Primary & Secondary Courses

We offer a wide range of courses for primary (age 5-11) and secondary (age 11-16 with post-16 enhancement).

As part of your course, you have the opportunity to study for a university-validated PGCE qualification. This is taught alongside your school placement through study sessions at our Teaching School Hub in Norwich. This qualification is gained in addition to Qualified Teacher Status

Apply for a pioneering fee-paying programme, with bursaries or scholarships of up to £26,000 for high-priority subjects.

Subjects

Primary general (389L)

As a primary teacher you play a vital role in a child’s life.

We believe strongly in ensuring that primary schooling tackles the effect of social disadvantage. We will train you to teach a knowledge-rich curriculum, introducing pupils to worlds they do not know and vocabulary that they may not get from home. You will build literacy rapidly through great literature, traditional tales and stories as well as fascinating knowledge about science, the natural world, the past, music and the arts.

Primary school teachers usually have one class of pupils to whom they teach all subjects. Reflecting this, we place a strong emphasis on building up your expertise across the national curriculum. You will have the chance to specialise in your second term, choosing mathematics, English, natural sciences, music, modern languages or humanities

On our course you will:

  • Learn how to manage a class and work with teaching assistants and support staff.
  • Some children face specific challenges: you will study these special educational needs in detail, and learn strategies that experienced teachers use to meet them.
  • Your school placements will give you the opportunity to teach, to observe, to practise, to experiment, and to innovate. 
  • Through ongoing discussion with your mentor you will reflect on your own practice, and identify the ways in which you need to develop, building a highly personalised programme in which you develop your teaching style, practice, and ideas in a bespoke way. 

Is there financial help?

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Primary with maths (389H)

Our Primary with Maths course is for those that are seeking to make maths their specialism from the outset. If you are interested in our Primary with Maths course, please use the following code when applying - (389H).

As a primary teacher you play a vital role in a child’s life.

We believe strongly in ensuring that primary schooling tackles the effect of social disadvantage. We will train you to teach a knowledge-rich curriculum, introducing pupils to worlds they do not know and vocabulary that they may not get from home. You will build literacy rapidly through great literature, traditional tales and stories as well as fascinating knowledge about science, the natural world, the past, music and the arts.

Primary school teachers usually have one class of pupils to whom they teach all subjects. Reflecting this, we place a strong emphasis on building up your expertise across the national curriculum. You will have the chance to specialise in your second term, choosing mathematics, English, natural sciences, music, modern languages or humanities

On our course you will:

  • Learn how to manage a class and work with teaching assistants and support staff.
  • Some children face specific challenges: you will study these special educational needs in detail, and learn strategies that experienced teachers use to meet them.
  • Your school placements will give you the opportunity to teach, to observe, to practise, to experiment, and to innovate. 
  • Through ongoing discussion with your mentor you will reflect on your own practice, and identify the ways in which you need to develop, building a highly personalised programme in which you develop your teaching style, practice, and ideas in a bespoke way. 

Is there financial help?

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

 

Secondary biology with science (T185)

Who is this course for?

This course is for candidates who have a degree with substantial science content. This degree should either have some biology content or candidates should possess a biology A-level (in this instance a biology subject knowledge enhancement course will be provided for successful candidates)

We welcome candidates at all stages of their working life. Support and training will be given throughout the course to refresh and strengthen subject knowledge.

What will I study? 

The course explores the relationship between each of the science disciplines in relation to developing a student’s deeper knowledge of biology. An example would be the similarities and differences between energy as a concept in biology, chemistry and physics. We will ensure trainees have relevant knowledge of the English and mathematics curriculum so they can be efficient and precise teachers of science.  We will teach you how to use the latest research into cognitive science to deliver lessons that maximise the progress of all students, including those from less advantaged backgrounds.

Human nature drives individuals to make sense of the world around them. It is this predisposition which underpins science as a discipline but also leads to non-scientists drawing their own conclusions from their everyday experiences. These inferences can become the bedrock of an individual’s understanding of the scientific principles that govern the world. During the course trainees learn to recognise when their students possess a commonly held misconception and how as a teacher they can address these issues. There is an emphasis on how this would structure the nature of science lessons and what progress in understanding ‘looks like’.

