North Wiltshire SCITT History (2LM3)

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

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


Course summary

Course Awards:

  • QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters credits

Course Structure:

  • Your training will mainly be school-based, working with your school Mentor.
  • You will attend regular central training either at NWSCITT, one of our partnership schools or virtually.
  • You will attend specific subject training with your Subject Lead Tutor at one of our partnership schools.
  • You will have 2 main school placements.


  • You will be supervised by your school-based Mentor. They will organise your timetable, observe lessons, set targets and provide you with feedback at regular progress meetings.
  • Each school has a Professional Tutor. They have responsibility for all trainees in school. They will support you and organise additional training on your placement where appropriate.
  • You will have a NWSCITT History Subject Lead Tutor. They will provide you with subject specific training, advice and guidance.
  • Additional support is available from the NWSCITT team.

Central Training: At the start of the year, you will spend 3 days in school and 2 days in central/subject training. After October half-term, you will spend 4 days in school and 1 day in training. From February you will be in school 5 days per week.

You will cover subjects such as, but not limited to:

  • Safeguarding
  • Starters and plenaries
  • Behaviour management
  • SEND
  • Planning
  • Differentiation and adaptive teaching
  • Phonics and early reading
  • Teaching difficult issues
  • EAL
  • PSHE and SRE
  • Being an inclusive teacher

History Subject Training: You will cover subjects such as, but not limited to:

  • Teaching great history lessons
  • History skills vs knowledge debate
  • Purpose of History in the curriculum

QTS Award:

  • Upon successful completion, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), recommended by NWSCITT.
  • You must evidence that you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course to be awarded QTS.


  • The Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s credits is accredited by Bath Spa University.
  • You will need to pass three PGCE assignments set by Bath Spa University.
  • You do not need to travel to Bath Spa University. Lectures will be at NWSCITT, a partnership school or virtually.
  • All Bath Spa resources are available on line.
  • You will have a Bath Spa ID card and access to their facilities if you wish.

School placements

NWSCITT will organise your placement school for you. We work with over 40 Primary and Secondary Partnership schools across Wiltshire, Swindon and surrounding areas, including schools within Ascend Learning Trust.

Please note:

  • The school that you apply to on your application, is an Ascend Learning Trust school, and is for general location only. We cannot guarantee a placement at this school.
  • Placement schools will depend upon the capacity they have to support trainees and can vary each year.
  • We aim to place you in a school no more than 30-45 minutes commute, wherever possible.

Main Placements:

  • You will have 2 placement schools during your training year.
  • Host Placement school: you will attend here between September - December and between Easter - June.
  • Complementary Placement school: you will attend here between January - Easter.
  • Your progress will be monitored throughout, with progress check points at the end of each placement.

We also aim to offer trainees:

  • Time in a Primary school to experience an alternative phase provision and provide an understanding of the transition between Primary and Secondary schools.
  • Time in a specialist provision school.

Teaching Timetable:

  • You will be in your Host School placement from the first day of the school year.
  • You will initially observe classes and work alongside the class teacher.
  • This will increase to team-teaching, lesson planning and lesson sequencing.
  • You will build up to teach approximately 40% of the timetable by Christmas.
  • By the end of the year, you will be following a 70%-80% teaching timetable.
  • By the end of the course you will develop high level teaching skills and be able to demonstrate that you can meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Hours Worked:

  • Expect to be in school from approximately 08.15am until 4.00/5.00pm each day.
  • You may have to attend after-school meetings or extra-curricular clubs.
  • Expect to work at home in the evenings and weekends to prepare school work and PGCE assignments.
  • Central/Subject specific training times: Usually 09.30am - 4.30pm, and occasional ‘twilight’ virtual sessions.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement 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

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

  • At least 50% of your degree should be related to the subject you wish to teach.
  • We will consider other degree outcomes, dependant upon experience and subject knowledge.
  • An A-level/or equivalent in your chosen subject is preferred, but not essential.

Your degree subject should be in history 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.

NWSCITT only accept equivalency tests from:

  • Equivalency Testing
  • A Star Equivalency

  • If you have an equivalency test from another provider, you will be required to retake one of the above tests.

  • You must allow enough time to complete your Equivalency Test and have the results prior to the course starting.

  • Equivalency tests are only suitable for someone who has previously taken a GCSE and not achieved grade C/4 or higher. If you have not attempted the GCSE, you will be required take a full GCSE.

  • We do not accept Functional Skills Tests.

  • Additional guidance can be found at on other qualifications that we do not accept.

  • If unsure please email:

Personal qualities

You should:

  • Have a passion for History
  • Knowledge of Medieval, 19th and 20th century history
  • Be inspirational and committed to education.
  • Be flexible, resilient and adaptive.
  • Be a confident communicator.
  • Have good time management skills.
  • Be able to remain calm and focused under pressure.
  • Be prepared to work hard and be organised.

School Experience:

  • This will help you to understand the role of an History teacher and make an informed decision as to whether teaching is the right career choice for you.

Other requirements

NWSCITT is committed to safeguarding. We will check against

  • Enhanced DBS and Children’s Barred List
  • The Teacher Regulation Agency
  • Additional references and work history

If you have lived abroad in the last 10 years:

  • You will need to present a Certificate of Good Conduct or Police Check from that country

Fitness to teach:

  • You will need to complete a medical report to show you meet the standards for “Fitness to Teach”.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

  • 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

Who we are:

North Wiltshire SCITT provides Initial Teaching Training (ITT) for Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding areas. We are based in Royal Wootton Bassett and work with over 40 Partnership Schools based in Wiltshire, Swindon and surrounding areas, including those from the Ascend Learning Trust.

We are 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.”

What we offer:

  • We provide high quality initial teacher training delivered by current practitioners across the Partnership.

  • Primary (5-11 years) ITT programme

  • Secondary (11-16 years and 14-19 years) ITT programmes

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by NWSCITT

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 with 60 Master’s credits, accredited by Bath Spa University.

  • Small co-horts to enable a personalised provision.

  • 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 high quality 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 start in November and take place at North Wiltshire SCITT. We can interview virtually if required.

Interviews will consist of, but not limited to:

  • Planning for a small teaching task.
  • A subject knowledge interview.
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject leaders.
  • You may be asked to attend an additional meeting within a school environment. This may involve a further teaching activity.

  • You must present your original qualifications and identification at interview. Any outstanding qualification must be presented prior to starting the 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

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. Reasonable adjustments can be made, such as:

  • 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

  • With your permission, we will ensure that your placement schools and venues are aware of any disabilities or health conditions

  • Ensuring that candidates with hearing and/or sight impairments are seated appropriately to facilitate access to presentation content and instructions

  • Supporting scribes if required, and ensuring that closed captions are available during virtual sessions.

Please make us aware of any disabilities or other needs. All information is treated in confidence.

Contact this training provider

01793 781511
North Wiltshire SCITT, Teacher Education Centre
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, Lime Kiln
Royal Wootton Bassett

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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