The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, CTSN SCITT Primary (3FHS)

PGCE with QTS part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
5 to 11
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://ctsnscitt.info

Contents

About the course

As a school based provider of initial teacher training, CTSN SCITT is very much grounded in the life of its local schools. The tutors on the course are experienced teachers, able to guide trainees into a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum and appropriate pedagogy, informed by both research and the tutors’ own practice. In Year 1, trainees will spend 1.5 days a week in school, and attend Core Training on Thursdays, either in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. In Year 2, trainees will be in school 2.5 days (of which six half days per term in the first two terms will be devoted to PGCE training with Anglia Ruskin University). Whilst in school, trainees carry out specific teaching tasks, which will increase throughout the year, but also have plenty of time to get involved in other training activities: observing expert teachers; working with children in smaller groups; one-to-one tutoring; time for assessment and planning; reading, writing and research into effective learning and teaching. Every trainee has a mentor (usually the class teacher) with whom teaching and other tasks are planned and evaluated at fortnightly mentor meetings; these meetings are the hub of the school based training. In addition, each trainee is assigned to one of the senior tutor team who visit the trainee in school and support their learning throughout the year. This provides a strong support network for the trainee throughout the course. Trainees have a choice of attending Core Training in either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. The course will lead to the award of both QTS and PGCE (Anglia Ruskin University). For further details please follow the link to CTSNSCITT.

School placements

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across the Eastern region, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home address. You will spend the first year (1.5 days per week) in one school with an additional day each week at core training and the second year in a contrasting school (2.5 days per week) of which six half days per term for two terms will be devoted to your PGCE with Anglia Ruskin University. This will allow you to build significant relationships in this extended placement, which would last for the entirety of the second year of the part time course.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbots Green Academy
18 Airfield Road, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7PJ
Yes
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Avenue, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9EG
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

As a school based ITT provider, CTSN SCITT works very closely with its partnership schools, and the vast majority of our trainees get jobs working in these local schools. We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that children in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Other requirements

You would need a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK).

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £11,000.

£5.500 per year (total fee £11,000), often covered with a student loan. You might also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan, depending on any income from part time employment during your training year. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

About the training provider

CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across the Eastern Region:

  • All applicants are able to choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried (tuition fee) routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.

Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

Interview process

At interview you will usually be asked to teach a Key Stage One or Key Stage Two class for 15minutes - you will be advised of the year group prior to interview. In addition, there will be a short written task and an interview with a SCITT Senior Tutor, together with a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying. If you are invited to attend an interview, and have any special requirements, please let us know beforehand so that we may make reasonable adjustments for you. We want all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability. Full details are on the Department for Education website. All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if there are adjustments required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in our training. We encourage all trainees to disclose all relevant information with their placement schools as this will enable them to make suitable provision. Schools have experience of making provisions for their own students and are therefore well placed to offer similar adjustments for trainee teachers. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact this training provider

Email
scitt@catrust.co.uk
Telephone
01223 262503 x223 01284 761393 x298
Website
https://ctsnscitt.info
Address
Comberton Village College
West Street
Comberton
Cambridgeshire
CB23 7DU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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