United Teaching National SCITT
Geography (2VVZ)

QTS full time with salary

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 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.

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 school, Paddington Academy in London, with regional training hubs across England from Carlisle to Bournemouth.

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

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

How school placements work

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).


Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale - Point 1

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



  • Good set of GCSE results, including English Language GCSE C+ and Mathematics GCSE C+
  • Good set of A level results including A or B grade in subject to be taught. BCC is lowest combination considered (each application is considered on individual merit and exceptions can be made to this if a candidate is exceptional in other areas)
  • 2:1 and above (however all applications are dealt with individually and 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

About the training provider

You can find out more about United Teaching by joining one of our weekly webinars.

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.

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 details

0207 479 3960
Paddington Academy
50 Marylands Road
Greater London
W9 2DR


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Paddington Academy
Paddington Academy, 50 Marylands Road, London, W92DR
Yes -
United Teaching Cumbria
Richard Rose Morton Academy and Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 6LB
Yes U
United Teaching East Sussex
Seahaven Academy, Southdown Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9JL
Yes 3
United Teaching Essex
Goresbrook School (primary and secondary) and Winston Way Academy, Dagenham and Ilford, Essex, RM9 6XW
Yes 8
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
Yes 1
United Teaching Hampshire
Beacon View Primary Academy, The Victory Primary School and Castle View Academy, Allaway Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4QP
Yes N
United Teaching Kent
Wye School, Ashford School (independent), and Newstead Wood School, Wye, Ashford and Orpington, Kent, TN25 5EJ
Yes 4
United Teaching Lancashire
Accrington Academy, The Hyndburn Academy and AKS Lytham (independent), Accrington, Blackburn and Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, BB5 4FF
Yes W
United Teaching London - Secondary
Bacon’s College, Lambeth Academy, The Hurlingham Academy, The Totteridge Academy, Walthamstow Academy and Sedgehill School, Rotherhithe, Clapham, Fulham, Barnet and Walthamstow, London, London, SW6 3ED
Yes A
United Teaching Northamptonshire
Primary: Grange Primary Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Secondary: Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Northampton Academy, Kettering and Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN16 9NS
Yes F
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
Yes 0
United Teaching 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, Barnsley and Hull, South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, S2 1SN
Yes 5

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