i2i Teaching Partnership
History (2XLZ)

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.

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


About the course

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. The increase in your teaching time is bespoke to your own rate of progress.

In addition to your main placement you will have a six week second placement, a three day primary placement, a two 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 6 Subject Study days.

Professional Studies training takes place every Monday at either of our two training Hubs, Weydon School in Farnham or Reigate School in 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. This element of the programme will focus on the specifics of how to teach your subject, providing you with the appropriate pedagogical knowledge to prepare you to teach History 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 the University of Sussex and delivered via regular centre-based training sessions by a University of Sussex Link Tutor. There is no requirement to travel to Brighton but all Trainees are welcome to visit the University to access the library and keynote lectures. All materials are available through the University of Sussex website.

For further information please click here to visit the i2i website

Interview process

Once we receive your application through UCAS we will invite you to attend an interview within approximately one week. The interview itself will be held at the SCITT training base at Weydon and is of half a day’s duration. The interview will consist of:

  • A tour of the school
  • A subject knowledge competency assessment. This is usually part of a GCSE paper
  • A 20 minute practical activity with a small group of children
  • A panel interview with the SCITT Director and a subject expert

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 UCAS. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback on their performance.

Click here to visit the i2i website for more information

How school placements work

The i2i partnership consists of 25 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.

We do offer a limited amount of accommodation to rent adjacent to Weydon School within a four bedroom detached house on a fixed one-year tenancy.

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 short KS2 and KS5 placement at a primary school (three days), a Sixth Form (two days), 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.


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

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • First degree - graded 2:2 or above; this should ideally be in History or a subject related to or with elements of History

  • 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalent) - graded A*- C (4-9) which must include Maths & English Language

  • If your degree is not in History or related, an A Level in History is highly desirable

If your degree or high school education were undertaken outside the UK, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC: https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/

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

All Trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify suitability for working with young people. If you have lived overseas for more than 12 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 on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigours of the teaching profession.

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 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.

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.

The University of Sussex welcomes all students and has a dedicated Student Support Unit which offers support and advice to students with any disability or diagnosed long-term health condition that will affect their studies.

Contact details

01252 725 052
Weydon School
Weydon Lane


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Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Weydon School, Weydon Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8UG
Yes -
Reigate School
Pendleton Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7NT
Yes V

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