The course provides trainees with plentiful opportunities to develop the ability to lead whole-class practical work with confidence; and deliver memorable but purposeful demonstrations in purpose-built facilities.. The role of practical work is critically evaluated with particular attention given to the use of such activities as: memorable teaching moments;  inspirational science; and the development of the scientific way of thinking. 

How will I learn to teach biology well?

By joining this course you will join a collaborative professional educational community like no other. You will train alongside other chemistry trainees and be guided and supported by like-minded practitioners including your mentor and subject specialist leaders (SSLs), who have regional and national reputations in the field. You will be able to observe some of these professionals at work; to discuss with them the challenges and opportunities you experience; to learn from them and their various approaches to the discipline.

The mentors have extensive knowledge and experience of working with pupils and have taken an active, collaborative role in specifying the precise nature of the course you are following. You will have extensive opportunities to explore real examples of students' knowledge and understanding of the biology curriculum. These examples will form the threshold moments in your career development and enhance your developing expertise in interacting with students to maximise their knowledge of the subject. The exploration of these examples will happen through your own teaching and observation of others.

The course places a heavy emphasis on your ability to use your critical reflections of formal study and first-hand experience, experimenting with how this looks in practice and innovating to embed your own teaching style. Your personalised programme will give you the time to reflect and develop your understanding, with support from your mentor.

In addition to classroom practice, you will receive subject-based enhancement with curriculum experts who specialise in the practice of chemistry. You will explore the specific biology content you are expected to teach and work with your tutors to ensure you have the expected level of knowledge to teach each part of the curriculum. The course also includes the opportunity to  develop an understanding of the historical context of science teaching in the UK and evaluate these practices against a range of background research. You will use this evaluation to develop your own concepts of high-quality teaching.

Throughout the course you will develop the subject and professional knowledge to join the wider teaching community as an able practitioner, research-led, confident in practical work, and able to communicate sensitively with students from all walks of life. You will become an excellent teacher.

Is there financial help?

Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £10,000 to help fund the course.  You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the Get Into Teaching website.

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs - please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary chemistry with science (398Q)

This course is for chemists with a passion for developing a new generation of scientifically knowledgeable citizens.

Although we welcome candidates from a wide variety of experience, what should unite all candidates is chemical knowledge acquired from a scientific degree found on a minimum of 50% chemical science. The goal of our science curriculum is to enable pupils to become part of the international scientific community, and to teach them the required knowledge to leave school with an accurate understanding of science, helping them to make informed decisions in life.

The course provides you with plentiful opportunities to develop your ability to lead whole-class practical work with confidence, and deliver memorable, but purposeful, demonstrations in the classroom. You will observe regional and nationally renowned professions at work and discuss with them the challenges and opportunities you will experience. The course places emphasis on your ability to use your critical reflections of formal study and first-hand experience to innovate your own teaching style. 

Is there financial help?

Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £24,000 to help fund the course. You could also apply for a scholarship of £26,000. You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the Get Into Teaching website.

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs - please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary English (389T)

This course is for people who understand that a command of language and a knowledge of great literature are fundamental elements of every child’s education.

Literature enables our students to break out of the present and encounter the thoughts and struggles of different ages, and we as teachers are their guides into this fascinating world. Reflecting this, you will focus primarily on literature from the past which has had a significant ongoing influence. The course will aim to build broad knowledge while acknowledging that you will want to build your own areas of particular expertise. 

Our vision for English departments is that they should be composed of teachers with a strong overall grasp of both the literacy and the linguistic elements of the subject, alongside a deep understanding of particular topics. You will cover a thorough foundation in grammatical concepts, enabling you to bring them to life for your students, not as dey rules, but as a rich framework of ideas that shape meaning. 

Is there financial help?

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary geography (H857)

As a Geography teacher, you will be passionate about developing young people into global citizens with a rich knowledge of our ever-changing world. 

