At Star Institute, we understand what outstanding teaching looks like and how to help teachers get there whatever their starting point.

Our Initial Teacher Training programme harnesses this experience, providing a unique programme that offers:

  • High levels of personalisation and progression
  • Immersion in good or outstanding schools
  • Access to world class people
  • Development of high quality and strong subject knowledge
  • A focus on character development
  • Opportunity for real, paid work experience
  • Career pathway planning

Visit our Why Train With Us page for full details of our ground breaking offer.

For Secondary Applicants

First degree in relevant subject to a minimum of 2.2 from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English and mathematics.

For Primary Applicants

First degree in relevant subject to a minimum of 2.2 from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English, mathematics and science.

Original certificates for your degree and GCSE subjects or equivalents will need to be brought with you to the interview. If you are in your final year of study, please reference your predicted grade.

Visit our Entry Requirements page for full details.

You can contact NARIC via their website. They will provide you with documentation to say that your qualifications are equivalent to ones in England. You need to do this in order to apply for teacher training.

Essentially teachers work with young people. Therefore, some experience of working with young people in the age group they wish to teach is useful but not essential.  Star Teachers assess your potential to train to teach and to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of training.

The amount of experience you will have gained in schools will vary depending on your circumstances. It is useful if you have experience of working with young people but not essential. We recognise that this is not always possible, especially if you are considering a career change into teaching. Existing work commitments may make extended experience in schools difficult.  Star Institute looks for the potential for you to train and be successful in meeting the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training. See our School Experience Programmes page for further details.

The Star Teachers programme offers teacher training in the Primary and Secondary phase. Visit our Subjects page for full details of all subjects on offer.

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) means that you have met the statutory requirements (The Teachers’ Standards 2012) for teaching in England. You need QTS to be able to teach in maintained schools in England.

A PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) is an academic route into teaching. The Star Teachers programme provides a QTS route into teaching with the additional opportunity to gain the PGCert qualification from our partner, Manchester Metropolitan University.

If you are already employed by a school and have significant teaching experience, you may be able to qualify to teach through our Assessment Only Programme. The Assessment Only programme is an accelerated route which allows you to qualify in as little as one term, subject to meeting our entry criteria. The programme is primarily aimed at those who do not require further training, however, at Star Institute, we also provide optional training packages to enhance your practice. See our Assessment Only page.

Alternatively, you could apply to the Star Teachers Programme. Your experience in school will provide an excellent basis for your Initial Teacher Training year.

There is no ‘best route’ into teaching. All the courses we offer are well respected by employers. The question is which is the best route into teaching for you? This may depend on your own personal situation.

You do not have to complete a full teacher training course in the UK. You will need to complete an Overseas Teacher Training Programme (OTTP).  Star Institute does not currently offer this qualification.

The cost of the Star Teachers programme is £8100. This rises to £9250 if you wish to gain the optional PGCert award. There are bursaries and scholarships available for some subjects. For more information see our Finance page.

The Star Teachers programme begins in September 2018 with our two week induction which is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching, provide the opportunity to meet the trainee group and develop your personalised learning plan. The school placements begin in September 2018.

Your experience of teacher training will be different depending on your preferred route. However, there are key things that will unite all our teacher training courses.  Visit our Primary Programme and Secondary Programme pages for full details.

As with all things that are really worth doing in life, learning to teach is very hard work. You will need determination, resilience and be prepared to work long hours, both in the evenings and at weekends. For those people who choose to do it, it is one of the most rewarding ways of spending your working life, and well worth the effort.

Yes.  Applications for the programme are made through UCAS, but we are always keen to hear from interested individuals.

If you’re thinking of applying to the Star Teachers Programme, but would like more information before you take the plunge, contact us for an informal discussion or come and meet some of our staff and students to see the calibre of the schools you could be teaching in.

Contact us now and we will add you to our database so that you are first to hear when the application round opens.

Call us on 0330 313 9876 or email