Your quick guide to what to expect during your teacher training

There’s a lot to take in and a lot to remember when you apply to be a teacher. Here, we’ve put answers to some of our trainees’ most common questions – but if there’s anything else you’d like to know, please just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

What is a SCITT?

It stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training, and is a way for graduates to enter teaching through school-based routes. Our SCITT consists of a number of good and outstanding Primary, Secondary and Special schools, all fully committed to providing high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to our trainee teachers.

Who do we train?

Anyone from recent graduates to people looking for a career change. We have a good gender and ethnic mix. Our trainees are from all kinds of backgrounds: high-powered careers, raising a family, working as a teaching assistant or coming straight from university.

Is the course full time?

Yes. Whichever route you pick is a year-long, full-time course running from September to July.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

You'll find all our entry requirements on the what will I need page.

Is there an age limit to apply for the course?

No. We're inclusive for all eligible participants regardless of gender, age, disability, sexuality, colour, religion or nationality.

What to do if you qualifications are not issued within the UK?

The minimum requirements for teacher training in England are that you hold a degree and GCSE qualifications in maths and English (and science, for primary trainees only), which should be UK equivalent to a GCSE grade C. If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK you may need to go through a NARIC check.

When do I apply?

Applications for September 2017 opened in October 2016. We imagine that applications for September 2018 will open in October 2017.

Which subjects are available?

This varies from year to year. Example list for 2017/18: Primary, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music ,Psychology Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education

Will I be paid to train?

You may be eligible for a bursary, and you'll be paid a salary if you're on the School Direct (salaried) route. All the information is on our tuition fees and bursaries page.

Will I receive help with travel costs?

No, you need to pay for your own travel but we make every effort to keep costs as low as possible.

What is the course programme?

You will be based in your main placement school during the day and spend five or six weeks in another school for second placement. During the year, you will also experience a series of shorter placements in other environments such as a special school or feeder primary or secondary schools. As part of the programme, you will be studying our general Professional Studies Programme as a twilight session each week. By the end of your programme, you will have transformed from a watchful observer to an active participant, taking on full classroom responsibility and preparing yourself well for an NQT timetable.

Will I get a job in a SCITT partnership school at the end of my training year?

Our trainees' employability track record is extremely high and it is very likely that, if you're successful during your training, you'll find a job with one of our partner schools. As part of our lifelong relationship with you, we employ our trainees wherever we can. Of course we can't guarantee this – it's up to you to prove yourself during your time with us.

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