Fylde Coast SCITT Primary (38DZ)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

As a primary trainee teacher on our SCITT, you will train to teach in key stage one and two (5-11 year olds). You will experience contrasting placements in our partner schools alongside experienced mentors who will focus on your phase-specific knowledge and skills throughout the year.

You will spend most of your time in school, learning how to teach from experienced practitioners. Your bespoke, personalised timetable will grow organically as you progress through the SCITT curriculum and ensure absolute synergy between what you learn on professional studies days, and what you then apply in the classroom.

Your assigned mentor will support you and meet with you on a weekly basis to review and reflect on your training. You will regularly come together with your fellow trainees to explore the 4 core pillars of our curriculum and everything we learn will be anchored in those. You will receive training sessions from a wider range of experienced practitioners, covering all areas of primary education. You will complete three assignments, one per term, and they focus on: curriculum sequencing and implementation, understanding our local context and meeting the needs of our children, and how you have and will make an impact on the Fylde Coast. There are no lengthy essays but we promote lots of reading, research and reflection alongside.

We have a vastly varied partnership and our schools are based in the northwest so you will rarely have to travel far, although access to your own car would be beneficial. We place wellbeing and healthy habits at the very heart of our curriculum intent, and our mission is to train healthy teachers for future generations in our region.

School placements

We very carefully select your school placements based on what we learn about you on the assessment day. The Fylde Coast is a 13 mile square-shaped peninsula so travel times between schools is minimal but access to a car is highly recommended for ease.

We partner with over 20 local schools and you will teach in both key stage one and key stage two and in two contrasting schools settings. We have enhancement visits on the calendar where you will have opportunities to enhance your curriculum experience by selecting visits to a wide variety of settings including: nursery schools, secondary schools, sixth forms, special school, schools with a high percentage of English as an Additional Language, church schools, forest schools and beach schools.

You could also opt to visit our local pupil referral units. This is the beauty of our varied partnership, and a unique aspect of our SCITT provision.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

The Fylde Coast SCITT offer equivalency tests in English, maths and science at a cost of £50. However, we are unable to offer a revision package.

Personal qualities

Successful candidates have strong communication and interpersonal skills. They have clarity in their expression and display a positive energy. They often demonstrate a love of learning and this enthuses those around them. They have a confident awareness of the role of a teacher and the impact they can have on the life chances of young people. They are inclusive. We welcome applications from anyone who meets the entry requirements and has a genuine commitment to improving the lives of young people in our region.

Other requirements

You will receive a very detailed set of instructions prior to the assessment day. However, we would strongly recommend that if you haven’t got your original GCSE certificates at the point of application, you should contact the relevant Examination Board(s) to request duplicates.

We also highly recommend having access to a car/your own transport.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,705.

Online PGCE available alongside the QTS programme with our partner, Sheffield Hallam University. The fees for QTS with PGCE are £9250.

About the training provider

Our programmes are school-centred initial teacher training programmes and all lead to Qualified Teacher Status with the option of an online PGCE alongside. Our programmes are designed to maximise time spent on the job, in contrasting schools, to fully prepare candidates for life as a teacher in the area. As the one-stop shop for teacher training in the North West, we offer the following programmes:

QTS 3-7; QTS 5-11; QTS 11-16; QTS 14-19; QTS 11-18.

Firstly, our programmes are completely personalised to each candidate; no two people have the same experience because we know our trainees come from all walks of life. We tailor the year to maximise your skills and ensure you have the strongest possible start to your teaching career.

Secondly, we provide a broad, subject-distinct and carefully sequenced curriculum in total synergy with their school placements. Our trainees teach in a wide range of settings and sequentially learn the skills and knowledge to teach pupils from all backgrounds and of all abilities.

Finally, our programmes are competitively priced because we know graduates are already carrying huge university debts. All of our trainees complete additional qualifications, included in the price, which make them much more employable including trauma training & neuro-linguistic programming. We also give all trainees a free qualification alongside so they all leave as qualified teachers of PSHE Association [Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education].

Please visit our website for further information: https://www.fyldecoastscitt.co.uk/

Interview process

Our assessment days are rigorous, but candidates always report that they are an enjoyable experience and certainly serve to provide further confirmation that this is the right career choice for them.

We ask candidates to bring a book of their choice to read to a group of pupils within the primary age range (key stage one or key stage two). On the day you may be asked to read this to a pupil panel or to the interviewers. You will also have literacy and numeracy tests on the day to assess your fundamental skills and to ascertain any areas for development.

The discussions will focus on the curriculum and your understanding of how children learn and how the core and foundation subjects explain the world around us. It may sound daunting, but it is extremely supportive and we will make all reasonable adjustments a candidate may need on the day. We are assessing your capacity to train to teach, not yet your capacity to teach.

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

The Fylde Coast SCITT encourages the development of a teacher training community in which diversity is valued. An important part of putting this into practice is a commitment to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of disability in all training matters, to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability and to ensure that our recruitment and selection processes are fully accessible.

At the point of application, we ask candidates if they need any adjustments for the assessment day or any extra time to complete the activities. We make it clear that any information will always be kept strictly confidential unless they agree to it being shared with schools or mentors.

We meet individually with trainees regularly about their needs. Trainees have different learning needs and are members of diverse communities: a trainee with dyslexia may also be a single parent and a trainee with depression may also be struggling with finance. Talking to trainees about their individual needs early, and ensuring all reasonable adjustments are in place before they begin their placements in schools, is crucial.

In our Outstanding Ofsted inspection report, it states: Both pastoral support and wrap-around, bespoke care across the partnership are outstanding. Every trainee teacher has access to the partnership’s life coach. He delivers regular sessions to individuals and to the cohort on developing resilience, maintaining a work–life balance and ensuring emotional well-being. Trainees really value this unique feature of the partnership.

Contact this training provider

01253 209199
Fylde Coast SCITT
Blackpool Sixth Form College
Blackpool Old Road

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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