Tes Institute English (L144)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support

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
12 months + EPA - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

In order to apply for this Programme, you must have secured employment in a mainstream school. If you haven’t, please visit our website as we may be able to help you with this https://www.tes.com/institute/courses/become-a-teacher We cannot accept applications from candidates who have not secured employment.

Our course maximises your school experience so that you spend as much time as possible learning from professionals in the classroom. The online learning element of the course offers our trainees a large degree of flexibility with their study. Online learning is bespoke to your learning needs and factors in your previous experience; there is no “one size fits all” with our course.

You will receive support and advice on how to plan, teach and assess learning. During your course, we will organise visits to different types of schools and specialist contexts to give you a rounded educational experience to prepare you for an exciting career in teaching.

Trainees complete 2 assignments during the course. The advice and support offered ensures that we have a high success rate to empower you to reflect effectively on your teaching at the start of your career.

We assess your progress throughout the course to build up an overall picture of the teacher you are becoming. Our innovative online systems gather your evidence throughout the course which avoids unnecessary workload on trainees.

As well as your school-based mentor, your pathway tutor will visit you each term to ensure that you are progressing well and offer you advice on your teaching, assignments and evidence gathering.

School placements

Our apprentices spend most of their year in their employing school. They will arrive on day 1 of term 1 and become fully immersed in school life.

You will undertake a second placement to provide you with a contrasting experience. This placement school will be of a contrasting context. You will then return to your home school until the end of the school year.

We will also organise various days during the school year to ensure your experience different educational contexts.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
3rd Floor, Building 3 St Paul’s Place 129 Norfolk Street , Sheffield , S1 2JE
Tes Institute
26 Red Lion Square, London, Essex, WC1R 4HQ
83 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OHW

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

You must have achieved a standard equivalent to GCSE grade 4/C in English language and mathematics (and science if you’re training to teach at primary level). Candidates with overseas qualifications should provide an ENIC statement to demonstrate the equivalency of their qualification. See the Get into Teaching website for guidance. Applicants who haven’t achieved grade 4/C but are otherwise suitable may be able to take an equivalency test. Tes Institute accept GCSE equivalency tests from any UK university or our own Tes Institute GCSE equivalency tests in maths, English and science or equivalency tests from A Star Equivalency Testing.

  1. If you have taken a GCSE equivalency test in maths or English, you will be required to take functional skills level 2 during your apprenticeship.

Personal qualities

Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher. These are skills such as resilience, commitment and adaptability, together with good communication skills.


Apprentices must be employed in a school on a full-time contract on unqualified 1 on the teachers’ payscale

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

TES Institute is committed to supporting school-based teacher training, helping schools to create great teachers. Through their team of highly experienced Pathway Tutors working in partnership with schools and trainees, TES Institute combines the best of in-person and online learning to deliver truly flexible teacher training. For our School Direct Teacher Training programme, TES institute works with 8 partnerships of schools across London, Essex, Suffolk, and Kent, who work collaboratively to share best practice to develop and deliver high quality teacher training. Our postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship is offered nationally.

We offer three routes through Teacher Training School Direct Unsalaried (Full Time or Part Time) School Direct Salaried (Full Time or Part Time) Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (which we operate nationally)

Interview process

Interviews are conducted by a member of the Tes team and the leadership in your employing school.

The interview includes:

a 30 minute lesson observation. We aim to see that you have the communication skills and the potential to train to teach. a 40 minute panel interview. an assessment of your competency in fundamental English and Maths.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

TES Institute are committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. We support and enable students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in TES Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies. TES Institute will:

Encourage applications from people with disabilities Seek to provide information in suitable formats Assess applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential and suitability to train to teach Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact TES Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated Provide additional support or resources at application to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable Offer additional provision to ensure no disadvantage compared with other applicants Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed Provide educational support services as appropriate for eligible students Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at TES Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff where required

Contact this training provider

+44 (0) 203 194 3200
26 Red Lion Square

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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