Surrey South Farnham SCITT Primary (2NCQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across the South East including Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, Berkshire and the London Boroughs of Sutton, Croydon and Kingston. We have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017).

Teachers in England require QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in order to be recognised qualified teachers. The PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is an additional academic award.

We are aware of the demand of PGCE masters accreditation and we have developed a programme with the University of Roehampton that can be followed during the training year. This enables those who wish to engage with a PGCE to do so.

This is a fee-paying programme open to high quality graduates and leads to the award of QTS with PGCE.

Our School Direct PGCE programme is built around a trainee having an on-going experience in a local host school, a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within other partnership schools.

A very gradual increase of teaching commitments starts with co-delivery of aspects of a lesson and delivery of whole lessons. As confidence increases you will deliver sequences of lessons and work up to three to four days a week by July 2023. One day each week is spent off site with your local cohort at professional studies training and nine additional days of training with the University of Roehampton (front loaded in the first half of the autumn term) .

SSF provides a diverse and engaging programme of weekly professional studies training, covering the range of primary curriculum subjects, SEND, behaviour management, EAL and others. Training is led by a team of local and national experts and outstanding primary practitioners.

We recognise that location is an important factor for you so we run training in geographical cohorts and build local support networks (2022/23 hubs are Farnham, Reigate, Leatherhead, Solent and Cobham).

Assessment is continuous and includes observations of your teaching, professional development tasks, articulation of practice using clear and transparent criteria. There will be three additional academic assignments at masters level for the award of the PGCE.

School placements

Trainees are based in various schools across the South East and new schools join us each year. We make every effort to place trainees based upon where they live, accessibility and to ensure that the placement is appropriate to their needs. Please click here to view our website and map of current partnership schools.

As a primary provider all our programmes covers the 5 - 11 age phase and you will be assessed within either the 5 - 9 age range (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two), 5 - 11 age range (covering key stages one and two) or 7 - 11 age range (covering key stage two).

There are opportunities to experience two schools, visit a special educational needs school and to look at secondary, early years and EAL provision (pupils with English as an additional language).

A benefit of our programme is that you will know which partner school you are to be placed in before attending a welcome meeting in late June/early July. This gives our trainees the advantage of being able to make links with their new school team before the programme starts.

We always welcome the opportunity to speak to Head teachers and senior leaders about becoming involved, particularly where a potential candidate is being supported by a school not currently in the partnership.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Barnsbury Primary School
Almond Avenue, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0BB
Beacon Hill Community Primary School
Beacon Hill Road, Hindhead, GU26 6NR
Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School
French Street, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5LE
Burstow Primary School
Wheelers Lane, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9PT
Claygate Primary School
Foley Lane, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0NB
Epsom Downs Primary School and Children’s Centre
St Leonards Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5RJ
Hale Primary Academy
Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0LR
Haslemere - training location 1
Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1JF
Haslemere - training location 2
Lower Road, Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2DR
Horsham - training location
Freeman Road, Horsham, West Susssex, RH12 3QR
Hurst Park Primary School
Hurst Road, West Molesey, Surrey, KT8 1QS
Lime Tree Primary School
South Bank Terrace, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6DG
Lingfield Primary School
Vicarage Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6HA
Main Site
Menin Way, Farnham, GU9 8DY
Manby Lodge Infant School
Princes Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9DA
Morelands Primary School
Crookhorn Lane, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5QL
Ongar Place Primary School
Milton Road, Addlestone, KT15 1NY
Reigate - training location 1
Reigate Hill, Regiate, Surrey, RH2 9PF
Reigate - training location 2
Sycamore Walk, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7LR
Send CE Primary School
Send Barns Lane, Send, Send, Woking, GU23 7BS
Solent - training location
Middle Park Way, Havant, PO9 4BU
South Farnborough Junior School
Cunnington Road, Farnborough, GU14 6PL
The Greville Primary School
Stonny Croft, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1SH
Yattendon School
Oakwood Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7BZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We advise candidates to apply to:

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with the desire and passion to challenge and inspire children. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, resilience and determination are essential qualities.

Other requirements

All ITT providers are asked to ensure that all entrants take part in a rigorous process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach. This includes:

  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All teachers are expected to be competent in fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of the training year, all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • speaking, listening and communicating
  • writing
  • mathematical calculations and problems
  • use of data and graphs to interpret information

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

SSF (Surrey South Farnham) SCITT is an innovative, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, West Sussex and the London Boroughs of Sutton, Croydon and Kingston.

There are many reasons why we are the first choice for so many trainees and schools and we have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017). Our CEO Sir Andrew Carter OBE has led a national review of teacher training and we feature as a case study in the National Mentor Standards.

Our trainees are highly sought after and we deliver upon an expectation of employment every year. Trainee and school feedback consistently rates the programme as being outstanding. We are the largest school-led, primary provider in the region and are praised for our personalised approach to every trainee.

School-led training enables you to learn in a school environment and treated as a member of the school team from day one. You will be surrounded by experienced colleagues and guided through a gradual integration into teaching a class of children. The programme will be tailored to meet your needs and you will be supported by a Mentor and Support Tutor. Weekly professional studies sessions are led by a team of national experts and primary educationalists.

Interview process

Once we have received your application through DfE Apply we will check that you meet eligibility criteria. Your personal statement will be read by the Director of ITT.

We will shortlist and invite successful applicants for an interview (we hold interview each week). These will be held at the lead school, South Farnham School (Menin Way, Farnham GU9 8DY) . You would be placed into a school local to you. Weekly professional studies training takes place at venues across the region (currently Farnham, Reigate, Leatherhead, Solent and Cobham) to ensure ease of travel and to create local support networks for our trainees.

The interview will consist of:

  • a panel interview with Head teacher / senior leaders from two partnership schools
  • a short teaching task (five minutes) where you will teach a given skill to the two panel members
  • core subject tests to assess your competency in Mathematics and English (these give us a greater insight into your training needs and enable us to offer subject knowledge enhancement)
  • an opportunity to ask questions and explore your personal training needs, placement school and programme options

If successful we will make you an offer through DfE Apply that day. Conditions will include qualification and DBS checks.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunities provider that encourages and welcomes applicants from under-represented groups, accepting trainees onto our programmes by merit alone.

Contact this training provider

01252 717408
Menin Way

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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