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North Wiltshire SCITT English (2LLZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

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


About the course

QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters credits

The course structure is predominately school based with central and subject training held either at the Teacher Education Centre (TEC) in Royal Wootton Bassett or within one of our partnership schools. Trainees are allocated a ‘host school’ but will also spend time in a second ‘complementary’ school.

Each trainee will be directly supervised by a school-based Mentor, who will organise school timetables, observe lessons, set targets etc and provide feedback to the trainee in regular weekly progress meetings.

Additionally, each school has a Professional Tutor who maintains overall responsibility for all trainees in that school. They will support the trainee and organise additional training opportunities whilst on placement.

Each trainee will also be assigned an NWSCITT Subject Lead Tutor, who will provide them with subject specific training, advice and guidance.

The programme starts at the beginning of the school year. After their initial induction period, trainees will observe classes and work alongside the class teacher. Over time, this will progress to team-teaching and small group teaching. Eventually, trainees will take on responsibility for entire classes, lesson planning and sequences of lessons.

Trainees can expect to begin by following a 40% teaching timetable, which will gradually increase to 70%-80% by the end of the year. By this point trainees should have developed high level teaching skills.

To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) trainees must compile evidence to demonstrate that they have met all of the National Standards for Teachers by the end of the programme.

The Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is accredited by Bath Spa University and successful completion will also result in a PGCE with 60 credits towards a Master’s Degree. Trainees will be required to complete three assignments. Tutorials will be undertaken at either our training centre in Royal Wootton Bassett, one of our partnership schools or virtually. There are no expectations for trainees to travel to Bath Spa University, although they are welcome to use their facilities should they wish to do so and will be registered as a student of the University.

In the event of Covid-19 restrictions impacting on schools, we will monitor, re-evaluate and amend the training and delivery of the programme where necessary in response to guidance from the Government, Public Health England, DfE and NASBTT in order to protect pupils, staff and trainees, whilst continuing to offer a high quality programme

School placements

You will have 2 placement schools during your training year with us. You will attend your Host placement school from September – December and then again from Easter – June. You will attend your Complementary placement school from January – Easter.

We have more than 40 secondary and primary partnership schools across Wiltshire, Swindon and beyond that offer placements to our trainees. When placing our trainees, we look at their subject, location and the capacity within our partnership schools to support our trainees. Where possible we aim to place you within approximately a 30 minute commute of your home.

In addition to the two main school placements, we aim to offer trainees the experience of a primary and special school placements to provide an understanding of alternative phase and alternative provision schools.

Please note that in the event of Covid-19 restrictions continuing to have an impact on schools, we will monitor, revaluate and amend our programme where necessary in response to guidance from the Government, Public Health England, DfE and NASBTT. This may include the structure of placements if necessary.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Kingsbury Green Academy
White Horse Way, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 8YH
Lawn Manor Academy
Salcombe Grove, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 1ER
Main Site
Lime Kiln, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 7HF
The Wellington Academy
The Wellington Academy, Tidworth, Wilts, SP11 9RR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

There are certain academic requirements trainees must have achieved before applying for teacher training:-

Degree : A UK degree or an approved equivalent qualification. For secondary trainees this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. We would expect that at least 50% of your degree is in the subject you wish to teach. We typically look for a degree classification of 2:2 or higher.

GCSEs: You must also have Grade C/Level 4 or above in both GCSE English Language and Mathematics or an approved equivalent qualification.

Personal qualities

Our successful applicants should be able to show flexibility, initiative and resilience. We want inspirational trainees who are committed to education. You will need to be a confident communicator. A passion for your subject and time management are essential. You will need to be able to remain calm and focused under pressure and join in as a team player.

Other requirements

Whilst not a requirement of the course, it is wise to have done some school experience prior to starting your training.

You need to demonstrate a proficiency in numeracy and literacy. Assessments will be undertaken upon acceptance of any offer made.

You will be required to complete a satisfactory medical report to show you meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.

You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify your suitability for working with young people, plus have a Certificate of Good Conduct, if you have lived abroad in the last 5 years.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Student loans can include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan/Grant to help with your living costs.

Tuition Fee Loans (Student Loans Company) lend you up to £9,250, paid directly to the course provider, and you won’t have to pay it back until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.

Maintenance Loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. How much you get depends on your household income, where you study, where you live and how long for. If you’re from a low income household, you might get a Maintenance Grant too (called bursaries in Scotland, or Assembly Learning Grants in Wales).

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a student loan or maintenance grant. Full details can be found at

Substantial tax-free bursaries of up to £30,000 are available in certain subjects. Your eligibility depends upon the subject you want to teach and your degree classification. You must also be entitled to receive funding from the Student Loans Company (even if you are wishing to self-fund your tuition fee).

About the training provider

North Wiltshire SCITT is an Outstanding Provider (Ofsted 2017).

Our vision is to produce outstanding teachers who will ensure their students, whatever their starting point, thrive in all aspects of education. Our trainee teachers will value developing the whole person equally to the achievement of academic success.

North Wiltshire SCITT provides Initial Teaching Training (ITT) for the North Wiltshire area and beyond. We are based at the Teacher Education Centre in Royal Wootton Bassett but work with over 40 partnership schools in Swindon, Wiltshire and other areas. We offer ITT programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 masters credits, in both the Primary and Secondary fields of education. We recommend for QTS qualification and our accrediting Higher Education Institute for PGCE is Bath Spa University.

We provide high quality initial teacher training delivered by current outstanding providers across the Partnership. Each trainee will be challenged to become the best classroom practitioner they can possibly be. Trainees should aim to become confident, competent and reflective practitioners who are capable of delivering consistently good/outstanding lessons. In turn, they should want to produce the very best learning opportunities for all their students. Guidance and support is available throughout the programme for all our trainees and we support individual needs where appropriate.

Interview process

Interviews will be held at regular intervals starting in early November.

These will include a number of activities such as a small teaching task, a self-reflection task, a subject knowledge interview plus formal interview with senior staff and subject leaders.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, these interviews may take place virtually.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive organisation. All potential applicants are considered on an equal basis.

We will ensure that all candidates applying and securing a place to train with us will be provided, wherever possible, with the means to do so, by implementing reasonable adjustments as required which may include:

-Ensuring access to training venues and schools -Providing additional time where required e.g. for PGCE assignments -Providing larger print and/or coloured paper -Additional support from School-based mentor/ Subject Lead Tutors/Teaching and Learning tutors/Central SCITT staff -Ensuring all placement schools and venues are aware of any allergies and intolerances -Ensuring that candidates with hearing and/or sight impairments are seated appropriately to facilitate access to presentation content and instructions.

Please make us aware of any disabilities or other needs. We can assure you that all information will be treated in complete confidence.

Contact this training provider

01793 841961
North Wiltshire SCITT, TEC Centre
RWB Academy, Lime Kiln
Royal Wootton Bassett

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