You will learn how to design and deliver a knowledge-rich Geography curriculum based on the most up-to-date, evidence-informed practice. You will learn the conceptual basis of the subject and how to build students’ knowledge of locations, places, human and physical processes and fieldwork. Throughout the course, you will understand how to embed key concepts like human-environment interactions, varying viewpoints and sustainability within your teaching. We believe in developing teachers who give students the highest quality geographical education, teaching powerful geographical knowledge which will allow them to take full part in salient contemporary debates and live lives with a greater understanding of the world.

Is there financial help?

Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £15,000 to help fund the course. You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the Get Into Teaching website.

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary history (389Y)

This course will make you confident in teaching a knowledge-rich history curriculum where pupils become fascinated by the stories of the past, curious about their complexity and secure in chronological frameworks.

You will teach pupils to navigate their way around the past, construct arguments and pose their own powerful questions. You will learn about how the conceptual structure of discipline - causation, change, continuity, similarity, and difference - can shape historical arguments. Throughout you will learn how to develop pupils’ literacy and language to ensure that they present their arguments cogently and succinctly in well-structured extended writing.

You will also learn how to assess the security of pupils’ historical knowledge, diagnosing specific gaps or problems with precision. Direct instruction is crucial in effective teaching where the teacher deliberately teaches the pupils rather than leaving it up to them to discover the answer. This is paired with diverse interpretations of the past, so that pupils learn how and why the past has been remembered differently and develop their own thoughtful conversations about how we understand it. 

Is there financial help?

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary maths (38B3)

As a mathematics teacher, you will be passionate about the value of maths for every individual, and believe in the mathematical potential of everyone.

You do not necessarily need to have a maths degree for the course, but you will need a degree in a subject that includes a significant amount of maths. Trainees explore how students learn maths most effectively and how students remember what they learn. You learn what this looks like in the classroom and what this means for pedagogy, enabling you to fully understand your expertise in maths and communicate it to others. 

There is an emphasis on understanding both the nature of maths and the mathematical knowledge which is essential to learn before tackling more challenging concepts. You will deepen your knowledge of maths, particularly by focusing on aspects of the subject that might not be your specialism. You will survey a range of educational research which will shape your teaching practice as you develop a better professional understanding of learning, reading and memory. 

Is there financial help?

Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £24,000 to help fund the course. You could also apply for a scholarship of £26,000. You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the Get Into Teaching website.

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs - please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary modern foreign languages (38B4)

You should have a belief in the emancipatory power of languages. As you will be teaching language at A-level standard by the end of your training, you will likely either be a nive speaker in the language or have studied to a degree level.

This course will develop you as a scholarly and able practitioner; a confident leading voice within the field. You will learn how to plan and sequence language learning in such a way that pupils rapidly enjoy confident control of grammatical structures, wide vocabulary, and colloquial idioms. With guided critical reflection and training in the professional practice you will learn how to teach Spanish and/or French well. 

You will have the opportunity to observe pioneering professionals at work and discuss with them the challenges and opportunities you experience. You will survey educational research which will shape your teaching practice, and learn about language acquisition and common misconceptions that pupils develop, how these can be predicted, and overcome

Is there financial help?

Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £15,000 to help fund the course. You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the Get Into Teaching website.

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

Secondary physics with science (38B6)

This course is for passionate physicists who are keen to empower young people in a society increasingly driven by science. You may have just finished at university, worked to some capacity in schools already, or spent time in industry and want to share your experience. 

The ability to think scientifically is necessary for pupils to fluently interpret the world and solve problems. Above all else, physics is a subject of great beauty, of simple patterns that lead to staggering outcomes. With a clear focus on cognitive psychology and knowledge-rich curriculum, you will develop a highly-effective teaching style. We want you centre stage, enthusing about physics, carefully selecting the key knowledge and using a variety of assessment techniques. 

We want to help you ensure that pupils not only understand physics but remember it for all time. YOu will learn to lead exciting class practical and demonstrations with precision, and be trained in a purpose-built lab before taking your skills to schools. You will complete the course ready to join the wider teaching and scientific community as an able practitioner, research-led and confident in practical work.

Is there financial help?

Fee-paying trainees will be eligible for a bursary of £24,000 to help fund the course. You could also apply for a scholarship of £26,000. You can find more information about funding and bursaries on the Get Into Teaching website.

You may be able to apply for a student loan to help pay your tuition fee or living costs - please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.