Oxfordshire Teacher Training Computing (N785)

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

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our inspiring training programmes are carefully crafted to ensure the right balance of ‘theory and practise’ to prepare you for your career as a great teacher. Our Integrated Curriculum, based on our ‘Seven Core Areas’, has been designed by a committed team at Oxfordshire Teacher Training and is delivered by a range of expert colleagues who combine their extensive knowledge of the current school system with principles, research and theories drawn from the most recent and relevant sources. Our designated Subject Specialists are exceptional practitioners in their subject areas and work closely with the OTT SCITT team to ensure a coherent, focused and flexible approach. A range of visits and external speakers are threaded throughout the programme to motivate, inspire and deepen your understanding. Additional support comes from our fantastic Wellbeing Officer.

A crucial aspect of this programme is the innovative structure which starts with our summer ‘Induction Week’ at the beginning of July. This Induction Week prepares you to spend the first few vital days of September in your placement school. Many ITT programmes don’t start until October and therefore miss out on this essential experience. Our Associate Teachers recognise the importance of being in school at the start of the year and really value being part of the team from the outset. After the Induction Week, The Rapid Development Programme begins in September and will provide you with focused support and guidance to develop and test out your ‘teacher’s toolkit’. The time during this intensive programme is divided between training sessions and time in your first placement school. This combined programme of training, theory and practice continues throughout the rest of the programme, into a second, contrasting placement.

As an Associate Teacher you will collect evidence and reflections to support your development throughout your training, across the three, key phases of the programme. This is a continual process and regular advice and guidance is given about the best forms of evidence to use to show progress. You will have a designated ‘Visiting Tutor’ who will visit you at different stages throughout the programme to monitor your progress and assess the evidence that you have collected.

Basic hours at placement schools and training will be approximately 8:00am-4:00pm and on occasions you may be required to attend additional events after school.

An essay will be required for each of the three modules if you decide to undertake the PGCE option.

School placements

Your two placements will be carefully selected to ensure that they give excellent, but contrasting experiences and we are able to be geographically specific to make travel times as limited as possible. We have a committed and growing partnership of schools and in each year work with around 75 individual schools.

The full-time programme has two placements of roughly equal length; the first runs from September to February and the second runs from February until the end of the programme in June. There are regular training and subject specialist days throughout the programme which ensure that you have ongoing input and inspiration as well as giving you an opportunity to meet the rest of your cohort and catch up with the OTT SCITT team.

Each of our training programmes is for a specified age range and beyond that we offer lots of additional opportunities to work with and learn about other age groups outside the specified range.

We welcome applications from individuals already working in schools and those who are not currently in school-based employment. Successful candidates are invited to indicate areas/ locations of preference for their placements, and our Programme Leaders will use this information alongside their fantastic knowledge of the Partnership to select the best placements for you as an individual, in an area that is geographically accessible.

As a partnership we invest heavily in our partner schools and this means you will have an expert school-based Mentor and a designated Senior Link in each placement school and they will be trained by, and work closely with the OTT SCITT team to ensure that you have great input and support which allows you to develop rapidly: ‘Mentors are enthusiastic about their role, take their responsibility seriously and feel privileged to contribute to trainees’ development. They provide practical guidance and rightly focus on pupils’ progress. Through mentors’ patience and empathy, together with encouraging but candid feedback, trainees are able to reflect deeply upon learning and the craft of the classroom. One commented, ‘I feel that my mentor really knew how I taught’. (Ofsted report).


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Central Hub
The Swan School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7WP
Northern Hub
Banbury Road, Bloxham, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 4LJ
Southern Hub
Gillotts Lane, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1PS

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in computing 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 are not currently offering equivalency tests through OTT SCITT, but we can recommend third parties. We ask candidates to get in touch with us for advice and deadlines prior to application.

Personal qualities

Our Person Specification has been carefully developed by the partnership and is the basis for the recruitment process. Full details and our Person Specification can be found on our website

Other requirements

We run a range of Information Events and Application Support Workshops for all applicants.

As an organisation we are committed to the safeguarding of pupils, all successful candidates will be required to undertake statutory safer recruitment checks, such as an enhanced DBS check with barred list check, reference checks, overseas police checks and a ‘fitness to teach’ questionnaire; and any offer will remain conditional until these are completed. More information can be found on our website and will be given after interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

The tuition fee for the QTS and PGCE programme is £9,250. The tuition fee for the QTS only programme is £8,150.

