Services for Education Primary (H047)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Services for Education Primary SCITT (ages 5-11) is a one year, full-time course which trains just a small number of trainees each year - meaning your experience is bespoke and personalised.

Our centre-based training sessions are delivered by experienced teachers and advisors - throughout the course, theory and practice are closely linked.

Trainees spend approximately 120 days in schools, putting the theory they have learned in centre-based training into practice. Trainees will experience at least two different schools, and are carefully matched with their placement schools to ensure their individual needs are met.

School placements

How school placements work Services for Education Primary SCITT provides you with all of your placements, within our partner schools, enabling you, the trainee, to concentrate fully on achieving your QTS. Aside from the time you spend at your ‘home’ school, you will also spend 6 weeks at a contrasting partnership Primary school, in order to gain valuable experience.

At the beginning of the course you are allocated a Professional Tutor who will introduce you to school life and help you work your way through the teachers standards, allowing you to develop your lesson planning, teaching and evaluation and actively participating in classroom teaching working towards 80% teaching time in your final placement.

Interview process

We make our decisions to offer a place based on your enthusiasm, aptitude and commitment to teaching as demonstrated by your application form, qualifications, reference and performance at the interview.

Your Personal Statement forms a key part of the initial selection process. This not only provides you with an opportunity to evidence your ability to communicate clearly and accurately in writing, but also is where you can draw attention to those personal skills and qualities which you believe make you suitable for working within the Primary phase.

Successful applicants will initially be invited to attend an interview session with us at Services for Education. During the interview process candidates will receive further information about the course. Candidates will also be required to undertake a series of short tasks and a formal interview.

Whilst ensuring that we can provide the conditions and training required, trainees must be prepared to demonstrate their own suitability for an offer of a place. The SCITT has thorough and rigorous selection procedures to ensure that the strongest applicants are offered places on the programme. Applicants must demonstrate a potential to train as a primary teacher.

Any offer is conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory medical report, police clearance and sight of original qualification certificates.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,500.

If you are from the UK, you should be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees, available through Student Finance England.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



We seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and require the following qualifications upon application:

  • A honours degree, (usually class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university).
  • GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. If you have studied outside of the UK, you must apply for a Certificate of Comparability from NARIC (the National Academic Recognition Information Centre) to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent and acceptable for entry.

Personal qualities

Teaching is a demanding but fulfilling profession. To succeed in it you need to possess and/or develop a number of key values, dispositions, skills and aptitudes. You must: -Have strong subject knowledge and understanding; -Have enthusiasm for teaching and a commitment to the educational process; -Be able to communicate sensitively and effectively with others and work constructively with them; -Have the will and capacity to engage in critical self-evaluation, learn from and with others, and engage in continuous professional development.

Other requirements

Statutory guidance requires that teacher training providers ensure that entrants on all routes have been subject to DBS criminal records checks. Applicants offered a place will need to complete a DBS application prior to commencement of the programme. Successful applicants will be asked to confirm in writing that neither they nor, as far as they are aware, members of their household are disqualified from teaching. Successful applicants will be required to complete a health questionnaire designed to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.

About the training provider

“SFE leaders and partnership schools share an ambition for excellence and demonstrate high levels of commitment and dedication to ensuring that trainees are thoroughly prepared for their careers in teaching.” Ofsted (2018)

Services For Education is an accredited provider of initial teacher training (ITT) working with a partnership of primary schools across the West Midlands providing high-quality Primary teacher training, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Fees are set at £7500 for the 12 month training period.

Our programme was judged as ‘Good’ in our 2018 Ofsted inspection, with inspectors commenting: ‘The partnership ensures that trainees are superbly prepared for their careers in teaching’.

Training with disabilities and other needs

It’s against the law for teacher training providers to discriminate against you because you’re disabled or have special educational needs. Under the Equality Act 2010, providers must make adjustments to help you do a course or go to an interview, providing your requests are reasonable. If the help you need is not covered by your provider making reasonable adjustments, you may also be able to get support from Access to Work. This could include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.

It’s up to you if you want to tell your school or training provider about your disability. The main advantage of doing this is to let them put support in place.Any information you give about your disability is protected under the Data Protection Act 2018.

If you’re offered a place on a teacher training course, you may have to complete a fitness questionnaire before starting. We ask relevant questions to make sure you’re able to teach.

Contact details

Unit 3 Holt Court
Holt Street
B7 4AX


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Location Vacancies Code
Services for Education
Unit 3, Holt Court,, Birmingham Science Park Aston Faraday Wharf, Holt St, , Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4AX
Yes -

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