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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties. 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 one local host school, a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools.

A very gradual increase of teaching commitments starts with co-delivery of aspects of a lesson and delivery of a whole lesson. As confidence increases you will deliver sequences of lessons and work up to three to four days a week by July 2022. One day each week is spent off site with your local cohort at professional studies training and nine additional days of training at 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 (2020 hubs are Farnham, Reigate, Epsom and Cobham).

Assessment is continuous and includes observations of your teaching, school based 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 Surrey and the surrounding areas 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 an interactive map of our current partnership schools.

As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and 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 with your school based mentor. 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
Camberley - training location
Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 9RE
Chertsey - training location
Frae Pree Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8ET
Chilworth - training location
New Road, Chilworth, Surrey, GU4 8NB
Cobham - training location 2
Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EF
Crawley - training location
Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7RA
Dorking - training location
Rushetts Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH2 7RF
East Grinstead - training location
Crawley Down Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2NT
Epsom, Surrey - training location
St Leonards Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5RJ
Esher - training location
Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 0BT
Ewell - training location
West Street, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1UZ
Farnham - training location 1
Bacon Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2QD
Guildford - training location 1
Egerton Road, Guilford, Surrey, GU2 7XZ
Haslemere - training location 1
Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1JF
Haslemere - training location 2
Lower Road, Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2DR
Hindhead - training location
High Pitfold, Hindhead, GU26 6BL
Horley, Surrey - training location
Oakwood Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7BZ
Horsham - training location
Freeman Road, Horsham, West Susssex, RH12 3QR
Lingfield - training location
Vicarage Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6HA
Main Site
Menin Way, Farnham, GU9 8DY
Reigate - training location 1
Reigate Hill, Regiate, Surrey, RH2 9PF
Reigate - training location 2
Sycamore Walk, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7LR
Solent - training location
Middle Park Way, Havant, PO9 4BU
West Horsley, Leatherhead - 1
Northcote Crescent, Northcote Road, West Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6LX
Woking, Surrey - 1
Portsmouth Road, Send, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7JZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

To apply for a place on our this programme there are entry requirements that must be met prior to commencement in September 2021:

  • a standard equivalent to grade 4 (C) or above in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science
  • a good honours degree (2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification

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 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

SSF (Surrey South Farnham SCITT) is an innovative, leading, 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 London Boroughs of Sutton, Croydon and Kingston.

There are many reasons why we are the first choice for so many trainees and schools, 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 Deputy CEO is a trustee at the National Association of School Based Teacher Training.

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 UCAS or DfE Apply we will check that you meet eligibility criteria. Your personal statement will be read by the Director of ITT (who contributes to UCAS advice for applicants in the UCAS blog section on their website).

We will shortlist and invite successful applicants for an interview (we hold interview each week). These will be held virtually via Zoom or at the lead school, South Farnham School (GU9 8DY) as and when COVID19 guidance permits. It is important to note that partnership schools are located across the county and within bordering areas. You would be placed into a local school. Weekly professional studies training takes place at venues across Surrey to ensure ease of travel and to create local support networks for our trainees.

The interview will consist of:

  • a panel interview with a partnership school Head teacher and a member of the SSF SCITT team
  • a short presentation (five minutes) on your commitment and ability to become an outstanding primary school teacher
  • 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 UCAS or DfE Apply. Conditions will include qualification and DBS checks.

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 Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021