Fylde Coast SCITT Primary (3-7) (AT89)

QTS full time

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

As a primary trainee teacher on our SCITT, you will train to teach in early years and key stage one [3-7 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 and reflection alongside.

We have a vastly varied partnership and our schools are based on the Fylde Coast so you will rarely have to travel far. We have our own life coach, and our mission is to train healthy teachers for future generations in our area.

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.

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. 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 English, maths and science certificates at the point of application, you should contact the relevant Examination Board(s) to request duplicates.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £7,300.

Online PGCE available alongside the QTS programme with our partner, Leeds Beckett 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 with Early Years specialism; QTS 5-11; QTS 5-11 with Special Educational Needs specialism; QTS 11-16; QTS 11-19.

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 best possible start to your teaching career.

Secondly, because our trainees don’t have to attend University lectures, we have time to give them a broad 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 trauma training. We also give our secondary 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 (early years or key stage one). 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. 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 students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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 its 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 Ofsted inspection report 2017, 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

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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