This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range, which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase (Please note that Imberhorne is the only school with a Sixth Form).
Two-thirds of your year will be spent teaching, under supervision, in schools. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time, enabling you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.
The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. There are two placements in two schools or colleges with the opportunity to visit further schools or colleges as part of the ‘Peer Observation’ programme.
The School of Education is excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching provision.
On the School Direct route, you have applied to train at a specific school and, following interview, have been offered and accepted a place at that school. You therefore know where your first school will be, unlike those on the PGCE route.
You will start at your school in mid-late September and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You’ll stay at this school until February half term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training days at university. You’ll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you’ll get out.
After February half term, you will move to another school for your short second placement which lasts for most of the second half of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school late in the Christmas term and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.
If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn’t be placed there, so please make this known early on.
You will return to your host school for the last week of the Spring term and the first half of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Downlands Community School
Dale Avenue , HASSOCKS , West Sussex , BN6 8LP
Depot Road, Horsham, RH13 5HR
St Oscar Romero Catholic High School
Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 5AF
Tanbridge House School
Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1SR
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
A good honours degree
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Please see equivalency.com
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.
You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.
Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.
DBS checks will be carried out by the university for those on the SD tuition route.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Please refer to the University of Brighton website for further details about fees.
Financial support from the training provider
The Millais Alliance does not offer any further financial support to that offered by DfE.
About the training provider
The Millais Alliance (TMA) is an excellent partnership to train and work in. Our vision is straightforward but powerful - ‘the highest standards of education and care’. We prepare our young people to be global citizens ready to take on the world.
We have a proven record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to the school community. We encourage our trainees to join in from Day 1. We have excellent in-school mentors who will support trainees in their training year and raise confidence in their classroom practice.
Our partnership of schools is led by Millais School, in the first cohort of designated Teaching Schools in 2011, and re-designated in 2015. We are an inspirational West Sussex partnership of 17 primary schools, 12 secondary schools and a Sixth Form College, many with Outstanding Ofsted ratings. The range of schools working together gives the opportunity to experience cross-phase observation in another of our Alliance schools regardless of the chosen phase being trained in.
Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and students are ambitious and confident. Many consistently out-perform their peers nationally and make significantly greater progress.
Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. They are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
If you have applied for a School Direct place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.
The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then mot the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning.
If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which will take two to three hours. You will be expected to:
teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you’ll be given information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the point they are at in that topic.
give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the Headteacher
complete a written task
If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our alliance schools will explore assistance options with disabled trainee teachers and seek specialist advice from relevant agencies on the equipment and support that can be made available. Any assessment of teachers’ needs within the school would closely involve the individuals, providing personalised support.
Some of our schools have older buildings where modern adjustments have not been possible, so any accessibility issues would be overcome through flexible timetabling in suitable classrooms near disabled facilities.
The Millais Alliance Depot Road Horsham West Sussex RH13 5HR
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).