How to Apply

Welcome! We are so pleased that you have decided to apply for a place with Harris ITE. We recruit on a rolling basis over the year and our training places fill up quickly, so you might want to apply as early as you can in order to secure a place on our training programme.

Apply in 6 Easy Steps

1. Check your eligibility

In order to apply for a place on our School Direct programme, you must have:

  • A UK undergraduate degree (grade 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification;
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics, or equivalent;
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in a Science subject if you intend to train to teach at Primary level.

Click here for further information regarding eligibility

Click here to complete our Eligibility Form


What kind of qualities and experience do I need to apply?


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2. Start your UCAS application

Click here to start your UCAS application

You Will Need:

Our provider code: 1TZ

Information for the following sections:

  • Contact details;
  • Relevant qualifications (including a breakdown of your degree topics);
  • Personal statement (details below);
  • School and Work experience.

Details for two professionals or academics who can act as your referees:

  • One professional reference: someone who can comment on your character and suitability as a teacher.  If you are applying for a salaried position, your professional reference will need to be from your current or most recent employer.
  • One academic reference: for example, a current or recent University tutor.  If you finished university more than five years ago, you may prefer to use a second professional referee.

Additional support for your UCAS application

If you need help to find Harris Vacancies visit this page for support.

  • Go to the application home page and verify your email address.
  • The left-hand menu shows each section of the application and its status.

You must complete every section before submitting an application, so leave plenty of time.

Personal Details

  • In ‘Further Details’ > ‘Area of permanent residence’,

London is separated into boroughs, there is no option for ‘London’. Do not choose ‘City of London’ unless this is the specific borough in which you live.

  • - In ‘Further Details’ > ‘Who will pay your fees?’:

Non-salaried applying to Student Finance:
02 – UK student finance services.
Non-salaried self-funding the course:
01 – Private finance.
Salaried who will not yet know academy:
90 – Other source.

01 Private finance
02 UK, Chl, IoM or EU student finance services
04 Research councils
05 DH/Regional Health
06 UK Govt international award
07 Training agency
08 Other UK Govt award
09 International agency
10 UK Industry/commerce
90 Other source
99 Not known

Adding Choices:

Search for Harris by provider code 1TZ. Programmes are listed alphabetically. Check whether or not you are applying for the salaried or non-salaried programme (salaried will be specified in brackets next to the subject).


When submitting details of your qualifications, please include details of NARIC if you have an overseas qualification and have already obtained a Statement of Comparability.

If you are retaking a GCSE, select ‘pending’ when you are asked for your grade.
If you need to take an equivalence test, tick the box which presents you with this option.

If you have a breakdown of your degree topics, you will need this to hand. Please fill in as much detail as possible.

If your degree was subject-related we can see where your subject knowledge lies.

If you don’t remember, check with your university or fill in the topics you know you completed.

School/Work Experience:

Include all work experience, whether or not this was in an educational context; this is especially important for salaried trainees who should have three years or more of work experience to be eligible.

The personal statement you submit will be the one which goes to all three of your providers. Stronger applications come from those applying to one subject, who can demonstrate their passion to teach in their specialist area and how they can evidence this. Weaker applications come from those applying to several courses and therefore not demonstrating any of them as your greater strength.

What to include:

Your reason(s) for wanting to teach! Evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching. Details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it. Any other work with young people, such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team. The range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team, and communication skills. Whether you have any experience of being in a school.

How to write your Personal Statement:

You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces) – whichever comes first. Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there’s a discrepancy between the counts. Write in English and avoid italics, bold or underlining. Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you’re happy with it. It’s a good idea to write your personal statement in a word processor first, then copy and paste it into your application.

Submitting your application

Once you have received both of your references, you will have your last chance to change any of your choices and then you need to pay and submit. Proofread your whole application again – spelling errors and mistyping contact details are common mistakes which can be easily rectified.

Harris Top Tip
On the left hand menu is the option to ‘print form’ – when submitting, be sure to print a copy of your application


Top tips for applying

  1. Leave plenty of time to complete your application.
  2. Choose your referees wisely: people who you are able to contact easily to follow up so that they can complete your references quickly and avoid holding up your application!
  3. Include all of your work experience, even if it was not in an educational context.
  4. Ensure your personal statement tells us why you want to teach! Include any information regarding skills and work experience which are relevant or transferable into teaching.
  5. Ensure your personal statement is your own work - we want to learn about you!
  6. Print a copy of your form before submitting.


Overseas qualifications

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs and undergraduate degree.

You will need to obtain a NARIC Statement of Comparability to evidence this prior to your application.

Some GCSE level Engish qualifications obtained in non-English speaking countries are not equivalent to GCSE English Language as they are English as a Second Language qualifications.  In this case, you would need to sit a GCSE English equivalency test.  See for further information.

3. Attend an interview

If your application is successful, we will contact you directly to invite you to an interview with the Harris Initial Teacher Education team at Harris Academy Bermondsey.

What do I need to know about the interview process?

  • You will most likely be interviewing with a small group of candidates.
  • You will be provided with an opportunity to meet our team.
  • We aim to provide you with the results of your interview as soon as possible.

You will be provided with specific details of the interview process when we contact you to invite you to an interview. 

4. Visit one of our academies

If you have been successful at the interview stage, we will organise a visit to your potential placement school.

When you apply to us through UCAS, you are applying to Harris as a central provider, which means we can select your placement academy in discussion with you at interview stage. We will work with you to review how your subject and phase choice, location and preferences will fit with one of our academies.

The details of your school visit will be provided when we contact you following the interview stage.

5. Accept your UCAS offer

Following a successful school visit, we will make you a formal offer through UCAS.  You will need to accept this through your UCAS track.

6. Welcome to the course!

Congratulations! At this stage, you are now an official Harris ITE beginner teacher.

What will happen next?

You will receive a Welcome Pack from us with:

  • Information about the course
  • Pre-course reading lists
  • Important dates
  • Details of the Induction Day in June
  • Details of the Summer School in July
  • The contact details of our team - our support begins the moment you are accepted on to the course!