At Kingsbridge, we will help you to achieve your ambition of becoming a teacher. We have an outstanding track record and a 100 per cent employment rate.
The minimum academic qualifications* required for our programme are:
|Typically 2.2 or higher degree.||Typically 2.2 or higher degree in a subject where at least 50% of study is in the National Curriculum subject you intend to teach.|
|GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English and mathematics plus science is required.||GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English and mathematics is required.|
Original certificates for your degree and GCSE subjects or equivalents, will need to be brought with you to the interview. If you are in your final year of study, please enter a predicted grade.
*If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees.
It would be helpful if you have recent experience with children and learners to confirm your career choice, but this is not a prerequisite before applying to Kingsbridge Teacher Training. We look for the potential to train to teach, for example excellent communication skills, team work, responding to feedback and flexibility. every lesson shapes a life through Kingsbridge Teacher Training.
All candidates will be required to complete Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to starting the programme. This is a legal requirement. When you’re ready, you’ll need to book your tests with learndirect. The first three attempts are free and candidates will then need to pay thereafter. There is no longer a cap on the number of times the Professional Skills Tests need to be taken.
Before being accepted onto the course, all trainee teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire if you are offered a place on our training course.
SELECTION PROCESS / INTERVIEW
We are looking for people who have the determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others. To be a successful trainee with us, you will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Our assessments are typically half a day and will be based in one of the partnership schools. You will complete a number of tasks during the day which may include:
| A formal interview | A group presentation task and discussion | A written task | A short teaching activity | An unseen task |
The interview panel will usually consist of a representative from one of our partner schools and Kingsbridge Teacher Training.
The assessments will consider your:
- Quality of subject knowledge
- Ability to communicate effectively and explain difficult concepts
- Capacity to establish effective relationships inside and outside the classroom
- Passion and drive to deliver the highest quality of educational standards
- Commitment to develop as an educator of character
- Suitability to train to teach and to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of training
- Flexibility to adapt to change and ability to think instantaneously
- Resilience and your ability to commit to tasks
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer. You will not be permitted to begin your training without being in possession of an enhanced DBS with barred list check. We will arrange for you to apply for this check when you have been offered a place on one of our courses.
NEED SOME ADDITIONAL HELP?
If you do not have the GCSE grades you need to follow a particular training course, don't worry. You can still get a place at Kingsbridge by completing an Equivalency Test.
You can do this at lots of different places. Go to: www.equivalencytesting.co.uk to find out more.
If you choose this route, any offer of a place at Kingsbridge will be conditional to you achieving your Equivalency Test.
Don't have a degree in the secondary subject that you wish to teach? We can also offer Subject Knowledge Enhancements courses for applicants who meet the criteria.
Keep a look out on our page for our 2019-20 information events. At these events you will hear about all the teaching training options available through our programme, our entry criteria and the generous bursaries you can apply for to support you during your training year. Refreshments will be provided and you will have plenty of time to speak to our team, who will be happy to offer advice and answer any questions you might have.