We are looking for creative and enthusiastic individuals with long term aspirations to work with children and young adults and a commitment to inclusion for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for a place on one of our School Direct programmes you must have:

  • A minimum of 3 GCSEs A – C grades which must include English, Maths and Science
  • A minimum of 2:2 degree in a National Curriculum subject or a relevant applied discipline e.g. psychology, linguistics or physiology

If you don’t have GCSE English, Maths or Science at grade C or above, you can still apply but you will need to gain the qualifications before the course starts. If you are taking an equivalence test or a qualification we recommend that you check with the University of Cumbria Admissions Office that this will be accepted.

Similarly, if taking a course in English, Maths or Science at another University or College please check the acceptability of these courses with the University of Cumbria Admissions Office. Unfortunately Adult Literacy, Adult Numeracy or Application of Number are NOT accepted as equivalent to GCSE English or GCSE Maths.

The University of Cumbria Admissions Office can be contacted at educationadmissions@cumbria.ac.uk.

Relevant School Experience

Our School Direct Training Programmes are very competitive. Applicants should have a minimum of five days mainstream primary or specialist school (depending on route applying for) experience at the point of application and be able to demonstrate what they have learnt about teaching and learning in their application and at interview. We would then expect successful applicants to have a minimum of 10 days mainstream primary or specialist school (depending on route applied for) experience by the start of the course.

If you do not have the relevant experience of working children or young adults in either mainstream primary or specialist settings, it is recommended that you undertake a School Experience Placement in a relevant school (specialist or mainstream) before you apply.

Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests

In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.