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United Teaching National SCITT Primary (2VV4)

QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

Trainee development is overseen by our outstanding lead primary school, Langford Primary in London.

Before undertaking the course, you will be required to attend our Summer Institute which will be held between the 5th – 9th July 2021. The Summer Institute is an intensive programme designed to prepare you to hit the ground running in September. Sessions will be a mixture of online sessions and face-to-face contact with the United Teaching team, depending on government guidance.

What do our trainees and graduates say about our programme?

Watch this video to see one trainee’s journey with United Teaching

“In my view there is no better preparation for a career in teaching than that provided by United Teaching.” – Mark

“In my past career I was bored. With United Teaching I learn something new every day, am pushed, am supported and for the first time ever I don’t dread Mondays!” – Eliza

“My professional and subject mentors have made me feel that they are both committed to my success and to improving my teaching practice. The level of support and training I’ve received has been outstanding. I feel fully at home at my school and appreciate all the opportunities I’ve been given to contribute to curriculum discussion.” – Emma

School placements

When you apply to us, you have the option to express a preference in where you would like to be placed if successful. As a national SCITT, we place trainees in a large number of schools across England.

During the assessment process, we will ask you about your flexibility in choice of location.

We endeavour to place you in your first choice of school. If this is not possible we will seek alternatives that work for you.

We always seek to ensure minimum travel times for trainees between home and school.

Once you have secured an offer for your main placement school, you are guaranteed a minimum of 120 days school based experience there. In addition, you will also partake in a 4 week second school placement.

We offer primary (5-11) and secondary training courses (11-16).


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
United Teaching Dorset
Glenmoor & Winton Academies, Carter Community School, Avonbourne Girls’ and Boys’ Academies and Avonwood Primary School, Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset, BH10 4EX
United Teaching Essex
Goresbrook School (primary and secondary) and Winston Way Academy, Dagenham and Ilford, Essex, RM9 6XW
United Teaching Greater Manchester
Primary: Abbey Hey Primary Academy, Cravenwood Primary Academy, Dukesgate Academy, Marlborough Road Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School, Secondary: Irlam & Cadishead Academy, Manchester Academy, Salford City Academy, Stockport Academy, The Albion Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester, Salford and Stockport, Greater Manchester, M14 4PX
United Teaching Hampshire
Beacon View Primary Academy, The Victory Primary School and Castle View Academy, Allaway Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4QP
United Teaching Kent
Wye School, Ashford School (independent), and Newstead Wood School, Wye, Ashford and Orpington, Kent, TN25 5EJ
United Teaching Lancashire (secondary only)
Accrington Academy, The Hyndburn Academy and AKS Lytham (independent), Accrington, Blackburn and Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, BB5 4FF
United Teaching London - Primary
Langford Primary, Longshaw Primary Academy, Salisbury Manor Primary School, Walthamstow Primary Academy, Whittingham Primary Academy, Wilberforce Primary, Fulham, Chingford, Walthamstow and Queen’s Park, London, London, SW6 2LG
United Teaching North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
United Teaching Northamptonshire
Primary: Grange Primary Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Secondary: Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Northampton Academy, Kettering and Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN16 9NS
United Teaching Oxfordshire
Primary: Hanwell Fields Community School, Hill View Primary School, Orchard Meadow Primary School, Pegasus Primary School, Windale Primary School, Secondary: North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury and Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX16 1ER
United Teaching South Yorkshire
Primary: High Hazels Academy, Worsbrough Bank End Academy, Hunningley Primary School and Hull Collegiate School (independent), Secondary: Sheffield Park Academy, Sheffield Springs Academy, Barnsley Academy and Hull Collegiate School (independent), Sheffield and Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S2 1SN
United Teaching Staffordshire (primary only)
Silverdale Primary Academy, Racecourse, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 6PB
United Teaching Surrey
Guildford, Guildford, Surrey
United Teaching Sussex
Primary and secondary schools, Newhaven, Shoreham, Bognor Regis and Midhurst, East Sussex, BN43 6YT
United Teaching West Midlands (primary only)
Corngreaves Academy, Timbertree Academy and Ham Dingle Primary School, Birmingham, West Midlands, B64 6EX
United Teaching Wiltshire
Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1JR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Good set of GCSE results, including English Language GCSE C+, Mathematics GCSE C+ and Science GCSE C+
  • Good set of A level results - BCC is lowest combination considered
  • 2:1 and above

All applications are considered individually on merit.

Personal qualities

Teaching is more than just a career – it is a vocation which leaves a tremendous legacy. It is a unique opportunity to be unashamedly passionate about your favourite subject, to develop and encourage aspirations in children and to lead with creativity and enthusiasm every step of the way.

Teaching changes lives.

We are looking for someone that:

  • never stops learning
  • actively seeks feedback
  • is never too proud to ask for help
  • has high expectations of themselves and their students
  • wants to be part of a school community
  • is an effective and compassionate communicator

Other requirements

  • Clear identity and DBS checks
  • A high level of numeracy and literacy

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

Tuition Fees for the PGCE are £9000. Tuition Fees for QTS route only are £6000. You may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance to fund tuition fees and other living costs. This would be subject to your personal circumstances.

About the training provider

United Teaching is the Initial Teacher Training scheme for United Learning. With over 80 primary and secondary schools nationwide, spanning the state and independent sectors, you can draw upon the expertise of our vast network of teachers and leaders to become the best teacher you can be.

Our bespoke programme is designed to support you during your initial teacher training and beyond. Surrounded by a team of specialist mentors, you will always have someone to turn to throughout your teaching journey.

We offer real teaching exposure in a choice of schools, a mentor system, a support network, professional qualifications, as well as continuous professional development throughout the duration of your career with United Learning.

The course is designed to bring out the best in your teaching skills quickly, professionally, and comprehensively. Being part of United Learning will mean you will also learn how to develop their character and broaden their horizons. This will mean getting experience of school pastoral systems, enrichment opportunities and extra-curricular activities.

Every trainee works to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but you can also work towards a PGCE with 60 Master’s level credits through our partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. Goldsmiths have been training teachers since 1904 and are renowned as leaders in the field of teacher training.

Please be aware that places on the salaried route are highly competitive and there are a limited number of places on our programme. Please email if you would like further advice on routes available.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the first stage of our assessment process, which will be a Skype interview including a teaching task to a panel of two members of the United Teaching team.

If you are successful, you will be shortlisted for the second stage of assessment. This will be an interview with the headteacher or senior leader of your chosen placement school.

Your offer will be conditional on you:

  • Gaining the degree qualification
  • Having GCSE Maths and English (and Science for primary education)
  • Having clear identity and DBS checks

Training with disabilities and other needs

At United Teaching, we aim to be an inclusive provider, promoting diversity and opportunities for all. We strive to support all our trainee teachers as best as we can and work with our partner PGCE provider and our partner schools to ensure that all trainees make excellent progress.

Contact this training provider

01832 864439
Paddington Academy
50 Marylands Road
Greater London
W9 2DR

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).

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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