Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust Art and design (AT25)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Sheffield SCITT
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
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

Hungerhill School is committed to providing quality first teacher training. We continually develop and review our programme of study to make it current and relevant. Our course exceeds the statutory requirements for Initial Teacher Training in all areas. Your training will be informed throughout by the evidence base as to what makes the most effective teaching.

This course entails 4 days per week in school, during which time you will be guided by an experienced mentor: they will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject as you work your way through the Teachers’ Standards.

On one day per week you will take part in study days with fellow trainees on the Hungerhill School site. This involves specialist input from the best practitioners who will help you develop your practical classroom skills as well as a deep theoretical understanding of subject specific pedagogy. You will be trained on varied aspects such as how to walk and talk like a teacher, plan lessons effectively, behaviour management and how to really stretch and challenge students.

There are three formally assessed teaching practices throughout the year. You will begin, and spend the majority of the year, in your ‘Home School’ and there will be the opportunity to complete one teaching practice in a contrasting secondary school.

Our 100% school-based approach means you will experience the full cycle of the school year from welcoming and settling new students in September to celebrating the success of students in July: by the end you will be ready to embark on your first full year as an NQT.

School placements

You will spend most of the training year in your Home School (September to December and from Easter to July): these schools are central to the selection process and our school based interview system. You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve.

There is also a short alternative placement in a contrasting secondary school from January to Easter and a week long experience in a primary school.

All of our main and alternative placements schools are secondary schools: some have a Sixth Form and some don’t. Sixth Form teaching is not a requirement to gain QTS, however we can guarantee one of your placement schools will have a Sixth Form so you can gain experience in this phase if you choose.

It would be sensible for trainees to base themselves within commutable distance of their Home School so this is finalised with you before the summer holidays to allow you to arrange your accommodation. We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.

Alongside Hungerhill, our ITT placement schools include:

  • Armthorpe Academy, Doncaster
  • Astrea Academy Woodfields, Balby, Doncaster
  • Doncaster UTC, College Road, Doncaster
  • Maltby Academy, Maltby
  • South Axholme Academy, Epworth, Doncaster
  • The McAuley Catholic High School, Cantley Lane, Doncaster
  • XP School, Doncaster

Hungerhill is our main placement school. As a Teaching School we take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, not least by exemplifying excellent standards of teaching. Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “Hungerhill School should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.’’

For further information, please visit the Hungerhill School website ( and/or email

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in art and design 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.

We do not offer equivalency tests ourselves but there are third party providers who do, for example and A Star Equivalency.

There are up-front costs associated with these courses which you will need to fund. As the test centres could be a distance from where you live there could also be travel costs.

In addition, you may need to book the test in advance so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pass the test before our course starts in September.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainees who:

  • are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching
  • care about our schools, the communities they serve and the special ethos each school has
  • show potential to become the next generation of outstanding teachers

We look for evidence that you have had relevant experience of working with young people. Recent experience of working in a classroom in the age range you wish to teach means you should have a good awareness of how schools operate and teaching in action. Applicants should demonstrate how they have engaged, communicated with and inspired young people.

Other requirements

You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check before starting the course.

Ideally you will have experience working with children in a school or another organisation. However, this is not obligatory to apply.

As we are not allowed to hold a licence to sponsor visa applications, you will need to be a UK citizen or have been granted “Settled Status” by the UK Home Office. If you are not a UK citizen, you will need to prove you have access to Public Funds or can support yourself financially during your course prior to being offered a place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,850.

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is:

  • Term 1: £2,000
  • Term 2: £2,000
  • Term 3: £3,850

Each amount is due on the first day of each term.

You will be required to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

Financial support from the training provider

We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees, however we can offer the following:

  • We will keep you informed as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.
  • We will support you with the Student Finance Application process.
  • We will also make you aware of any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.
  • We offer free membership of the ‘Westfield Healthy Extras’ emotional wellness support package to support you during your ITT year.

About the training provider

Hungerhill’s last OFSTED inspection was in October 2012, where we were acknowledged as being outstanding in all areas. At Hungerhill, we firmly believe that the School Direct route produces the strongest trainee teachers who are best prepared for their NQT year and career as a teacher.

Our mission is to recruit high quality candidates into teaching and then retain them to meet the needs of our locality. Doncaster offers excellent opportunities for teacher training and for a continuing and rewarding career path in teaching. Our diverse alliance of schools is extremely experienced and has been involved in delivering high quality teacher-training for many years.

At Hungerhill we offer choice in terms of the type of school and location across the Doncaster area to train and work in: at the same time we remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual and meet your personal training needs. You will be at the heart of school life, learning from outstanding professionals. Our partnership schools see our ITT programme as an excellent way to find and develop their own future teachers and they are all fully committed to their trainees: they will invest in you as an integral and important member of their staff team.

Our courses offer the opportunity to study for a PGCE during your ITT year through the University of Hull, or you can choose to take the QTS only route with us. For more information on each route and the benefits, please visit the Hungerhill website:

About the accredited body

We deliver School Direct Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in partnership with The Sheffield SCITT, which is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. Notre Dame is not only an outstanding school but is also a National Teaching School with a strong background in teacher training.

Hungerhill chose to be a lead school for the Sheffield SCITT because of their excellent teacher training programme and their high success rate in producing outstanding trainees who are well-equipped for the high demands of teaching.

Interview process

Once you have applied we will then start the selection process based on your qualifications, experience and evidence of being ready to train to make a great teacher.

Most interviews will only involve stage 2 (detailed below) however for over-subscribed subject areas where there are limited places, such as PE, stage 1 interviews will be carried out first. These are held at Hungerhill School and you will be required to participate in a group activity, which involves being able to take part in a discussion and reflect upon your contributions. This task not only assesses your awareness of education issues but also allow you to demonstrate your interpersonal and communication skills. Success at stage 1 will lead to a stage 2 interview.

Stage 2 interviews also take place at Hungerhill School and are led by the ITT coordinator and a subject specialist. The interview process will include a formal interview about subject knowledge and teaching methods, as well as a 15 minute teaching activity which we will ask you to write a written reflection about afterwards. We also ask you to complete a literacy and numeracy skills audit so we can see if you need support in either area before starting your training year.

If we feel you need support to improve your subject knowledge before the course starts, we can still offer you a place on our programme but we may recommend completing a subject knowledge enhancement course. We can advise you on SKE providers if this situation arises.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We endeavor to meet the unique needs of every trainee, specifically by taking reasonable steps to ensure that disabled trainees and applicants are not put at a substantial disadvantage by comparison with trainees and applicants who are not disabled.

We encourage all our applicants to declare their disability on their application form and to discuss their requirements with us at interview. Whilst disabled access to our schools is good, in order to place trainees at the most suitable school to meet their needs, we would benefit greatly from knowing what these needs are.

In addition to one to one support from your mentors and subject leaders, we also provide all our trainees access to free membership of the ‘Westfield Healthy Extras’ emotional wellness support package to support you during your ITT year.

The Sheffield SCITT has a ‘Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Procedure’ which underpins our approach and is available on request by emailing

Contact this training provider

Hungerhill Lane
South Yorkshire

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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