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.

Growing Expert Teachers Primary (2S8T)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
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
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 School Direct programme involves both practical learning in school together with training at the SCITT headquarters in Somerset. The current training pattern is as follows:

  • First half of each term: Mon - Wed = school based; Thurs + Fri = training
  • Second half of each term: Mon - Fri = school based only

There are three main written assignments required of trainees over the course of the training period, including one that involves some action research. Full guidance and support are offered to trainees.

School placements

Trainees spend the majority of their teaching experience in one school (known as the host school) in one class or year group. During the Spring term, trainees have a second placement (known as Placement B) in a different school within the Consortium; this placement must be in a different Key Stage from the main placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

Please contact Somerset SCITT to check on equivalency tests that are accepted

Personal qualities

Candidates need to demonstrate their ability to ‘hit the ground running’ from Day 1. They need to be confident, highly motivated, organised and flexible.

Ideally, candidates will be able to describe their relevant experience working with children, whether voluntarily or within a school context.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The ‘Growing Expert Teachers’ School Direct Consortium is a group of primary schools across North Somerset, led by Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea. It provides high quality, school-based experience and training in partnership with Somerset SCITT. The course will provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The School Direct Consortium aims to create a pathway of the highest quality training and possible succession opportunities for trainees within its partner schools.

The School Direct training programme is for high quality graduates who want to train as part of a school team from day one. We offer placements across the Early Years and Primary phase from Nursery to Year 6. In addition, applicants with an interest in training within a Special School setting may be able to do so from September 2022.

Our pupils are happy, enthusiastic and reflective learners who are at the heart of everything we do. Many pupils out-perform their peers nationally and make significantly more progress; pupils’ attainment at the end of the FS and Key Stages 1 and 2 are above national averages. Our teachers are excellent practitioners who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

The schools have a history of collaborative team work, working together on areas such as Curriculum Design, assessment and English and form a strong and supportive partnership.

Full details can be found on the Golden Valley Primary School (Nailsea) website.

About the accredited body

Somerset SCITT’s partnership with the University of Worcester has grown and developed since 1997, providing high quality, local teacher training to benefit the education of young people across the Southwest.

In 2017 Somerset SCITT was awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (in all areas).

Our ethos is:

  • To contribute to the quality and status of the teaching profession by training effective teachers.

  • To encourage trainees to explore their training as a basis for their continuing professional development.

  • To help Trainees become familiar with a range of professional and educational issues by applying their growing knowledge and skills in a practical and supportive environment.

Interview process

Candidates’ applications are short-listed by Somerset SCITT. Successful candidates are then invited to interview. The selection process for this programme includes a group task with pupils, a presentation and a formal interview.

The interview panel consists of Headteachers from the Consortium and colleagues from Somerset SCITT.

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 ‘Growing Expert Teachers’ School Direct Programme is inclusive and welcomes applications from potential trainees who may have a disability or other need.

A previous dyslexic trainee was given additional support and had certain allowances made, for example, extensions to assignment deadlines. She was the first of her cohort of trainees to secure a permanent position!

If successfully recruited to the programme, candidates with physical, hearing and visual impairments will be placed in appropriate settings for their placements.

Candidates with any specific need that is declared will be offered appropriate support within the resources available at school level or via the ITT partner.

Contact this training provider

01275 853077
Golden Valley Primary School
Nailsea Park
North Somerset
BS48 1BB

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