George Abbot SCITT School Direct Music (2W26)

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

Accredited body
George Abbot SCITT
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
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This programme will equip trainees to teach Music to students aged 11 to 16 but may give experience of Key Stage 5 (A level) teaching, dependent upon the school in which you are based.

This is a full-time school based training programme starting in September and finishing the following July. You will spend 4 days a week in school working alongside a mentor and gradually building up your classroom experience. You will observe expert colleagues and embody the qualities and role of a teacher. On the fifth day you will undertake study sessions as a Secondary cohort. These sessions cover key teaching theories, strategies, policies and approaches. In addition, you will break into subject specialisms to explore the themes of your subject in greater depth.

Trainees can opt for the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) only programme or the PGCE programme. The difference between these two routes is that the PGCE earns a trainee 60 Masters credits alongside their QTS, essays are written with an academic focus. The QTS route involves a series of Professional Development tasks rooted in classroom practice and reflection. Our PGCE is accredited by Kingston University but all delivery takes place within our training programme and there is no need for trainees to attend the University at any time. You will have access to all the online library and support systems remotely.

School placements

Successful candidates will be matched with a main placement school. This is the school where they will work for the Autumn, Spring 1 and Summer term. All trainees have a mentor who supports their development.

When selecting a main placement school, we take into consideration the following:

  • schools that can accommodate a trainee in the required subject

  • the ability of the school to support a trainee based on the trainee’s strengths and weaknesses

  • travel to the placement school

  • any links that trainees may have with schools

The placement school selection is completed in conjunction with the trainee. A taster day helps the trainee to identify whether the school placement is a good match.

A second placement takes place in the second half of the Spring term in a contrasting school.

Trainees are expected to be in school before the school day begins and to attend meetings, events and training that will go beyond the hours that the pupils are on site.

On Wednesdays all trainees participate in Professional Study sessions - these predominantly take place in the training room at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools. They are a blend of face-to-face and remote learning opportunities.

All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting, time focusing on behaviour strategies and observe in KS2 and KS5.

For further information, request an information pack via

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in music 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.

We accept equivalency tests from or . All costs must be borne by the applicant and the equivalency test must be passed by 31st August prior to the course starting.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the following personal qualities (this list is not exhaustive!):

  • A commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching, learning and your subject;
  • Relevant knowledge of UK education system, the National Curriculum and an awareness of current educational issues;
  • Commitment to professional development;
  • Organisational and communication skills;
  • The ability to establish effective professional relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Fundamental numeracy and literacy skills
  • Tenacity and resilience;
  • Readiness for hard work.

Other requirements

All offers made will be subject to:

  • the candidate demonstrating fundamental English and Maths skills
  • receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • satisfactory references to include the current or most recent employer (if applicable)
  • a mutually suitable placement school being identified
  • completion of Fitness to Teach questionnaire

For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original ENIC documentation.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,150.

The fee is £7150 for those following the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only programme.

The fee is £9250 for those following the PGCE programme whereby a PGCE qualification will be gained as well as Qualified Teacher Status.

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Financial support from the training provider

Exceptional candidates identified at interview may be offered a scholarship which includes a £1000 reduction in fees as well as entry onto a middle management leadership course.

More information including qualifying criteria regarding our scholarships can be found in our information pack.

To request an information pack, please email:

About the training provider

George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established provider delivering school-based Initial Teacher Training across schools in the South East. Our trainees are highly sought after both in their trainee year and in future employment. Consistently rated as Outstanding by trainees and schools, this is also reflected in our outstanding Ofsted report.

School-led training enables you to learn alongside professionals as a member of a school team. Practical and progressive, you will gradually learn the skills you need to become an effective classroom practitioner. We pride ourselves on knowing our placement schools and trainees well which allows us to find a good match for each candidate.

This is an exciting time at George Abbot SCITT as we build on our long standing relationship with Surrey South Farnham SCITT. Through working together we will further develop opportunities for trainees from September 2023 and beyond.

Interview process

Our interview process will include the following:

  • a formal interview

  • a short teaching task

  • a fundamental Maths and English test

The interview panel is likely to comprise of two members of the SCITT team but may also include a member of staff from one of our partner schools.

More information on what we are looking for from candidates can be found on our website

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

George Abbot SCITT has trained teachers with a variety of individual needs. We are able to adjust our programme accordingly.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to disclose any needs you may have so that we can support you appropriately.

If you would like to discuss how we could support you during training with your needs, please do get in touch on 01483 888048.

Contact this training provider

01483 888048
George Abbot School
Woodruff Avenue

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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