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

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bridge and Patrixbourne CE Primary School
Conyngham Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT45JX
Hampton Primary School
Fitzgerald Avenue, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8NB
Lyminge Church of England Primary School
Church Road, Lyminge, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 8JA
Petham Primary School
Church Lane, Petham, Canterbury , Kent, CT4 5RD
Wickhambreaux C.E. Primary School
The Street, Canterbury, CT3 1RN
Wincheap Foundation Primary School
Hollow Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3WD

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

This fee is based on the figure for 2021-2022 and will be updated once the information for 2022-2023 has been released. Bursaries are available subject to eligibility.

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.

Interview process

Potential applicants should apply through UCAS from October 2021.

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

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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

Contact this training provider

Canterbury Teaching Alliance
Old Dover Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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