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.

i2i Teaching Partnership Art and Design (2XLT)

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

As an i2i Trainee you will spend the majority of your time in your main placement school where you will be part of the school community from the very start. You will be assigned a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor to support and guide you. You will be introduced to the practice of teaching in a structured way, building up your teaching experience and timetable at a pace that matches your readiness.

In addition to your main placement you will have a six week second placement, a one day primary placement, a one day KS5 placement and 2 days of enrichment placements in an SEN and PRU setting. These will give you the opportunity to extend your practice and understand a wide variety of educational settings.

Centre-based training consists of weekly Professional Studies days and Subject Study days.

Professional Studies training takes place every Monday at either of our two training Hubs in Farnham or Reigate. These sessions will immerse you in a rich and stimulating professional learning environment; you will receive practical strategies and ideas to develop your practice within the classroom, and reflect upon your school experience. The programme is front-loaded in the first half term - Professional Studies training takes place on Friday as well as Monday. There are no sessions during the latter part of the summer term in order to give you experience of ‘block’ teaching time when your timetable is at its fullest.

Subject Studies training days are led by subject experts chosen for their renowned reputation as skilled trainers and outstanding practitioners. There are six sessions, where you work alongside your fellow Art Trainees. Your Subject Tutor will work with you to develop your subject specific pedagogical knowledge both with regards to developing a bank of different approaches and strategies which can be taken back to the classroom and applied to your teaching, and practical skills which will enhance your own subject knowledge. This element of the programme will focus on the key art disciplines you are likely to encounter as an Art Teacher, preparing you to teach Art to a high level.

The i2i programme will support you to achieve both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE. The PGCE element is accredited by Bath Spa University and delivered via regular centre-based training sessions.

For further information please click here to visit the i2i website

School placements

The i2i partnership consists of 26 highly successful secondary schools around Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex, all committed to providing outstanding teacher training and all experienced in delivering and leading initial teacher training.

Placing trainees is a complex process and we take many factors into consideration when doing so. These factors include:

  • Establishing which schools in the partnership have the capacity to host a trainee in a particular subject (please note this may not be the most local school to you)
  • Selecting a Mentor who will be the best fit for the trainee
  • Establishing at interview where the candidate will be living for the course, if the candidate drives and if they have access to a car or if they will be dependent on public transport.

We do not expect trainees to travel for longer than an hour each way to their placement school. Trainee journeys to their placement schools are typically between 20 - 40 minutes and we always do our best to accommodate trainees’ personal circumstances when placing them.

Trainees will spend the first term in their main placement school. After Christmas, trainees will be given a six-week contrasting second placement until the February half term, after which they will return to their main placement school.

All of our Initial Teacher Training courses teach the age range 11-16 so every trainee will get an exposure to teaching Key Stages 3 and 4.

Trainees will also do one day KS2 and KS5 placements at a primary school, a Sixth Form, and one day enrichment placements in an SEN (Special Educational Needs) and PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) setting.

All our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young children and safer recruitment procedures are followed by the i2i SCITT Partnership. We expect all staff and trainees to share responsibility for this.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Reigate School Training Hub
Pendleton Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7NT
Weydon School Training Hub
Weydon School, Weydon Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8UG

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

We ideally look for candidates with a degree subject that matches, or is closely related to Art and Design. We will, however, consider applications from candidates without a related degree if they can demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge and expertise, either through work or through A’ Level subjects or further studies.

Your degree subject should be in Art and Design 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.

Personal qualities

If you are enthusiastic and determined, and aspire to become an excellent teacher then we would love to hear from you. We look for the following personal qualities:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • A passion for your subject
  • An innate ability to communicate and relate to young people
  • A positive outlook and resilient nature
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities
  • A passion and drive for delivering first class education.

Other requirements

The i2i SCITT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all our staff and trainees to share this commitment.

Self-disclosure will be required as part of the recruitment process and all successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced-level DBS check. If you have lived overseas for more than 3 months in the past 10 years, you will need to provide an overseas police check.

All Trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigours of the teaching profession.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The i2i Teaching Partnership is an alliance of highly successful secondary schools in Surrey, Hampshire, Middlesex and Berkshire delivering a first class highly supportive and responsive School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme leading to both QTS and PGCE.

Our programme provides high quality school-led and centre-based training, enabling all trainees to develop into confident and competent professionals. Our programme will immerse you in a school setting right from the start, with expert Mentors to guide and support you. Employment rates are high, and career progression and continuing professional development is embedded into our culture.

Our broad network of partnership schools present exciting, varied training possibilities, including six schools with a sixth form, two special needs schools, and two training hubs; Weydon School in Farnham and Reigate School in Reigate.

At i2i we feel that it is not just about “what” we do, but also “why” we do it. Our vision for training teachers is about ensuring that the education system in this area, and further afield, has highly skilled teachers who can support the progress, love of lifelong learning and life chances of all the young people they work with.

By supporting you in your training year, and beyond, we know that you will help us achieve our vision and transform the lives of the next generation.

We are proud of our supportive approach and strong reputation, and invite you to visit our website to learn more about what we believe is a truly exceptional programme.

Interview process

Once we receive your application, successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The interview will be held at the SCITT training base at Weydon and is of half a day’s duration.

The interview will consist of:

  • A literacy test
  • A lesson observation
  • A 20 minute practical activity with a small group of children
  • A panel interview with the SCITT Director and other SCITT member
  • Coffee and chat with a current Trainee

You will be asked to complete a subject knowledge competency assessment ahead of your interview.

You will be sent interview details in advance so you have plenty of time for preparation. We aim to make your interview as welcoming, enjoyable and informative as possible, enabling you to perform at your best and to gain the knowledge you need to accept a place if offered. Decisions about the offer are made very soon after the interview and the outcomes communicated through both the SCITT and DfE Apply.

Click here to visit the i2i website for more information

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

Our partner schools are all committed to equal opportunities. As school sites differ, those applicants with physical disabilities should contact the SCITT Administrator for details of the partner schools best suited to their needs. All our partner schools have the expertise to support applicants with learning disabilities.

If required, any Trainees with additional needs are given extra, appropriate support through our own Risk Assessment system. This is a confidential support mechanism, tailored to the needs of the individual.

Contact this training provider

01252 725 052
Weydon School
Weydon Lane

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