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Catholic Schools Teaching School Alliance School Direct Primary (2YCY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leicester & Leicestershire SCITT
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Course summary

This Ofsted Outstanding School Direct course, leading to QTS and a full PGCE, is for trainee teachers with a particular interest in working in faith schools. Trainees on the CTK SD route will have an opportunity to take a teaching placement in a faith school.

Trainees undertaking this programme will opt to specialise in either Early Primary (3-7 years) or Primary (5-11 years). Specialising in an age range leads to accelerated progress and learning for trainees. It is important to note that specialising in one age range does not preclude you from teaching across the age ranges of primary school.

All trainees benefit from attending all the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT Early Primary or Primary training sessions alongside trainees on other SCITT and School Direct programmes.

Training sessions take place in bespoke training rooms within schools. Sessions are dynamic and engaging. Each of the 30-35 trainees quickly become known as unique individuals so SCITT trainers and management can mould training and select placements to fit each individual’s needs, working exactly as skilled teachers do with their pupils. This is a key strength of our programme, making the training personalised so that trainees are challenged and supported at every step in becoming the best teacher they can be.

The SCITT trainers are all leading experts in their fields, charismatic and passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. They include excellent practitioners from partner schools and consultants who will ensure trainees will swiftly establish an understanding of learning and developmental progression and how these are fundamental in teaching in foundation stage / KS1 or KS1/KS2.

Central training includes days spent working with exceptional teachers and their pupils, in exceptional partnership schools, so all trainees are exposed to best practice in teaching creatively and effectively. We want future pupils to love learning and our future teachers to love teaching!

An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits.  Trainees complete the equivalent of two 5000 word assignments within this internationally recognised PGCE award, receiving additional training at the University and are recognised as students of the University. This includes access to the library, sports and learning support facilities.

Click HERE for more information about the course design and timetables.

School placements

The SCITT partnership knows trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their class teacher on placement is vitally important.  The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 14 years, is a key strength of our training. The SCITT is proud that ALL of the top four of Leicestershire’s primary schools (The Real Schools Guide 2019) are our partners, offering placements and employing many SCITT trained teachers.

The consistently high quality of support on 3 different school placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins our success, making us one of the very top teacher training providers in the country (The Good Teacher Training Guides). This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings, including one guaranteed placement in a faith school. This allow trainees to experience the Christian ethos within a faith school, participating in collective worship, daily prayer and a sharing of faith. Our trainees complete training confident across the key stages and fully prepared to work in a wide variety of schools, ready to serve diverse pupil populations.

Placements are carefully matched to trainee’s development needs and SCITT management also take into account the fact that trainees may be using public transport to reach placement schools. Trainees with children are always thought about carefully so as to best support them as they juggle teaching demands with their own childcare arrangements.

The autumn placement starts with an introduction week, followed by a 7 week block. Spring and Summer terms have the same introduction week, followed by a 6 and 9 week block respectively. We have over 80 partner primary schools across the city and county which offers trainees a wide range of schools in which to gain experience.

Ofsted (2016) reported that “Placement schools are very carefully allocated to provide trainees with teaching experiences across the whole 5-11 age range in a variety of settings. This is an outstanding feature of the training.”

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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 science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching.

We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.

Other requirements

Having your own faith is not an essential requirement of this course.

A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such, it is important applicants understand the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.

Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach.

Fees and financial support

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

This is an unsalaried course

About the training provider

Christ the King’s School Direct programme is ideal for trainees who want to share their faith with their pupils. Christ the King (CTK) is an Outstanding primary school, (Ofsted Nov 2014) which was subsequently designated a Teaching School. It is located in a multi-cultural area, with varying rates of socio-economic deprivation. This School Direct programme will be delivered by the Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT which has been an Outstanding Primary Teacher Training provider for the last 10 years (Ofsted 2016). Over two-thirds of the teachers at CTK have been trained by the SCITT and the Early Primary course is based on their infant site.

All trainees gain an internationally recognised PGCE, worth 60 Masters level credits, awarded by the University of Leicester alongside QTS. In ‘The Real Schools Guide’ (2019) 7 out of 10 of Leicestershire’s top rated primary schools are SCITT partnership schools who currently employ many SCITT trained teachers. Teaching placements are carefully organised by course management for trainees, to support their individual development needs in teaching across three contrasting schools – one of which is guaranteed to be within a faith school within Leicestershire.

Most importantly, 95% of trainees have graded the quality of training as ‘Very Good’.

What our trainees say:

  • “It has been such a valuable and rewarding experience. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to pursue a career in primary school teaching” (Erin, RQT)

About the accredited body

In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands.

The SCITT prides itself on the unrivaled, personalised support it offers all trainees, leading to the highest percentage of trainees gaining Qualified Teacher Status in Leicester and Leicestershire. DfE performance profiles

“The SCITT believed in me from day one, even before I believed in myself.” Steven, NQT, 2019

Interview process

The SCITT and School Direct partner alliances, will use a two stage interview process for candidates called to interview, normally held on two separate days. It may be possible to hold both interviews on the same day for candidates who need to travel further or candidates who will find attending interview for two half days particularly difficult.

As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics.  The written audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to form a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.

Audit Information and Preparation Advice

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

Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.

If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.

As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre also offers study skills support.

The AccessAbility Centre

Contact this training provider

Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy
Glenfield Road
Leicester, Leicestershire
East Midlands

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).

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