All successful, eligible candidates have the option of adding a Master’s level PGCE to their programme. You don’t have to make a decision about undertaking the PGCE at the point of application, there is plenty of time to decide whether it’s for you. There isn’t a separate application process for the PGCE, you will be asked to decide before the training programme begins and your fee code/ fee amount will be adjusted accordingly.

You may notice that we have separate codes on the Apply system for programmes in the same subject/ phase for QTS and PGCE or QTS only, we ask that you indicate your preference by applying for the option you think you are most likely to undertake, but this can be adjusted at any stage.

Other costs for our training programmes are limited, all applicants should consider the costs of potential travel to placements and training Hubs, as well as potential, general costs of books, a laptop and supplies, however we have an extensive library for your use, which should mean that you would not need to purchase books from our recommended reading.

Financial support from the training provider

Unfortunately no further financial support is available from the partnership. The Central Team is able to offer support if students wish to make a claim for Disabled Students Allowance.

All entrants to our SCITT programmes are formally recognised as students, and are therefore entitled to access benefits awarded to students, such as council tax reduction (where available) and student discount cards/ membership. Evidence for this will be provided after formal enrolment and registration in September.

About the training provider

What makes our programme special?

  • Our trainees are called Associate Teachers, rather than interns, student teachers or trainees, which indicates your status as someone valued and respected, while starting out in this fantastic profession.
  • As well as being fully committed to supporting you with our brilliant training programmes, the vast majority of the team are also current school teachers, which means everything we do is grounded in the reality of the classroom.
  • We deliver an ambitious, integrated curriculum based on our ‘Seven Core Areas’, which have been designed to support your development to become a confident, competent and determined teacher with the capacity and drive to improve pupil outcomes.
  • We have the highest employment rate of any local provider and one of the highest nationally! The Headteachers who have employed our graduates agree that our training ensures people are well prepared for the profession.
  • We are a big enough organisation to offer a wide range of high-quality programmes and great peer support, whilst also having a highly personalised approach and ethos which nurtures individuals.
  • In December 2017 we were graded as Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted ITT inspection
  • We offer you a choice of three school-based locations (Hubs) for training, in Banbury, Oxford and Henley, and you can specify a preference of school placement locations (some elements will only be delivered in one location so you will need to travel at times, see our website for further information.)

Interview process

Our recruitment and selection process is carefully designed to allow us to make the right decisions as a partnership and to give applicants an insight into how we operate as an ITT provider. During all stages of the recruitment and selection process you will be assessed against our Associate Teacher Person Specification

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment and selection process, which will be a half-day (AM or PM) online process, involving a number of elements which give you a range of opportunities to demonstrate your skills and suitability for teaching. Shortlisted candidates will receive detailed instructions in advance, but do also have a look at our website to get a sense of what to expect and what you may need to prepare. The different elements of the recruitment and selection day will be assessed by a panel made up of key members of our SCITT Team and colleagues from our partnership of schools.

Candidates can expect to complete: ● an interview ● a lesson/planning activity ● a group task ● a subject knowledge task ● a document check

We encourage all applicants to find out more about the application and recruitment process by reading the full details online and also by attending one of our information events or application workshops.

As an organisation we are strongly committed to the safeguarding of pupils and all offers will be subject to/ conditional upon safer recruitment checks and vetting, including DBS, barred list and reference checks.

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

At Oxfordshire Teacher Training we are committed to equality and diversity in our schools and the Associate Teachers training to teach in them, in order to create a diverse and inclusive profession. We welcome all applications and are happy to discuss any specific needs or concerns with you at any stage.

In the early stages of training, you will be invited to dig deep and share your specific needs, core values and beliefs with the SCITT Team, who will then tailor bespoke support packages for you. This not only ensures accessible learning during all training opportunities - both in school and with peers in training - but also ensures each individual develops and strengthens their own particular teacher toolkit, for a sustained and mentally-healthy teaching career ahead. This means that Associate Teachers with, for example, profound hearing impairment, with processing or memory challenges or with a history of social anxiety will have the opportunity to observe highly-skilled practitioners with identical needs and discuss strategies to overcome traditional barriers and stigma.

Our dedicated Wellbeing Team works hand-in-hand with Programme Leaders and partnership colleagues to construct a support package which emphasises guided independence, and prioritises self-care and increasing agency, in order to ensure that each graduate Associate Teacher leaves the programme knowing when and where to seek support and advice.

That so many of our alumni become mentors, buddies and partnership colleagues is testament to this pioneering approach to nurturing the whole teacher within mentally-healthy school communities.

Contact this training provider

01865 518209
The Cherwell OTSA SCITT
The Cherwell School
Marston Ferry 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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