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.

Northern Lights SCITT Mathematics (2LF4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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

The programme is full time and runs from September until the end of June. The programme is divided into three stages all of which are delivered in the school setting: Stage 1, from September to just before Christmas, includes an initial focus on both professional learning and subject knowledge/pedagogy and a placement in your first school.
Stage 2, from Christmas to March, includes further professional learning and subject studies and then a full time teaching placement in your second school. Stage 3, from March to June, begins with a week of further professional learning and then your placement in your second school resumes culminating in a 60% teaching timetable alongside additional student focussed activity. An enrichment block follows this placement with the opportunity to extend experience to a very different setting. Further professional learning days (about 5 in total) occur in the middle and end of this placement. This professional learning will include preparation and transition to employment. Other enrichment opportunities are scheduled in March, focussing on key national priorities for example phonics teaching in primary school.
During the year and in teaching placements, trainees will be supported by school mentors and their subject lead tutors. Subject lead tutors are assigned to trainees to support them throughout the year. These are all experienced and current classroom practitioners. Personalisation is at the heart of the programme. Subject Leads and Mentors have key roles in ensuring that, not only is personalisation meaningful for every trainee but that support and guidance are built in and readily available on a day to day basis. The Subject Lead stays with the trainee throughout the year mentoring, coaching and supporting acceleration and consolidation as appropriate. Mentors are specialists who support each trainee through the day to day issues and opportunities that every new teacher faces in the classroom as they put in place the building blocks of learning. Current trainee feedback: ‘My thoughts about the course so far… The launch was fantastic. …… I began to appreciate the key features of learning from the point of view of both teacher and student. I realised how important teachers are in the lives of young people. I am now in my first placement and it’s great.’

School placements

Personalisation is at the heart of our programme, we consider carefully each school placement and every trainee is supported by a specialist mentor. All our trainees will train to teach in KS3 and KS4. All trainees will have placements in two schools to give them a diverse learning experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Mathematics 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.

Other requirements

We expect you to have an understanding of the current key issues relating to teaching and learning in their curriculum and age range. Ideally, this will be through recent experience of being in a classroom and working with pupils in the United Kingdom. Please evidence this on your personal statement.

You will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS Check if your application to train with us is successful.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Northern Lights SCITT shapes committed, creative and passionate individuals into responsive, inspirational and highly skilled teachers. Together, we transform the lives of young people.

We are very proud of our course. With us, you will benefit from an engaging research-based professional learning programme that is responsive to each Trainee’s professional needs. Your professional learning programme is embedded into every placement to ensure your learning is contextualised and meaningful.

At Northern Lights we have a strong team of outstanding practitioners committed to your professional development and personal wellbeing. Your Mentors are highly skilled, experienced teachers who will support and challenge you to be the best teacher you can be. Our team of Primary and Secondary Leads are experts in their areas and will support you to develop your subject knowledge and expertise.

After you qualify with us, we want you to start your first teaching post prepared and confident. With the range of skills and experiences you gain from your training with us, we know you will be an asset to your future employer as you build your career. Many of our trainees secure their first teaching posts in our partner schools, who acknowledge the breadth and depth of training we provide.

As an integral part of the course, trainees will study Masters’ level modules which will lead to a PGCE and can be used as 60 credits towards an MA from Leeds Trinity University.

Interview process

Senior staff and subject leaders from partnership schools will be involved in the selection process. Interviews will be based in a secondary school within the Alliance and will consist of a number of different elements. These will include working alongside a subject specialist and students in a classroom as well as a written task and a formal interview, which will begin with a short presentation by the candidate. Through this process we assess applicants’ subject specific knowledge and their communication skills. During COVID we will make any necessary changes to this process to ensure candidates’ safety.

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

Northern Lights SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class.

Contact this training provider

01756 707628
Skipton Girls' High School
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1QL

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