Course Overview

 Ripley EnglishEnglish is an exciting and dynamic subject which enriches the lives of our students in several ways.  As a trainee English teacher, one of your many subject specific roles will be to provide the life skills that students need as the bedrock of all other educational attainment and the future functional skills that they require as adults. In addition to functional English, you will enhance the personal growth and development of individual pupils through activities such as creative writing.

You will also make them more culturally aware, as you bring to life great works of literature and teach students how to interpret, critique and question the value systems and societies presented to them. You will have exciting opportunities to hone your craft by teaching a range of subjects under the English umbrella, such as Literature, Language, Media and perhaps Drama.


Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto the course you will need:

  • a degree in English or a relevant qualification
  • advanced level qualifications in English Language or Literature.
  • GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • have passed the QTS skills in English and Maths by 1st September 2018.
  • the ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
  • a good state of physical and mental fitness
  • confirmation that you have not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons.
  • The suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching this subject in secondary schools.

It is beneficial that you also have: 

  • experience of working with secondary-age children.
  • recent experience of your subject in a secondary school.
  • a competent level of ICT skills.

It is desirable to have passed the QTS skills tests prior to interview. However, if this is not the case there is an expectation the tests are completed as soon as possible after an offer has been made.

Course Details


The course structure for most students will consist of:

  • A main placement in a secondary school.
  • A shorter second placement in another partnership secondary school.
  • Gaining experience of teaching within the Primary sector.
  • Experiencing SEND teaching at Brackenfield School.

Throughout the year students will:

  • Have full access to The University of Nottingham services.
  • Enjoy full student entitlement of The University of Nottingham, including use of the library, on-line support and SU membership.



 We are pleased to offer the following places for 2018/19:

  • Provider-led places in English. 
  • School-direct (unsalaried) places in English. 

For provider-led places apply on UCAS to EMTTP.

For school-direct places apply to our lead school (The West Bridgford School) via the UCAS teacher training application website. 

If you are successful in gaining a place via either of these pathways you will undertake your main placement through one of these schools:

Ashfield School

Kimberley School

Ripley Academy

South Wolds Academy

West Bridgford School