The course is full time with mandatory weekly training sessions each Monday, which augments your subject knowledge for teaching and your general professional development, followed by Tuesday – Friday in a placement school. The training sessions will be led by expert practitioners who will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning effectively in school.
Over the duration of the course your teaching is continuously assessed, exemplified in Evidence Bundles, monitored by TCP and your school(s). Your teaching will be observed regularly, with feedback to ensure strong classroom practice is developed.
During the course you will receive strong support from The Cambridge Partnership (TCP) in the form of a Subject Specialist Tutor (secondary). Well-being of trainees is crucial, and we have developed a strong mechanism to support trainees in this respect. A qualified counsellor is available at no cost to you.
Trainees will be required to pay tuition fees and can apply to the Student Loans Company for tuition fee and maintenance loans.
In November 2017, TCP was graded “good” by Ofsted and we shall be pleased if you view our final report on the OfSTED website.
You will undertake teaching placements in schools within the consortium.
Trainees will have placements in two contrasting educational settings.
Placement schools are allocated taking into account trainee’s geographical location and individual needs.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Main Site - The Cambridge Partnership
CMAT Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RN
The Pilgrim Partnership - Western hub
The Training Centre, Sharnbrook Academy, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, MK44 1JL
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
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 contact TCP for information on which equivalency tests are accepted.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
TCP is part of Meridian Trust, a family of 30 schools across primary and secondary. Meridian Trust schools share a vision of education at the heart of local communities. As a Trust we truly value the success of every child and we place the sharing of excellent education practice at the core of this value. We are committed to improving the quality of education and life in the community in which our schools sit, and their immediate surroundings. With this aim, the Trust operates from hubs in Cambridge, Peterborough and Bedfordshire and its staff, pupils and families are spread across the entire area from rural village to inner city estate.
Training the next generation of outstanding teachers is a vital part of our vision for the future. Meridian Trust has a long history of delivering professional training at all levels of a teacher’s career. Our philosophy is to encourage creativity and evaluation to continually push the boundaries of learning.
With us, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools within our partnership which covers Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and beyond.
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to interview.
Interviews will take place online via Teams until further notice.
Further information will be forwarded to candidates invited to interview to enable them to prepare.
We have been successful in working with trainees who have either a physical or mental impairment to become effective classroom practitioners.
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
The Cambridge Partnership (TCP) welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities. Once accepted on one of our courses, we will ask you to provide detail of your needs so that we can put in place bespoke support for each individual.
At the same time, TCP considers trainee well-being and mental health as crucial in developing outstanding teachers. We have a Cause4Care programme, which provides extra support for trainees who might have temporary or longer term personal challenges that are preventing good progress. We also have a qualified counsellor available to trainees at no cost.
TCP prides itself on its care for trainees with permanent or temporary disability. Quality Assurance data shows no difference in outcomes between trainees with disabilities and others.
Meridian Trust - Swavesey Village College Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB24 4RN
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).