Prestolee SCITT Primary (Q254)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
18 months - part time
Date you can apply from
19 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Why study this course?

By choosing to train as a primary teacher at Prestolee School-Centred Initial Teacher Training through our part time route, you’ll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. We focus on innovative learning within the classroom and give you hands-on practical experience alongside relevant theory and up-to-date research developments.

Our trainees attain highly, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course, and 96% obtaining employment, many in their placement schools.

More about this course

This exciting QTS only course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and prepares you to teach across the primary phases.

Our course gives you room to develop your classroom practice as well as examine the underlying principles and values around educational issues. With its educational links and high-quality teaching, this provider is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted:

‘Excellent training provides trainees with high levels of subject knowledge, an impressive range of teaching skills and highly effective strategies to manage behaviour very successfully across a range of schools. Consequently, by the time they complete the programme, the majority of trainees demonstrate outstanding practice in their teaching.’

‘The partnership provides trainees with excellent, individualised mentor support which encourages them to become highly reflective and thoughtful. This high-quality support also extends to exemplary pastoral care for trainees.’

Course structure

Our part-time SCITT curriculum begins in September 2023 and finishes in April 2025. It runs Monday-Wednesday and involves a split between centre-based and school-based training. The training days will be hosted and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools.


Your assessment will consist of three elements:

  • Three school placements across a minimum of two schools

  • A Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled across the programme, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience

  • Educational Research, which allows you to explore current educational approaches

School placements

The part time route is a three day programme and will follow this pattern:

 School Placement A: September 2023-July 2024

 School Placement B: September 2024-April 2025

Placements will be completed in a minimum of two schools and two contrasting key stages.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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.

We offer our own equivalency programme at Prestolee SCITT. Our full support package offers 1.5 hour long online tutor-led revision sessions for each subject. These are held over four consecutive weeks in preparation for your Equivalency Test. These sessions are held remotely via Zoom and cover both subject content and question practise. Our full support package costs £180 per subject. If you are not able to join our online revision sessions or feel that, with some self-revision, your subject knowledge is already sufficient, we offer standalone GCSE Equivalency Tests in English, Mathematics and Science. The standalone exams cost £95 per subject.

Personal qualities

Put simply, we are looking for potential. More specifically, we are looking for candidates who have the qualities required for a career in teaching, the potential to turn these qualities into a journey towards becoming a great teacher, and the work ethic and determination required to make this a reality. We want to hear from people who are personable, friendly and engaging; have a strong work ethic and a positive outlook; who understand the importance of teaching and want to make a difference.

Other requirements

School experience is not essential in order to apply for one of our courses. However, you may find it beneficial to have some school experience for the interview process where you will be asked to plan a ‘mini-teach’ – a short lesson to a small group of pupils. You may also be asked questions which relate to the classroom. All offers will be conditional of DBS and Fitness to Teach checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,500.

The fees are split over the two calendar years that the course spans.

Year 1: January 2022 - December 2022: £6,000 (80 credits) Year 2: January 2023 - July 2023: £3,500 (40 credits)

Trainees have 2 options for payment, either via a loan from Student Finance or via self-funding. If you fund via Student Finance, once your loan application is approved the payments will be made directly to us and you do not need to take any further action. If you self-fund, payments can be made by BACS.

About the training provider

Joining #teampresto as an ITT trainee gives aspiring teachers the opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and successful teams of teachers and leaders in Greater Manchester.

The name ‘Prestolee’ is synonymous with educational innovation, with the legacy of famous Headteacher Teddy O’Neill continuing to this day through the work of Prestolee: an outstanding primary school, a National Teaching School and an established teacher training provider. Prestolee School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) aims to ensure you are supported to become the best teaching practitioner and future leader you can be. We work with a number of schools to ensure you can undertake your primary school placement at different locations across the region.

Interview process

Interviews will be conducted by two members of the SCITT leadership team. Full details and requirements of the interview will be provided after the application and selection process.

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

Prestolee SCITT is inclusive and recognises its obligation to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students and those diagnosed with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), long-term health condition or mental health condition. We are keen to ensure these can be put in place to support students when applying to and studying at Prestolee. Therefore, we encourage disabled applicants to get in touch with our admissions office as soon as possible to discuss any requirements and their application.

Contact this training provider

Prestolee Primary School
Church Road
Greater Manchester
M26 1HJ

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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