George Spencer Academy SCITT Geography (276W)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

We have an excellent heritage as an accredited ITT provider and in the 21 years we’ve been operating we’ve had superb results.

In 2015 we were named by the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide’ as one of the Top 10 teacher trainer providers in the country and the second best primary teacher trainer nationally.

Our course completion, employment and trainee satisfaction rates have been consistently high. We believe this is down to our commitment, capability and credibility, which is underpinned by our ethos of bringing out the best in every individual.

You’ll be in school from the first day of the new school year, and as such you’ll be very much part of the team, treated as a member of staff and joining in with staff meetings and development days. You’ll also be given a comprehensive induction programme, so you can familiarise yourself with all that’s expected of you.

Our weekly professional studies and subject knowledge programmes give you the perfect opportunity to meet and network with your fellow trainees, and are essential to developing your skills and knowledge as a teacher. We offer full training in areas such as learning technologies, special educational needs, lesson planning and behaviour management.

You’ll be supported by two mentors in school – one from your subject area and another senior member of staff. This is your opportunity to create a personalised training programme which will meet your own specific learning goals and ultimate ambitions.

Practical and academic skills are assessed throughout the course via various methods including lesson observations, directed training tasks, mentor assessments and formal assignments (PGCE).

“I would highly recommend the George Spencer SCITT course to anyone that is interested in classroom teaching. My training was, by far, the most challenging but most rewarding year. The commitment, individualism and, most importantly, support that was in place for me as a training teacher was excellent and couldn’t be faulted.” Trainee 2018/19

School placements

We believe contrasting placements are the key to a rich and diverse training experience, so as well as your main placement school you’ll also spend five or six weeks in another school. You will undertake a series of shorter placements in other environments such as a special school and feeder primary school. This means you’ll be exposed to all kinds of teaching experiences and challenges, gaining a clear insight on how to teach a full spectrum of learners in a range of school contexts.

We have close links with a number of selected partner Secondary schools across the East Midlands, which enables you to access a diverse range of establishments during your teaching practice. Our network of partner schools offer you a breadth of experience and the opportunity to train in schools of different sizes and specialisms.

Trainees are asked to express a preference for their choice of placement schools and whilst this cannot be guaranteed, we consider every trainee’s individual circumstances to ensure the best possible placement.

By the end of your programme, you’ll have transformed from a watchful observer to an active participant, taking on full classroom responsibility and preparing yourself well for an Early Career Teacher timetable.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in geography 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.

Personal qualities

  • Desire and passion to become a teacher and to challenge and inspire your students.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • Strong subject knowledge and an understanding of it in the context of educating young people.
  • Commitment to high standards and excellence.
  • A wider understanding of the purpose of education.
  • Resilience and determination to succeed both as a trainee and as a teacher.
  • The ability to meet the mental and physical demands of classroom teaching.

Other requirements

  • Applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply along with career changers.
  • DBS Checks.
  • Occupational Health Assessment.
  • References.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,000.

School Direct Training Route: Fees are £8,750 for QTS* only and £9,000 for QTS* with PGCE. You’ll pay in two instalments – 75% by 1 September and the remainder by 31 October.

QTS* (*The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation. For the latest information, please visit )

About the training provider

We offer a high quality teacher training programme (QTS and PGCE) with outstanding outcomes for trainees and high satisfaction ratings. (Ofsted 2013)

Our team are highly experienced, approachable and supportive including first rate mentors and trainers who are all serving teachers and are passionate about providing first rate teachers for the region.

Subject knowledge and pedagogical skills are enhanced through our comprehensive subject knowledge and professional studies programmes.

Our programme aims to challenge you to become an expert teacher while fully supporting you in every aspect of your training.

A wide variety of placements and experiences are available and you will benefit from our diverse range of schools some of which are culturally mixed, in challenging socio-economic circumstances or graded outstanding by Ofsted.

Our partners include an outstanding PGCE Provider (University of Derby), George Spencer Academy Teaching School Alliance, Derby Research School and East Midlands West Maths Hub.

Ongoing professional development programmes are available beyond your training year including Early Career Teacher Programmes, Middle Leader Courses and National Professional Qualifications.

Interview process

You will be invited to attend a one day interview at GSA or a partner school where you will be welcomed by a member of the GSA SCITT team. You will be interviewed by the Director of ITT or the Teacher Pathways Leader and a subject specialist from GSA or one of our partner schools.

You will spend time in the faculty and observe teaching in your subject. You will also give a 5 -10 minute presentation to students in a class regarding your interest in your subject area and your motivation to teach.

At interview you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge through a 10 minute mock lesson.

You will undertake a series of tasks designed to assess your subject knowledge including Maths and English proficiency. This will give us an insight into what study you may need to take prior to starting your training year with us.

Following the end of the process we invite you to reflect on your day and communicate this to us in writing which also serves as further evidence of your ability to reflect and your proficiency in written English.

Throughout the day you will be able to meet staff and students, ask questions and seek support with the next steps open to you. There will also be an opportunity to meet an existing or former SCITT trainee.

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

Here at George Spencer Academy SCITT your individual needs are taken into account from the minute we receive your application through to completion of the programme and beyond.

We are able to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabilities and other health conditions.

Our specialist staff are available to support learning needs such as dyslexia, using their wealth of experience and knowledge and specialised resources.

To enable you to achieve your full potential our programme supports you to create a productive work-life balance whilst promoting good health and wellbeing.

Contact this training provider

George Spencer Academy
Arthur Mee 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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