The Denbigh Alliance Social sciences (Q669)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Tommy Flowers SCITT Milton Keynes
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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
14 to 19 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Applicants to this course must be able to offer key stage 4 and key stage 5 Sociology or Psychology and can be expected to teach an additional key stage 3 subject. We are looking for candidates who are flexible and adaptable to maximise their employability at the end of the course.

The Tommy Flowers SCITT secondary course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will train across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in our partnership schools, where you will learn from experienced practitioners, particularly your school mentor.

Five days per week are spent on placement in our partnership schools. We run specialist TFSCITT training on a Monday afternoon and also a twilight session on a Thursday (4pm-6pm). At the training you will join the rest of your cohort for sessions developing strategies for teaching and learning. In grading the Tommy Flowers SCITT as ‘outstanding’, Ofsted described the training received by trainees as ‘exemplary’. Our curriculum is designed around six areas:

  • Pedagogy and how children learn
  • Behaviour management and setting high expectations
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Assessment of pupils
  • Professional behaviour, statutory responsibilities and wellbeing
  • Subject knowledge and curriculum

The curriculum is sequenced to progress your knowledge and understanding of teaching and is integrated through both your core training and school-based placements to provide consistency of approach. You will receive regular formative feedback in the way of observations, weekly mentor meetings, visits from Tommy Flowers SCITT staff along with informal conversations with colleagues at your school. By demonstrating that you have made satisfactory progress in the six curriculum areas, the Tommy Flowers SCITT will be able to award you QTS at the end of the course. 100% of our graduates have secured teaching positions upon completing the course.

This course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop into a graduate teacher who is reflective, creative, resourceful, independent, collaborative and resilient. It presumes you have the drive, organisation and commitment to undertake a course which is devised to develop your expertise in teaching and learning.

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School placements

Trainees have two contrasting placements, a base placement from 1st September to 30th June with a 7 week contrasting placement in the Spring term to allow you to teach in a different school and across different year groups. This enables you to experience a range of educational approaches, preparing you to work with the unique, dynamic and diverse communities Milton Keynes has to offer.

Our secondary trainees teach across the 11-16 age range with some experience of teaching at KS5 (depending on the subject). You will spend five days per week in school and two afternoons training with the Tommy Flowers SCITT. We work with 14 partner schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area who share the same values, curriculum approach, high standards and commitment to partnership as us. Working in a close geographical area, our trainee teachers typically travel only a few miles from home to school.

From day one, you will be regarded as a teacher. However, your teaching timetable will develop and grow to suit your own experience, pace and progress. Initially, you will observe teachers across your school so that you become familiar with the children and approach to teaching in your school. Gradually, you will build up your teaching so that you are lead teaching up to 6-8 hours a week before October half term. The proportion of lead teaching would then increase gradually each week until your timetable reaches approximately 16 hours per week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Degree should be related to the subject you wish to teach.

Should your degree not be in the subject for which you are applying to teach, you will require a minimum of a grade B at A level in that subject in order to meet the requirement for recommendation to a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Your degree subject should be in social sciences 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Applicants for our courses come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have a variety of prior experiences. Many applicants are recent or soon-to-be graduates from university, whilst others have been working in schools already, perhaps as teaching assistants, volunteers or office staff. For some applicants, they have already had a successful career in other industries and are looking for a career change, realising that teaching is rewarding and that they can make a significant difference to the lives of children.

Applicants should be organised, reflective and professional, able to work with others and have strong subject knowledge.

Other requirements

A DBS check will be carried out after interview.

Ideally, you should have 10 days’ experience in a secondary school. This could be voluntary work or employment, for example as a Teaching Assistant. It is good practice for this to be in place before you apply for a place on the course.

ENIC (formerly NARIC) certification of equivalency will be required if qualifications have been undertaken abroad.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £8,250.

About the training provider

Welcome to the Denbigh Alliance, part of the Tommy Flowers SCITT. Graded an ‘outstanding’ provider of primary and secondary teacher training in Milton Keynes by Ofsted, the Tommy Flowers SCITT works in partnership with schools across Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, to provide access to outstanding training, mentoring and pastoral care.

Our provision is offered with in person, face to face training to give a collegiate, personal approach and support. This is vital for a teaching role that is based on developing relationships and connections with adults and young people. We believe that the opportunity to discuss and debate with others in the room is the best way to train to teach.

We create varied experiences for our trainees that will set them up to be excellent teachers for the children of Milton Keynes. We aim to nurture trainees into exceptional teachers who develop positive attitudes to learning and behaviour in their pupils, have strong subject and professional knowledge and engage their classes with enthusiasm and energy. With a 100% employment rate following completion of the course, our Early Career Teachers (ECTs, formerly NQTs), ‘often exceed levels of performance expected at such an early stage of their career.’ (Ofsted 2017).

Interview process

If you are selected for one of our interview days, you will be sent full information via email. The interview day is an opportunity for us to get to know you but also for you to find out more about us and the course.

The interview day includes the applicant undertaking the following:

  • 15 minute task with a group of 4 pupils
  • 5 minute presentation (the topic will be shared in advance)
  • An unseen written task
  • A selection of GCSE questions in your subject
  • A formal interview There will also be a presentation from us which outlines our course.

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

Disability access varies across the partnership schools and this will depend on which school becomes your base school for your main placement. Trainees with disabilities or other needs will have a needs analysis completed so that the appropriate support or adaptations can be put in place. We work in partnership with Northumbria University to ensure that needs are met across the teacher training and PGCE elements of the course.

Contact this training provider

01908 669735 ext. 353
Burchard Crescent
Shenley Church End
Milton Keynes

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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