Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT
Geography (2MDN)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The AMP SCITT School Direct model is a school based, 100% teacher led training route. Many trainees go on to work within the Associated Merseyside Partnership (AMP), although there is no absolute guarantee of employment.

Key aspects of the training

  • Day one in school- you start on the first day of term as a member of staff, welcomed by your fellow teaching professionals.
  • Develop the skills, enthusiasm and confidence, you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities through two separate and contrasting placements
  • Build your knowledge of education and your subject specialism through working with practising teachers and the latest educational research.
  • Learn about the wider role of teachers in school and child development.
  • Develop as a reflective practitioner and be fully prepared for your NQT year.

This is an intense school led programme. Support is an important part of the training and you will receive personalised coaching that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential. You will receive support from;

  • School Subject Coach
  • School Professional Mentor
  • SCITT Management team
  • A subject Expert Practitioner

One of the major strengths is that the training is delivered throughout the course by practising teachers within our schools who are able to model best current practice. The course structure is

  • 37 working weeks in length.
  • Term 1: 4 days a week on school placement and 1 day a week participating in our professional studies programme based at Deyes High School.
  • Term 2 and 3: 5 days a week, in the classroom, teaching.

This means trainees will spend up to 150 days of the course actually training in school.

During the course you will also complete a PGCE (60 Master’s level credit), assessed by two written assignments. There are 12 taught days which are delivered at either Liverpool Hope University or Deyes High School. As a trainee teacher with AMP you will have full access to the Liverpool Hope University, the on-line library and student services to support your academic writing. Assessment for the QTS award is through an e-portfolio of evidence of your teaching practise and lesson observations. There are 4 review points across the training year to support your continued development.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your UCAS application. We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and your specialised subject. If you are successful, you will be invited to interview hosted at Deyes High School or one of our partner schools. The interview day is usually within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application. The interview process will include the following:

  • Tour of the School
  • Opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
  • An opportunity to work with students in a classroom
  • A subject knowledge interview with a subject specialist
  • A prepared presentation
  • Group Activity
  • Assessment of Fundamental English and Mathematics

At AMP SCITT we are looking for candidates who have a good understanding of their specialist subject, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young people and enable them to communicate effectively. Appropriate ICT and interpersonal skills with an awareness of teaching and educational issues is expected for a successful candidate. Based upon the activities listed above, shortlisting may occur and a panel interviews will take place for the successful candidates.

How school placements work

All trainee teachers are required to complete two contrasting school placements: with AMP SCITT the main placement is known as the Home School. In Term 2 you will experience a contrasting placement in your Away school for 6-8 weeks, returning to the Home school for the second half of term 2 and the whole of term 3. We have a personalised approach to placement selection. We utilise information from interview to select the most appropriate home school to allow you to develop quickly and then your away school placement is informed by your e-portfolio. For details of our 27 partner schools please review our website by clicking here. There will be some scope for trainees to have additional enrichment placements including Special Needs and pupil referral units depending upon your career aspirations and interests. Additionally, AMP SCITT will ensure all Secondary trainees experience post-16 teaching as our course is 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

There is also an administration charge of £60 for a DBS certificate.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £17,000
  • a bursary of £15,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.



Honours degree (2:2 classification or above) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. You should ideally be able to show that 50% of your degree can be related to your subject specialism. Subject knowledge can be further evidenced by a grade C or above in their chosen subject at A-level. GCSEs (or equivalents) at grade C / level 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalency tests are available for applicants who do not hold these qualifications and we can recommend suitable courses. Overseas applicants will need a NARIC equivalency certificate. Please click for further information.

Personal qualities

Great teachers inspire, so that’s just one of the qualities AMP SCITT looks for in our trainee teachers. Teachers are role models so you also need to have the ability to empower students to think critically, be innovative, creative, adaptable, passionate, and flexible. Your interpersonal skills need to encourage and motivate students and you should able to solve problems, self-direct, self-reflect, and lead.

Other requirements

You are also required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental English and Mathematics which will be assessed at interview. Although not essential applicants can benefit from relevant school experience. Click this link for further details.

About the training provider

The Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT (AMP) is a strong and collaborative partnership of schools in Merseyside and the wider area with a number of distinctive features that contribute to diversity and choice for our trainees. Our course is led by experienced practising teachers who ensure your learning is completely focused on working with and in schools. We have an excellent training and employment record. We are proud that the majority of our trainees complete the course graded outstanding and 100% qualify as teachers. Our employment statistics are also impressive. We continue our 100% record of AMP SCITT trainees working in education for the start of the new school year. Trainee satisfaction is also 100%, with end of course evaluations rating the training experience highly. The wide variety of primary and secondary partner schools is a major strength of the consortium. In secondary we can offer trainees a teaching experience in mixed comprehensives, 11-18 schools, Roman Catholic schools, a studio school and Academies. In short AMP has friendly, well equipped schools that offer a wide range of personalised educational experiences. We understand the needs of Initial Teacher Training and ensure a successful NQT year by creating a supportive community network. Links to all the partner schools can be found on our website in the Welcome section. Our trainees graduate with a PGCE with QTS including 60 credits at Post Graduate level towards a Master’s degree through Liverpool Hope University. To access our website, please click here

Training with disabilities and other needs

We endeavour to ensure equality of training and teaching opportunity across our diverse trainee teacher community. AMP SCITT will take reasonable steps to ensure that the general need for access and the specific requirements of individuals with additional support needs are addressed. Our team works with disabled students in order to minimise any potential disadvantage they may face because of their disability. Mental health and well-being Adjusting to a new role can be difficult for some. Stress factors such as moving away from home, course demands and financial worries can all impact on trainees’ mental well-being. We provide support for anyone who is experiencing any form of mental health difficulty. Counselling We provide access to a professional and confidential student counselling service to help you with any personal issues that may be affecting your studies, self-esteem, relationships, emotional or general feelings of well-being. Disability access Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their UCAS application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

Contact details

0151 526 3814
Vortex House,
Enterprise Way,
Wavertree Technology Park,
L13 1FB


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