Applying for a School Direct place

Applications for a place on WRA School Direct courses must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training single application system

Applications for our 2020/21 courses are now closed. 

Applications for our 2021/22 courses may be made via UCAS from 8 October 2020.

When the application window is open, the WRA will interview & offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. Whilst in general we will continue recruitment up until around the end of the June preceding course commencement, individual courses can be closed at any time during the recruitment cycle once WRA capacity for a particular subject has been reached. 

One aspect that often causes delays to the submission of applications is references. We will not receive your application until references have been submitted. To prevent any delay to your application, please ensure that your referees are aware of your application & have your reference prepared for submission.

Each application is scrutinised by the respective university and WRA partner schools. Successful candidates will be invited for interview at King James´s School, Knaresborough.

Our interview sessions are arranged as & when applications are received.  The format of interview sessions is dependent upon the university linked to the course applied for. However the process has to be rigorous & at all interview sessions, candidates will be required at least, to lead a short teaching activity with a small group of students, have a discussion about subject knowledge with a subject specialist, take a subject related &/or literacy test & participate in a formal interview.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses
Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training in biology, geography, maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, or a language because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement programme.

An outcome from interview can be that you may be asked to undertake an SKE course. We may feel that you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training first. If this is the case, you will be advised that any offer we make you will be conditional upon your completion of a SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course would show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching

SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees. More information is available on the DfE Get into Teaching website.

SKE course lengths vary from 8-28 weeks (depending on subject) & the length an applicant requires would be recommended by the interview panel. There can be a period of delay between SKE course application & commencement therefore we do recommend that if the level of your subject knowledge is likely to mean that you will need to complete a SKE course, we strongly recommend application for teacher training is made as early as possible in the year preceding the course in order to allow sufficient time to complete any required SKE course before School Direct course commencement.  


 Application and interview advice