Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

North Wiltshire SCITT History (2LM3)

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Course Awards:

  • QTS and PGCE with 60 Masters credits

Course Structure:

  • 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.

QTS Award:

  • To be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), trainees must evidence that they have met all of the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.


  • The Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is accredited by Bath Spa University and successful completion will result in a PGCE with 60 Masters credits.
  • Trainees will be required to pass all three PGCE assignments.
  • There will be three assignment launch lectures (held at either our Royal Wootton Bassett training centre or one of our partnership schools,) Q&A sessions and tutorials organised by Bath Spa University tutors.
  • There are no expectations for trainees to travel to Bath Spa University, as all resources are available online. However, they will be registered as a student of the University and are welcome to use their facilities should they wish to do so.


  • 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

Main Placements:

  • You will have 2 contrasting placement schools during your training year.
  • 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 over 40 secondary and primary partnership schools across Wiltshire, Swindon and surrounding areas that offer placements to our trainees.
  • NWSCITT will arrange your placement schools for you.
  • 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 30-40 minute commute of your home.

Alternative Placements:

  • In addition to the two main school placements, we aim to offer trainees the experience of short primary and specialist school placements to provide an understanding of alternative phase and alternative provision schools (Covid restrictions permitting).

Teaching Timetable and Hours Worked:

  • The programme starts at the beginning of the school year in your Host placement school.
  • Trainees will initially observe classes and work alongside the class teacher.
  • This will increase to team-teaching and small group teaching. Eventually, trainees will take on responsibility for entire classes, lesson planning and lesson sequencing.
  • Trainees can expect to begin by following a 40% teaching timetable, gradually increasing to 70%-80% by the end of the year. By this point trainees should have developed high level teaching skills.
  • Please expect to work full days during your course. It is also highly likely that you will be working outside of normal working hours at home. -Please expect subject and central training days to run from 09.00am-4.00pm, subject to variation.


  • 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, or removal of alternative placements if not feasible.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Lawn Manor Academy
Salcombe Grove, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 1ER
Main Site
Lime Kiln, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 7HF

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

  • NWSCITT prefer your degree to be at least a 2:2 or higher. However, we will consider all degrees.
  • NWSCITT expect at least 50% of your degree to be related to your chosen subject area.
  • An A-level in your chosen subject area (or similar) is also 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.

  • 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.

Personal qualities

We look for:

  • Inspirational trainees, with a passion for History, who are committed to education.
  • Ideally, an understanding and awareness of the History content areas within the National Curriculum should be demonstrated.
  • Flexibility, initiative, resilience.
  • Be a confident communicator.
  • Excellent time management
  • Be able to remain calm and focused under pressure.
  • A team player.
  • Prepared to work hard and be organised.

School Experience:

  • Whilst not a requirement of the course, it is beneficial to gain some school experience to understand the role of a teacher in the classroom.

Other requirements

Safeguarding Commitment:

  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced (DBS) and barred list check. You will also be checked against the Teacher Regulation Agency.
  • If you have lived abroad in the last 10 years, you will be required to present a Certificate of Good Conduct or Police Check from that country.
  • We reserve the right to check references and work history

Fitness to teach:

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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 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 is an Outstanding Provider (Ofsted 2017).

  • North Wiltshire SCITT provides Initial Teaching Training (ITT) for Swindon, Wiltshire and beyond.

  • We are based at the Teacher Education Centre in Royal Wootton Bassett but work with over 40 partnership schools based in Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding areas.

Our vision:

  • “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 offer ITT programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 with 60 masters credits, in both the Primary and Secondary fields of education.

  • North Wiltshire SCITT 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 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 will be held at regular intervals starting in early November.

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

Interviews will consist of, but not limited to:

  • A small teaching task,
  • A self-reflection task,
  • A subject knowledge interview
  • A formal interview with senior staff and subject leaders.

  • You will be expected to present original qualification and identification for verification at interview. You will also be expected to present these in person prior to starting the course.

  • If you are provided with a conditional offer, you will also be expected to sit short fundamental key skills maths and literacy diagnostic assessments. These will not form part of any offer made to you, but you will be expected to have demonstrated competency in these skills prior to us awarding your QTS.

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

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022