How to Apply
Teach Kent and Sussex

How to Apply

What we look for:

Essential requirements:

The Teach Kent & Sussex SCITT teacher training programme is a postgraduate programme. To be  considered as an applicant you need to have:

  • An honours degree certificate (normally a minimum class 2:2) from a UK Higher Education Institution.
  • You will also require GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C/4 or above certificates in English and Maths. For primary applicants you will also require a grade C/4 or above in a Science GCSE (or equivalent). Certificates will be required at interview (replacement certificates can be requested from the examination boards for any lost/stolen certificates)
  • If your degree is not in the subject in which you train to teach, an A Level in a related subject is normally required
  • Two academic or professional references. If your most recent employer is in an education setting one of the referees must be from the headteacher/lead of that setting.

We accept applications from candidates who are currently studying for any of the above qualifications. However any offers made would be conditional on achieving the required grade. We may also be able to offer subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses to those whose degree is not directly applicable to the subject they wish to teach. Our main partner for SKE courses is the University of Sussex.

Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational health check. Further information regarding this process will be provided once an offer has been made.

What we look for in your application form:

In addition to the above we look carefully through your application form for evidence that you:

  • Are passionate, enthusiastic and committed to the subject/primary phase you wish to teach.
  • Have a positive outlook – you share our belief that education can be transformational and that teachers make a difference.
  • Are determined to work hard; that you can reflect and learn from challenges.
  • Can reflect upon what you learnt from any experience you have had of working with or observing young people in any educational or voluntary setting.

We are always happy to arrange School Experience visits prior to your application.  Do contact Hilary Sutton [email protected] to arrange a visit to one of our partner schools.

Overseas applicants:

Those with overseas qualifications who wish to train to be a qualified teacher in the UK are welcome to apply. You will need to meet a certain academic criteria set by the UK government.

In order to proceed with your application we ask that anyone applying to Teach Kent &  Sussex who holds overseas qualifications contacts NARIC for a statement of comparability. This should be done in advance of interview and must be done before an offer can be made. NARIC will confirm that the level of the qualification studied is comparible to the public examinations taken at GCSE level and studies at UK undergraduate degree level.

Please note that there is a charge per standard application, but multiple qualifications can be made on one application and therefore most applicants need only apply once.

How to make an application:

If you now feel you are ready to inspire the next generation of young people by teaching you can apply to train with Teach Kent & Sussex via the UCAS website UCAS Teacher Training Apply and Track. UCAS have plenty of resources to help you with this as does the ‘Get into teaching’ website:

UCAS How To Apply

UCAS Teacher Training Apply and Track.


You can apply directly to us as Teach Kent & Sussex SCITT for primary or secondary places or you apply directly to one of our lead partner schools. A number of our partner schools are amongst the highest achieving in the country:

  1. Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (Tunbridge Wells)
  2. Claremont Primary School (Tunbridge Wells),
  • Wealden Partnership based at Heathfield Community College who work in collaboration with Beacon Academy (Crowborough), Uckfield College and Uplands Community College (Wadhurst)

By applying either directly to Teach Kent & Sussex or direct to one of our lead partner schools you can still train in any one of our partner schools (Click Here to view our Partner Schools).