Why become a Teacher?

The top reasons for choosing a career in teaching

Teachers are in Demand

Latest data shows that 9 out of 10 new teachers who want to teach found teaching jobs in the first 12 months. 95% of primary trained NQTs and 94% of secondary trained respondents were in employment in first 12 months.

Starting Salary of between £22k and £27k

The average starting salary for teachers in England now stands at £24,200 [Source: School Workforce Census, November 2013]. This compares favourably with average starting salaries of UK graduates who are employed six months after graduation (£18,345 – £22,535)
[Source: What Do Graduates Do? 2013, HECSU/AGCAS/UCAS].

Teachers can earn up to £65,000 as a Leading Practitioner

The leading practitioner pay range from 1 September 2014 applies to qualified teachers who are employed in posts that the relevant body has determined have the primary purpose of modelling and leading improvement of teaching skills.


Maths graduate Seamus achieved QTS with PGCE through the SCITT.

Up to £25,000 Tax-Free to Train

Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

Teacher Training is better than ever

92% of newly qualified secondary teachers, and 90% of newly qualified primary teachers highly rated the overall quality of their training.

Change a Young Person’s Life

Teachers make students curious, question, and criticise. Teachers make the frightened, confident. The uninterested, ambitious. And the gifted… brilliant

Career for Achievers

Three-quarters of new teachers now have a 1st or 2:1 degree – the highest proportion ever recorded.


Science bursaries helped graduates train to teach in Hampshire with the SCITT.

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Maths NQT Gemma benefited from a bursary to successfully achieve QTS with PGCE
The Solent SCITT has allowed me to develop as a teacher throughout my training and continues to support me throughout my career. The advice and assistance continues to be invaluable and has made me into the teacher that I strive to be. Gemma Barrett - Maths Teacher

How do I become a Teacher?

To enrol you will need the following:


All applicants must be able to provide original certificates of academic and equivalent qualifications.

Professional Skills Tests:

You will be required to have passed the skills tests in both English and Mathematics before the start of the course. The registration system is now open and we encourage all applicants to take the tests as early as possible to avoid the disappointment of gaining a place and not being able to start.


Communication Skills:

We expect all our applicants to be able to communicate clearly and accurately in both written and spoken English.

Visa to Study:

If you are from a non-EU country, then you must hold an appropriate visa stating that you are eligible to study in the UK for the duration of the course. Unfortunately, the Solent SCITT is not able to provide sponsorship for a Visa.

Previous experience in a school setting:

You should already have undertaken (or have arrangements in hand to undertake) an appropriate educational experience before applying. Evidence of this practical experience, or similar recent connection, will be discussed at interview.

In addition:

As well as meeting the above criteria, It is important that you can demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as being an effective team member. You will need to be hard-working, committed and resilient, all qualities which will be sought after during the selection process.

Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training via the button below.

UCAS Teacher Training

Apply here using the following information:

The Solent SCITT: Provider code S56

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A DT bursary helped graduate Hannah study QTS with PGCE through The Solent SCITT
SCITT staff have been incredibly helpful all the way through the course. They all have years of teaching experience and cater for any extra training needs we have as a group. I made the right choice in choosing this pathway into teaching as their support and encouragement has helped me to push myself to be the best teacher I can be. I have now secured my first teaching job in the local area and cannot wait to get started. Hannah Pidgley - SCITT Design & Technology Trainee

What will I be doing on the course?

The Solent SCITT has been developed through years of collaboration with our partnership schools and Portsmouth University to offer a school-based, high-quality, cross-phase and coherent bespoke training programme, which is adapted to your individual needs. We are located in South East Hampshire in The Dickinson Centre, a professional training facility attached to Park Community School in close proximity to other local schools, giving trainees an excellent experience across a variety of partnership providers.

We offer a full time one-year training programme commencing in September. Successful completion of your training with us will result in being awarded QTS, along with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Level 7.

The Solent SCITT works in close partnership with the University of Portsmouth which has a long-established record of excellent initial teach training. This partnership ensures academic rigour which will enable you to establish links between theory and practice and understand how research is key to your professional development throughout your teaching career. The University of Portsmouth, who make the award of the PGCE, are involved in the development and moderation of the PGCE assignments and the Quality Assurance of our programme.

Our programme offers coherent and robust academic practice which supports your classroom teaching. Pedagogy, in turn, provides valuable action research to inform your assignment writing.

You will gain experience and training from schools who work in association with The Solent SCITT, including Primary, Secondary, Post 16 and Special Schools all located in Hampshire. The length, breadth, and content of the training will be flexible, taking account of your individual previous achievements, strengths and areas of development and ongoing interests.

Your school based Mentor will be a class teacher of the school in which you are placed. These high-quality practitioners receive regular and bespoke training and updates from The Solent SCITT and have responsibility for ensuring that you have an appropriate Individual Training Plan and that you have every opportunity to meet the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

For the duration of your training your timetable will build up each term at a rate which is managed and agreed with your school-based Curriculum and Professional Mentors and SCITT Tutor.

The full programme structure can be accessed via this link

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… Growing collaboration between partnership schools, university and local subject networks help trainees to learn from good practice
… All trainees are successful in gaining teaching posts in local schools Ofsted

Apply to become a Teacher

The process is simple. Log on to UCAS Teacher Training.


Professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy need to be completed before starting training.

Gemma secured employment in a Hampshire school after completing her Maths PGCE with QTS course

The Solent SCITT and all partnership organisations are committed to safeguarding and promoting good welfare of pupils. We expect all trainees to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks to review suitability of working with pupils.

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