Canterbury Teaching Alliance Primary (3DJS)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

School Direct Primary:

The Primary School Direct teacher training programme allows student teachers to train on the job in a supportive and well-organised environment. We pride ourselves on our personalised professional development programme which will enable you to develop your strengths as a leader in the classroom.

We work together with Christchurch University to offer Qualified Teacher Status with the option of PGCE qualification (Post Graduate Certificate of Education).

You will spend the majority of your time at your host school. A contrasting primary school placement will be organised for a 6 week period and a further 5 days in a prior or post key stage setting (early years or KS3 secondary) as well as 15 study days at Christchurch University.

School placements

Your main base school will be your host school where you will spend the majority of your time training on the job.

A 6 week alternative school placement will be organised for you during your training year. This is to provide a contrast to your experience so far at your host school. You will also complete 5 days in a school to aid your knowledge of the next key stage and can also be organised by the school.

As we work with a range of schools in our partnership, it is very easy to organise a placement for you in a contrasting environment.

Interview process

Potential applicants should apply through UCAS from October 2019.

Interviews will be held at the host school for the post of School Direct Primary.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

This fee is based on the figure for 2019-2020 and will be updated once the information for 2020-2021 has been released. Bursaries are available subject to eligibility.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You will need the following:

Hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification.

A standard equivalent to a grace C/4 or above in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.

A standard equivalent to a grade C/4 or above in a GCSE science subject examination if you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 (Early Years and Primary).

Pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.

About the training provider

Canterbury Teaching Alliance is working with Christchurch University to offer teacher training through the School Direct training programme. You can train as a secondary or primary teacher to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and there is an opportunity to complete a PGCE.

School Direct is a hands on, practical school based training programme which allows student teachers to work in their school from day 1. This ensures that you are able to work through an entire school year in your school and really feel part of the learning community.

We pride ourselves on offering superb support and training opportunities including individual subject and professional mentors, flexible time to manage workload, a range of schools for contrasting placements and high quality continued professional development.

We look forward to receiving your application through UCAS for 2021-22.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all aspiring student teachers and will support all individuals in their training needs.

Contact details

Canterbury Teaching Alliance
Old Dover Road


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Bridge and Patrixbourne CE Primary School
Conyngham Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT45JX
Yes P
Chislet Church of England Primary School
Church Lane , Chislet, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4DU
Yes 8
Hampton Primary School
Fitzgerald Avenue, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8NB
Yes H
Littlebourne Church of England Primary School
Church Road, Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1XS
Yes L
Lyminge Church of England Primary School
Church Road, Lyminge, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 8JA
No C
Petham Primary School
Church Lane, Petham, Canterbury , Kent, CT4 5RD
Yes J
Wickhambreaux C.E. Primary School
The Street, Canterbury, CT3 1RN
Yes W
Wincheap Foundation Primary School
Hollow Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3WD
Yes G

Support and advice

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