Department of Education

Middle Years: Key Stage 2/3

Mathematics / Modern Foreign Languages / Science

Course Leader: Jo Tregenza

Download  the ITE Leaflet.

We Are Open For Applications! 

We remain open for PGCE and School Direct applications during the Covid-19 outbreak. All interviews will take place remotely.

Find Sussex PGCE or School Direct courses (by location or training provider) on website and apply via the UCAS Teacher Training website.
If you need help with your application, refer to our guidance: Applying to UCAS for PGCE/School Direct Sussex courses.

See our School Direct & PGCE Place List: 2020/21.

See also information on bursaries and scholarships.

What does the Sussex ITE partnership offer?

Application for our Key Stage 2/3 courses is done via UCAS. These unique courses prepare you to teach Maths, MFL or English at Key Stages 2 and 3, as well as the full Primary curriculum at Key Stage 2. Successful trainees are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Sussex is one of only a handful of providers nationally offering Maths, MFL and English specialist PGCE courses for Key Stages 2 and 3 which provide you with the necessary skills to teach in Primary, Secondary or middle school settings. The move from Primary to Secondary school is a crucial one for children and, as a specialist transition teacher, your skills will be recognised by Secondary schools employing teachers to help children make that move, whilst providing specialist teaching in Maths, MFL or Science. For those wanting to work within a Primary school setting - for example as a subject leader - transition teaching skills will help you prepare pupils moving up from Primary to Secondary school for that all important progression.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will learn to be a KS 2/3 teacher through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, which is followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, role play, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences.

Over the course of the acdemic year, you will undertake professional practice in two different schools equating to a minimum of 120 working days in total. You will be supported in your professional placements by specialist teachers who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. To this end, you will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher's Standards.

You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing three academic assignments during the course.

Additional entry requirements

To be accepted on this course, you must meet the partnership's established entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education. Additionally, given the significant competition for those applying for KS 2/3 places specifically, you should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A strong knowledge and understanding of your subject (Maths, MFL or English), and a sound awareness of how the subject is currently taught within both Key Stages.
  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in the relevant subject. Those with related degrees - for example those wanting to specialise in Maths may have a degree in Accountancy, Economics or Engineering - you must demonstrate that at least half of the degree had a Maths, MFL or English focus. You will also need to undertake a medium-length Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before starting your teacher training course. Contact the Course Leader for further advice if you are unsure whether your degree meets the criteria.We will be looking for a proven passion for your KS 2/3 subject. An A level in the subject would be looked upon favourably.

Undertaking a short classroom type teaching task and showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is part of our interview process, so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

How to apply

Applications for all Initial Teacher Education courses are made online via the UCAS Teacher Training portal.

NOTE: The UCAS application procedure has changed this year and some are finding it difficult to navigate. If you need help, check out our guidance doc: Applying to UCAS for PGCE/School Direct Sussex courses.


See our Scholarships, fees and living costs web page  and latest bursary and funding information for information on fees and eligibility for financial support. Specific information on bursaries, financial incentives and other sources of funding for Initial Teacher Education are available from the Department for Education.

For details of schools currently offering placements per subject, see the PGCE & School Direct Place List: 2019/20.


General enquiries about any ITE course, including application queries, should be directed to the ITE admissions team: 

Specific course enquiries can be directed to the Course Leader: