have heard from all your providers before making any decisions.  This is to help you choose the provider that is best for you.  No provider should ask you to withdraw from your other choices or to make a decision before then.  There is helpful advice to be found at https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/apply-and-track/decisions-and-replies.


QTS Skills Tests

All applicants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) must pass the professional skills tests for prospective teachers (skills tests) before starting their course.  Applicants for Assessment Only (AO) programmes are required to have passed the skills tests before starting the AO route.

We will accept an application before you have passed the Skills Test but require you to have passed the tests before you start our programme.

Booking the skills tests

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre.

What they need to bring:

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.  (links to http://sta.education.gov.uk)

You also need to bring proof of their teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  •  a welcome letter from a teacher training organisation, such as UCAS Teacher Training Track or Teach First
  • email correspondence from a teacher training organisation, such as Teach First, confirming your application
  • correspondence from a school or training provider, confirming your application
  • a copy of a completed application form
  • confirmation of, or invitation to interview from, a teacher training organisation, training provider or school


The examples above are for general guidance; it is not an exhaustive list. All versions of evidence are permitted whether an original copy, photocopy or displayed on a mobile device. If you do not bring the appropriate evidence, you will be turned away, and you will lose your first free attempt at taking the skills tests.


For more information please visit: http://sta.education.gov.uk


To find out more please following these links;

The process for taking the professional skills tests

Book and pay for the professional skills tests

Booking a-skills test-15 tips for applicants


Please do prepare yourself carefully for these tests.  Don’t rush to take them, but do book them in good time.  There can sometimes be a waiting time for an available slot.  Should you find yourself in need of additional support please do contact us.  We are planning to offer preparation sessions for both English and mathematics early in the summer term to help to support successful applicants who have not yet sat and passed these tests.  If we have made you an offer we will be sending you details about this opportunity.