Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT Music (2MFL)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The AMP SCITT 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 first post and Early Career Framework.

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 experienced teachers within our schools who are able to model best current practice. The course structure is

  • 38 working weeks in length.
  • Term 1: 4 days a week on school placement and 1 day a week participating in our Centre Based Training delivered at our Academy for Teacher Education, Vortex House.
  • 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 Masters level credit), assessed by two written assignments. There are 12 taught days which are delivered at the Academy of Teacher Education or Online. As a trainee teacher with AMP SCITT you will have full access to the Liverpool Hope University, the online library and student services to support your academic writing. Assessment for the QTS award is through an e-portfolio of evidence of your teaching practice and lesson observations. There are 5 review points across the training year to support your continued development.

School placements

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 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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
AMP SCITT @ LLT Academy of Teacher Education
Vortex House, Enterprise Way, Wavertree Technology Park, Liverpool, Merseyside, L13 1FB
Childwall Sports and Science Academy,
Fiveways, Queens Drive, Liverpool , Merseyside, L15 6XZ
Deyes High School
Deyes High School, Deyes Lane, , Maghull, Liverpool, Merseyside, L31 6DE
Greenbank High School
Hastings Road, , Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LT
South Wirral High School
Plymyard Avenue, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 8EH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in music 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.

We will discuss at interview costs and suitable providers.

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 or deeper understanding of the role of the teacher. We host school experience visits or virtual school experience to help applicants gain a deeper understanding. Click this link for further details.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

There is also an administration charge of £60 to cover the costs of the DBS and Fit to Teach certification.

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 teachers who ensure your learning is completely focused on working with and in schools. We have an excellent training and employment record. End of course evaluations also show our trainees are highly confident and feel that we have prepared them well for their future careers. The wide variety of primary and secondary schools we work with is a major strength of the partnership. We can offer trainees a teaching experience in mixed comprehensives or a single sex school, age ranges from 3-18, faith schools and Academies. In short AMP SCITT 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 transition to ect Induction by creating a supportive community network. Links to all the partner schools can be found on our website. Our trainees graduate with a PGCE with QTS including 60 credits at Post Graduate level towards a Masters degree through Liverpool Hope University. To access our website, please click here

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your APPLY 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 usually hosted at our Academy of Teacher Education or a partner school. Online interviews are available if required.

The interview day is usually within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application. The interview process will include the following:

  • Opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
  • A panel interview probing knowledge of teaching and your subject
  • Deliver a prepared presentation
  • 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. Our interview helps us to identify personalised support to prepare for the start of your course.

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

We endeavour to ensure equality of training and teaching opportunities 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 condition.

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 application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

0151 8324340
Vortex House
Enterprise Way, Wavertree Technology Park
L13 1FB

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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