Bluecoat Academy Music (K980)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This is an 11-16 phase programme.

Our school based training means you will be based in one of our partner schools on a main placement Monday – Thursday, and employed by the school as a member of staff. On Friday trainees come together for a day’s training of pedagogy and subject knowledge, following a comprehensive curriculum across the year. The PGCE delivered by Sheffield Hallam University will also take place on four Fridays across the year at the SCITT Training Centre (Nottingham). In the Spring term you will spend time at another school, as the training must include you teaching in two schools. Your progress will be reviewed throughout the year to meet the Teaching Standards and award of QTS on completion.

The PGCE is optional in this route.

The course has been carefully structured to guide you through your transformation from a skilled practitioner to a confident teacher within a practical learning environment. Your choice to begin this course was just the beginning of your journey to learn and understand how to capture the observations and curiosity of young, aspiring children.

You will understand the National Curriculum and relevant Key Stages.

The course aims to:

  • Fulfil and support the general aims of the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham Programme as set out in the submitted scheme

  • Develop competencies specific to the phase and subject which you are teaching

  • Ensure that trainees are competent professionals and effective teachers

  • Encourage an enthusiasm for education

  • Encourage trainees to challenge pupils and to meet their individual needs through personalisation.

You will be assigned a Subject Lead/Phase Lead. They will help you with specific subject issues and lead the Sessions.

You will have your own Mentor on each placement. This is an experienced teacher in your subject. They will give you an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week. They will also be the first person you should ask when you need help.

In addition to others in the department, you will also work with colleagues in the SCITT, throughout the school, in learning support and the Senior Leadership Team who will be pro-active in helping you. One of the advantages of choosing school based training is that you spend a significant amount of time in schools which have been selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners.

School placements

You will apply through DfE Apply and are enrolled on to the SCITT programme but are contracted to and paid through one of our partner schools who is offering a training place through this route. This school placement will be at Bluecoat Trent Academy.

The placement school is responsible for you in all aspects of contractual employment and must issue a contract of employment. You will be paid at no less than UQT1.

You will be in school for four days per week with Fridays spent undertaking training provided by Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Training.

All applications must be submitted through DfE Apply.

You will start teaching from the beginning of the year. Your timetable will increase across the three terms:

TERM 1 7 Lessons TERM 2 10 Lessons TERM 3 14 Lessons

It is important that this teaching should be distributed across the two key stages for which training is undertaken, starting with KS 3 in Term 1, building to include KS4 in terms 2 & 3.

You will have a mentor who plays a vital part in supporting you by providing a weekly mentor meeting, and members of the SCITT team will observe you in class and support you on a regular basis.

Your progress is reviewed regularly in line with our assessment process.

By the end of the programme you will have demonstrated your full achievement of the Teachers’ Standards in the award of QTS.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

We will consider a 3rd class degree

Your degree subject should be in music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Candidates are expected to cover the cost of an equivalency test (including the cost of any support/tutorials etc), and should check the provider’s accepted organisations before taking a test

Personal qualities

A desire to teach and work with young people.

All teachers need to be able to communicate well.

A commitment to work hard. Our teachers and partnership schools will work hard in supporting you, and you must demonstrate equal commitment.

Teaching is about working with others, we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other trainees and with teachers.

You need to be open to new ideas, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. You will need to be organised and independent.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

All applicants must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. You will be required to disclose previous offences as part of the checks.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, and everyone involved in the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham trainee placements shares this commitment, and are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.


SCITT Salaried trainees apply through DfE Apply and are enrolled on to the SCITT programme but are contracted to and paid through a school.

The placement school is responsible for the trainee in all aspects of contractual employment and must issue a contract of employment.

Trainees are paid at no less than point one of the unqualified teacher scale. Schools should issue a 0.8 contract for 12 months (1 September – 31 August)

PGCE option: Salaried trainees are given the option of undertaking a PGCE (with 60 Masters level credits) validated by Sheffield Hallam University. Trainees will have to cover the cost of the PGCE fees themselves (currently £1545 split across 3 Terms, 25%, 25%, 50%).

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance offers primary and secondary teacher training. We are passionate about education and the transformational role education plays in pupils’ future opportunities. Forming part of ARCHWAY LEARNING TRUST we proudly share the values of “Excellence, Collaboration and Inclusion” and the power of working together. We strive to ensure that all trainees are fully equipped for a career in teaching, ensuring the dedication and skill-set to remove any barriers to learning pupils in their classes may face. We are unapologetic in our drive to provide high quality trainees to work with pupils of all backgrounds from a wide spectrum of educational beginnings.

The advantage of school based training is the significant amount of time spent in schools, who are selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners. You are in school Monday – Thursday learning first-hand from practising teachers with a proven track record for excellence. Our partnership schools offer a tailored placement, to fit our curriculum, allowing you to become fully immersed in school life and wider community. This is underpinned by high quality training each Friday, covering an extensive range of different teaching skills delivered by experts in their field.

We pride ourselves on the layers of support our trainees receive. You will be assigned a Subject/Phase Lead who will help you with specific subject issues and lead subject/phase sessions.

You will be supported by an experienced subject teacher mentor on each placement offering 1:1 support each week.

About the accredited body

At Bluecoat SCITT Alliance, we celebrate INCLUSION and DIVERSITY and we encourage our trainees to be committed, reflective professionals with high levels of pedagogical skill and subject knowledge. Our education and training are designed to prepare new teachers to be AMBITIOUS for all of their learners, founded in a culture of HIGH ASPIRATIONS.

Through COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP, we aim to provide a high-quality, coherent, rich and inclusive curriculum which ensures that novice teachers are well-equipped to meet the needs of all learners, providing the East Midlands with teachers CONFIDENT in meeting the needs of our diverse schools.

Reference Recruitment Policy

Interview process

If you are offered an interview this will be at one of the alliance schools for the phase range. We are looking for an understanding of school based training, an awareness of current educational issues, a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling, clear reasons for wanting to teach, commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability, maturity and self-confidence, and an appropriate level of subject knowledge.

The structure of the interview will normally include:

  • an engagement activity with a small group of students
  • a short reflection task
  • an interview with a small panel of staff

Candidates will be informed in detail about the requirements for their interview in advance including if a subject test is required (if degree is not subject applying to teach - guidance will be provided for this)

There is opportunity to ask any questions before, during and after the interview process .

Interviews will usually take place face to face (there maybe an exception to undertaking interviews online)

If you are successful at stage 1, you will be invited to a follow up interview with the employing school

If you are successful at this interview you will be offered a conditional place.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Throughout the day staff involved in the interviews and activities will be assessing applicants, their suitability to work with children, experience, qualifications (and subject knowledge) and potential to become a trainee teacher.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity across all aspects of the partnership. We aim to ensure equality of opportunity for all trainee teachers and staff, in an environment in which all individuals are recognised as being of equal value and are able to make best use of their skills through equality of opportunity. Our commitment to equality is, in part, achieved through the eradication of discrimination including disability (physical or mental impairment). We support the ethos of the social model of disability which attempts to remove barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. We encourage all trainee teachers, or stakeholders to alert a relevant member of staff if they are disabled or become disabled in order that the SCITT can support them as appropriate.

If you require any special access arrangements, or disability support, we will ensure your placement school is suited to your needs and able to provide the support you require.

Contact this training provider

0115 9007230
Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham
Maid Marian Way (Off Castle Road)

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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