Haberdashers Federation


Do you provide visa sponsorship? 

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide visa sponsorship to overseas applicants.  

I studied abroad. Am I eligible? 

You can find out whether the qualifications you have obtained abroad are suitable for our courses by obtaining an official evaluation from UK ENIC. We ask that all international applicants have their qualifications formally recognised prior to submitting their application. 

Do you accept equivalency tests? 

Yes, we do. You can take an equivalency test through A* Star Equivalency or through an alternative provider of your choice.  

What qualifications do you need before applying? 

For the unsalaried route (I’ll include a hyperlink once the page is live ) you will need an undergraduate degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent and GCSE grades C/4 or equivalent in Maths and English (and Science for Primary). 

For the salaried route (I’ll include a hyperlink once the page is live ) you will need undergraduate degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent and GCSE grades C/4 or equivalent in Maths and English (and Science for Primary), 2-3 three years’ transferable work history and permission to work in the UK. 

DISCLAIMER: We accept all levels of degree (First class honours to 3rd class honours) however if you receive a 3rd class degree you will not be eligible to apply for a student loan with student finance. 

Can I train to be a teacher in a subject I do not have a degree in? 

Yes, it is possible to train to teach a subject you did not study at university. You will need to have studied a closely related subject at degree level and will need to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.  

What are the English requirements for non-native speakers? 

In order to succeed on our programmes, trainees must have a strong command of the English language. We do not require applicants to submit official proficiency test results as we assess English proficiency through the online application form and assessments during the interview process. 

Can I apply for both training routes? 

Yes, applicants are welcome to apply (include link to apply here) for both our Salaried and Unsalaried programmes. 

What does the interview process include? 

It will depend on what subject you apply for, but it would normally require you to plan and present a lesson for 15 minutes (details of which will be sent to you prior to your interview), you will then be asked to follow up questions related to this plan by a panel of interviewers to determine your suitability to teach.  

The interview will also include questions surrounding your subject knowledge and experience. Depending on the COVID restrictions going forward we would like to have these interviews physically in person, but please be prepared for them to be conducted via Microsoft Teams as well. 

What is the deadline for applications? 

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible as places fill up quickly, especially if you would like a position on the salaried route. There is no strict deadline but we advise you apply by May 2022.  

When does the programme start and end? 

The programme lasts one academic year, commencing in September and ending in June of the following year. 

Where is the programme based? 

As a trainee on our programme, you will primarily be based at one of our nine Trust schools, with an opportunity to spend six weeks at a contrasting school within the Trust. 

Do I have to attend university throughout the course? 

No, you will not be required to physically attend university throughout the course. Your academic studies will be delivered by TES Institute, through their engaging and flexible e-learning platform. You will have the equivalent of one day a week dedicated studying time which is all conducted online. 

Do I have to do a PGCE? 

No, trainees are not obliged to undertake a PGCE and are able to progress through our courses with the aim of obtaining QTS only. You will have an opportunity to express which pathway you wish to pursue at the interview stage. 

What does a typical trainee teacher's timetable look like? 

Trainee teacher timetables may vary depending on your subject of instruction and the school in which you are based. Generally speaking, unsalaried trainees can expect to spend a greater amount of time observing lessons than salaried trainees. The tables below give an example of the proportion of time you might spend on different activities as a trainee. 

What happens upon successful completion of the programme? 

Our programmes have excellent retention rates with the vast majority of our trainees going on to assume permanent NQT roles within our Trust schools. 

If we haven't answered all your questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email habsinstitute@haaf.org.uk