Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance

Teacher Subject Specialism Training

Taunton Teaching AllianceDon’t hold back from applying for teacher training in maths, physics or chemistry because of your subject knowledge confidence.

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 teacher subject specialism training (TSST) programme.

We will identify if you need to complete a TSST course as part of the initial selection process. If we feel you need to enhance your knowledge, we may offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you undertake a TSST course. This could be because your degree isn’t in your chosen subject, but it is closely related, or you have an A level in the subject. Or it may be that you have relevant professional experience, and a TSST course will show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching.

Read more about the TSST course HERE.

You won’t have to pay for a TSST course; you may also be able to access a TSST bursary of up to £7,200 (depending on the course length).

Please speak with either Exeter University or us before you submit your application for more information.


“I didn’t have a degree in the subject I wanted to teach, so I completed an SKE in physics. The course was free. Not only did it increase my knowledge to teach physics, it really contributed to developing the skills I needed to become an outstanding teacher.”
Olly Carr, physics teacher


For more details, the link below will take you to the ‘boost-subject-knowledge’ pages of the Get Into Teaching website.
Boost Subject Knowledge