We are an experienced provider focused on high-quality ‘hands on’ training with the opportunity to learn from real teachers in real classrooms. We have strong school networks and are committed to helping the cohort find suitable teaching posts with many SCITT graduates employed in partnership and placement schools.
Yes, all trainees who complete the course with be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and there is an option to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) accredited by the University of Portsmouth.
A SCITT or school-centred route means you are in school from the September start and the emphasis is learning on the job. Leading teachers will help develop your teaching practice with academic theory underpinning this. A University-led course involves more classroom-based teaching, theory and reduced school days.
To apply for a teacher training course, you must have GCSE English and Maths at Level 4 (Grade C) or above for all courses. If you wish to train for primary, you will also need a Level 4 (Grade C) or above in a GCSE Science subject. We accept equivalency tests and can help arrange these for you if required.
You must hold a UK degree or equivalent to access this postgraduate course and qualifications achieved abroad will need to be verified via NARIC. It is advantageous if the degree relates to the subject you wish to teach, but we understand that sometimes this is not possible. All degree subjects and classifications are welcome.
All qualifications should be in place before the course starts in September.
Yes, we offer courses for both primary and secondary. SCITT primary places are available each year and there are School Direct salaried places. For secondary we offer both SCITT and School Direct training courses. For all course information look at our Courses page.
It is preferable to have a degree directly related to the subject you would like to teach but we understand this is not always possible. Subject knowledge enhancement courses are available in some areas and an assessment of subject knowledge will be made during the interview.
Tax-free bursaries are available for some secondary subjects and tuition fee and maintenance loans are available through student finance to cover your training and living costs.
It is not a requirement to have school experience but history has shown us that it is beneficial for teacher training and we can help organise school experience in our partnership schools.
You will have two placements and we endeavour to do a best fit approach for placements. We consider travel distance for candidates, school capacity and both trainee and school needs. If you prefer a specific school placement this can be discussed during interview.
Training is a full academic year. We do a three-day induction in August and then the course starts in September and runs until the end of June.
The application cycle runs from October to August but we would advise applying as early as possible as places are limited and it allows extra time to prepare for the course.
We are looking for people with enthusiasm and a passion for teaching and make a difference to young people’s lives.
Our cohorts are a nice blend of learners ranging from 21-55. We train newly-qualified graduates, TAs, LSAs, Cover Supervisors, career changers and career returners. We welcome all applications and believe everyone brings their own unique skill set into the teaching profession.
Yes, we offer the Assessment Only (AO) route for very experienced classroom practitioners who can demonstrate that they meet the standards for QTS without teacher training.