Primary - School Direct Training Programmes

Apply for Post Graduate Initial Teacher Training via UCAS

Apply 1 is the first stage in the application process for postgraduate teacher training in England and Wales.


Find advice on applying for training programmes through UCAS. Please click on the link to UCAS below for further information.


In Apply 1, you can make up to three choices.

•Competition for places can be strong, so think about how’s best to use your choices.

•You don’t have to use all three, but if you do, you have to make them at the same time – you can’t add them at a later date.

•There’s no restriction to your three choices – you can choose from any route, subject or age group, in any combination.

•To apply for a place on our School Direct Training Programme, you make your application to St. John’s CE Primary School (Provider Code: 15D) which is the School Direct lead school. School Direct works with a partnership of schools, so you may train in one of our partner schools rather than the lead school. A list of our partner schools is shown on our website.

•The training programme search tool will allow you to differentiate your search, so you can search for a particular route, e.g. School Direct or by Provider postcode, e.g. IG9 5RX


What happens next?


Once UCAS have received your application, they will send you a welcome email.

•This will contain your Personal ID and username for their online system Track, where you can follow the progress of your application.

•Your application will be sent to your chosen training providers online, normally within 24 hours.

•In Apply 1, your application will be sent to all your chosen providers to be considered at the same time.

• After you have submitted your application, and received your UCAS Teacher Training application welcome letter, you’ll need to book your professional skills tests with learndirect. In England, you need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.


One key thing to note is that you do not have to reply until you have received all your offers. When you do have all your offers, you’ll have ten working days to reply – this must be done in Track.

To find our list of training programmes, please use the following lead school provider and course codes:

St. John's CE Primary School - 15D

School Direct salaried course code - 32QK

School Direct (unsalaried) course code - 32QJ

It is essential that all applicants make contact with West Essex SCITT/St. John’s CE Primary School to arrange a visit to ensure that this route is the right one for you. 

School experience is recommended, therefore if you have not done so already, we suggest you make contact with a local school or indeed one of our partner schools to spend some time in a primary setting before you apply. St. John’s CE Primary School is a member of the School Experience Programme. Please click on the link below for more information.

Get in to Teaching - School Experience Programme


An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) is required for entry to Initial Teacher Training. We ask applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Entry requirements

To qualify for this school centered route you must have English, Maths and Science GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4 or above and a degree of preferably a 1st or a 2:1, though no minimum is specified as we are willing to consider applicants who have a degree who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. You must have 2 references and you must have passed the English and Maths professional skills tests before a formal unconditional offer of a place on the training programmes is made.

How we select:

There are three parts to the selection process;

  • there will be an initial observation of a short teaching activity followed by a written task
  • successful candidates will be called back for a more formal interview
  • successful candidates will then visit partner schools in order to confirm their main placement school

Applicants who are successful at interview and have secured a placement in a partner school, are offered a conditional place on either the School Direct Training Programme salaried or the School Direct Training Programme (unsalaried). This offer is subject to the following criteria:

  • applicant must present original degree certificate and GCSE certificates (or equivalent) grade C/4 or above passes in English, Maths and Science
  • proof of ID and residency
  • satisfactory references
  • satisfactory health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • applicant must pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy

All overseas qualifications will need to be verified by NARIC.  For further information, please click on the link below:


Please find below links to other websites you may find useful:

DfE Get in to Teaching - Bursaries & Funding information

Student Loan Company

Student Finance

Student Finance Calculator

Please take a look at the Department of Education Skills Tests at

TES are also offering assistance with the Skills Test. Please click on the link below for more information:

You could also take a look at the Teachers Talk site for help with the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills tests

If you require further information, tutoring or support with passing your Skills Tests, please contact Susan Marbe on