There are two main phases in our School Direct recruitment process.

Part 1: The Application process

This will ascertain that you fulfil the basic entry requirements (see below). Then, based on the information you have provided, we will assess whether we feel you have the subject knowledge, philosophy and passion for teaching, as well as the relevant experience, to be successful at one of our courses.

At this point, some applicants will be offered an interview and some will be given feedback for further improvement to support reapplying in the future.

Part 2: The Interview process

This will be held in one of our Strategic Partner schools, in either a Primary or Early Years setting (depending on the age range selected in your application).  During the interview there will be a range of activities including:

  • Check of ID, qualifications, certificates etc.
  • Outline of course programme
  • Individual Interview
  • Small group teaching activity (20 minutes)
  • Academic assessment activity (discuss 2 pieces of writing)
  • School experience audit
  • Subject knowledge audit
  • Q & A opportunity

We will offer successful applicants a conditional place, the conditions of which must be met prior to starting the course. All candidates will need to have passed a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check, have Fitness to Teach clearance, passed both the Literacy and numeracy Skills Tests and have confirmed all their qualifications prior to the course starting in September.

  • You are required to hold a UK first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.
  • GCSE Qualifications – a minimum of three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2020.

School Experience –  We recommend a minimum of ten days Nursery/Primary school experience within the last two years; five days in both Early Years and KS1 for Early Years trainees or five days in both KS1 and KS2 for General Primary trainees.  This is no longer a compulsory entry requirement, however, we feel the experience gained from this hugely benefits applicants in preparing for their interviews.


The School Direct Application System is through the UCAS Teacher Training website, where you are able to apply for all Teacher Training routes.

Look for the LEAD SCHOOL which in this case is Yarlside Teaching School Alliance School Direct, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.  Our training provider code is 2GM.

You will also need to use the following codes when applying to ensure that you can carry out your training through Yarlside Teaching School Alliance:

  • General Primary (5-11) – Apply via: 2GM School Direct. Course Code35HL
  • Early Years (3-7) – Apply via: 2GM School Direct. Course Code35HN

Please note that applications have to be made through the UCAS website. Do not try to apply directly to schools.

In preparing your application it is recommended that you have with you details of:

  1. Contact information
  2. Qualifications and educational history, including details of the institutions and dates where your qualifications were gained
  3. Two referees, including their contact information (telephone and email address)

You will need to write a personal statement. This is your opportunity to sell yourself, to explain why you will make a fantastic teacher and to show that you have the attributes, educational philosophy and experience we are looking for. Be enthusiastic! Tell us why you want to be a teacher and why you have chosen to be an Early Years/ Primary teacher.

We recommend you ask someone to read your personal statement to give you feedback and check for grammatical, spelling and typing errors prior to submitting it.

Click here to see The University of Cumbria’s Programme Specification.  Please note that the UCAS codes detailed on The University’s  programme specification are not to study via Yarlside Teaching School Alliance’s School Direct programme.  You must use UCAS codes 35HL for General Primary (5-11) or 35HN for Early Years (3-7) when applying to study on our programme. 

Please note that applications have to be made through the UCAS website. Do not try to apply directly to schools.

We look forward to receiving your application – Good Luck!

** Please note: Due to COVID all courses have been cancelled. We will contact you regarding refunds ***