Bohunt Education Trust English (2JFT)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Sussex
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The School Direct programme is a one-year, Postgraduate route into teaching that allows you to graduate with:

  • a wealth of classroom experience
  • a full PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)
  • Qualified Teacher Status.

The School Direct programme is open to domestic and international students. Please note Visa sponsorship is possible but not guaranteed for international candidates.

School Direct differs from University based PGCE in that you apply to the Teaching School through UCAS and you will be told which school you will be based in. This allows you to ensure you can organise travel arrangements, childcare and other commitments you may have alongside studying for the PGCE. You will still obtain a PGCE qualification at the end. In addition, because it is school based, it means you will be in school from day one; when staff return in September you join them at the staff INSET, which allows you to see how class teachers set out their lesson plans and routines for their new classes.

Your training is managed by Bohunt Education Trust (BET) and delivered in collaboration with our partner Universities. This ensures you have a trio of support: your school mentor, your BET professional tutor and the University link tutor.

Training comprises:

  • 15 days of Trust-based training where you travel to different schools within the Trust for various training themes
  • University days where you are often taught alongside their PGCE. Please be aware that each University has different set ups, lecture timetables and course end dates. If you are unsure about this and the travel commitment involved please ensure that, you ask about this on School Experience or at Interview.

School placements

You will spend the majority of the time, starting in September, at your main placement school, with training sessions delivered by Bohunt Education Trust schools and the partner University for your subject. University sessions differ between providers. Some have training every Friday, others blocks of a week or more. So please ask at Interview.

There is an expectation that you will attend the August/September INSET day(s) alongside school staff so please be advised to check the dates that you need to start when booking summer holidays. In addition there is an Induction date in July.

You will also have a second placement usually in February-March, before returning to your main placement school to finish your training. The School Direct programme gives you a much greater say in where your training is based. Whilst we can never guarantee a placement before interview, we can guarantee you will be placed within our partner schools and that the earlier you apply the more likely you are to be placed in a school of your choice.

Where there is limited vacancies – you list your three preferred schools within our alliance and you will be placed at one of these schools.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bohunt Education Trust (main site)
Bohunt School, Longmoor Road, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7NY
Bohunt School Horsham
Arun House, Hurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2DN
Bohunt School Liphook
Bohunt School, Longmoor Road, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7NY
Bohunt School Wokingham
Remount Drive, Arborfield, Reading, RG2 9GB
Bohunt School Worthing
65a Broadwater Road, Worthing , West Sussex, BN14 8AH
Priory School
Fawcett Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 0DL
Steyning Grammar School
Shooting field, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RX
The Costello School
Crossborough Hill, Basingstoke , Hampshire, RG21 4AL
The Petersfield School
Cranford Rd, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3LU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high quality candidates who are ambitious, creative, confident, dynamic and forward thinking. Ideal candidates are team players with good presentation and communication skills. Above all we want people with a passion to inspire our students about their subject and about learning.

Other requirements

If you have non-UK qualifications, you will need a Statement of Comparability from UK NARIC.

Upon successful interview, you need to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before training begins

Passing of a DBS check (for international candidates a police clearance is required from any country they have lived in for more than 12 months).

Successful completion of Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to training (if required).

These requirements will be a conditional part of any offer and must be met before training starts.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they check the qualification requirements.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,000

The course fees for domestic/international students for our School Direct (non-salaried) programme are in line with our partner Universities. Please see University websites for further details.

Please be aware that International student’s fees are different and are not always eligible for Bursary support. This means it is likely that your training course will be self-funded. In terms of bursaries it is your responsibility to check what you are entitled to based on your qualifications you have. Alternatively, there is a salaried route, please enquire if this is available for your subject/school.

About the training provider

Bohunt Education Trust (BET)

At BET, we provide innovative, high-quality education for children aged four to 18. We are a multi-academy trust (MAT) of eight non-fee paying schools, working together with shared values and vision to ensure consistency and excellence for all our students. We set the highest expectations, and nurture students’ individual talents and interests to help them flourish and achieve their full potential.

Bohunt School is the lead training school (rated Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in 2013 and ‘Overall School of the Year’ 2014), in close partnership with Camelsdale Primary School and schools across the South of England.

We have a long experience of providing outstanding teacher training in Primary and Secondary. We are different to other Teaching Schools because we collaborate with several Universities including Chichester, Sussex, Winchester, Portsmouth, Brighton, Goldsmiths and St Mary’s. This allows us to offer applicants greater flexibility and choice because they can apply to their local University and, where possible, are hosted in a school within easy travelling distance.

We want to get the right people into teaching as we know that the more we invest in you the better you can improve the life chances of children. If the above sounds for you then we’d love you to get in contact.

Our Secondary partner schools include: Priory School (Portsmouth), The Petersfield School, Bohunt Liphook, Bohunt Wokingham, Bohunt Worthing, The Costello School (Basingstoke), Steyning Grammar School and others locally.

Primary include Camelsdale and others within the Rother Valley.

About the accredited body

Sussex Partnership course trainee teacher course outcomes are consistently high;

100% of trainees achieve QTS on their first attempt, 94% of trainees complete with a Distinction or a Merit
98% of trainees secure a teaching post on completing the course 99% of ex-trainees rated the Sussex Partnership course as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Interview process

1.Apply through the UCAS site. Recruitment will be on-going until we fill our allocated places.

  1. Once you have applied through UCAS please also register your interest with us by email and attach a copy of your Curriculum Vitae:

  2. As this is a centralised system candidates are likely to be notified in a variety of ways. First through the UCAS site itself that your application has been sent. Then all applicants will receive an email and/or letter from the Trust notifying you that your application is being processed.

  3. At this point one of three things is likely to happen:

  4. you are invited in for school experience within a partnership school

  5. you are invited for interview and school experience

  6. you are rejected.

  7. Short-listed candidates will be invited by email to attend a selection day comprising an interview, teaching activity and evaluation task to assess your suitability for, and commitment to, the teaching profession.

In the majority of cases, candidates are then invited for a second interview at the University with their professional mentors and course leaders. This is usually when a University are not able to attend the initial interview. It is then a decision between both the School and University to offer a training position.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

In alignments with university policies.

Contact this training provider

01256 320037
Bohunt School
Longmoor Road
GU30 7NY

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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