Prince Henry’s High School & South Worcestershire SCITT
Art and design (X425)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
23 January 2021
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Course Content

Trainees were overwhelmingly positive about the impact of the contribution of the subject course, provided by subject leaders. (External Examiner 2018)

The Secondary SCITT training programme for Art consists of 3 distinct ‘phases to teaching’ to develop the Skills, Knowledge and Understanding to teach young people in the 21st Century. The course content will be delivered through centrally taught sessions of subject knowledge, pedagogy, and academic assignments.

Phase 1 ‘Enable and Establish’ Putting the foundations of classroom management, teaching and learning in place.

Phase 2 Empower Trainees take more ownership of foundations and develop greater independence.

Phase 3 Embedding Trainees demonstrating advanced classroom practice and consistently performing to good or outstanding.

Professional Studies

The SCITT Training Programme will also consist of a programme of professional studies and subject studies across the cluster of schools, and will be integrated into the training year. These will be overseen by professional mentors who will have the overall responsibility for the management of the provision, ensuring that student teachers have full access to the appropriate age and ability range. Subject mentors are responsible for providing a programme which will involve individual and collaborative teaching and weekly mentor support.

Subject knowledge and Pedagogy

Subject Knowledge of Art and Design will be delivered and developed by experienced professionals throughout the training year. These sessions will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach young people. The pedagogy of teaching History will also be covered during these sessions, supporting the subject specific content and how to deliver this effectively to young people.

How much time spent training in school

We exceed the statutory number of 120 days in school by offering over 140 days school based experience providing significant opportunities to develop your practice.

How will you be assessed?

The Assessment of the course is in 2 parts:

Awarding QTS:

You will be assessed and monitored throughout the course against the Teachers Standards. You will be assessed in line with the HEI Ofsted framework and trainees must demonstrate the minimum standard in order to achieve QTS in both Parts 1 and 2 of the Teachers’ Standards.

PGCE element of the Course.

The academic element of the award is delivered by the University of Worcester, a long standing collaborative partner of the SCITT. The 4 assignments completed throughout the year will give trainees Masters credits and the PGCE award alongside QTS.

Interview process

Interview Process.

The ITT programme is an intensive year, demanding full time commitment. Colleagues across the partnership will go the extra mile to support trainees throughout the year so long as they demonstrate the commitment needed to succeed on the course.

The selection process is rigorous, robust and transparent and is designed to help us decide whether we believe you should train with us, and to help you decide if teaching is the right career for you. The interview is a 2 way process, teaching and the school has to be right for you and vice versa.

Application form.

Subject and Curriculum Knowledge:

  • Strong subject-based academic background.
  • An awareness of current educational issues.
  • Familiarity with the curriculum for the relevant key stages.
  • Capacity to extend subject knowledge.

Aptitude for teaching.

  • A desire to teach and enthuse young people.
  • An awareness of the challenges of teaching and the training year.
  • Commitment.
  • Good written communication skills.
  • Good oral communication skills.
  • Team work.
  • An ability to engage young people in learning.
  • Adaptability.
  • Perseverance.
  • Professionalism.
  • Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses

Selection Process

  • A lesson observation if appropriate.
  • A tour of the school.
  • A pupil panel.
  • Teaching task.
  • Subject Knowledge audit.
  • Formal panel interview.
  • A 5 minute presentation on the importance of your subject to the secondary curriculum.
  • Group task to evaluate team work and communication skills.
  • Fitness to teach questionnaire.

How school placements work

School Placements.

The placement of trainees is carefully managed to ensure a breadth of experience in relation to the designated key stages for training as well as enhancement in Key Stage 5 for the 11-16 trainees and Key Stage 3 for the 14-19 trainee. The minimum expectation for the Key Stage 5 enhancement is identified. ( External Examiner 2018)

You will have 2 Placements throughout the year and these will be in contrasting schools. These will the full age and ability range you have chosen to train in and covers 11-18 including 2 middle schools.

Your contrasting placement will be early in the spring term to allow you to return to your training school to complete the course. The contrasting placement is 8 weeks in duration.

Partnership schools are located in South Worcestershire from Droitwich in the north of the region to Evesham in the South and also includes Malvern and Ledbury including 9 high schools and 2 middle schools. Timetable

Your course will begin at the start of the academic year and will include an induction period into your school, central sessions focusing on the pedagogy of teaching and subject specific knowledge development. You will be a valued colleague within the school from the start of the course, developing your wider professional role focusing on part 2 of the Teachers Standards.

Your timetable within the school setting will be incremental during placement 1 and 2.

Phase 1 Collaborative teaching, observation, and some solo teaching with timetable of 25-50%.

Phase 2 Collaborative and solo teaching with 50% teaching timetable.

Phase 3 Increased solo teaching to 50% timetable.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

Trainees have the option to pay the tuition fees either through the Student Loan Company or Privately.

If trainees choose to pay privately fees will be due to the accredited provider at the same time as the Student Loan Company release fees.

  • 25% October.
  • 25% March.
  • 50% May.

Financial support

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.



Qualifications needed.

Minimum degree required: Lower Second

A degree, usually an Honours degree in a subject applicable to your teaching subject. For Maths and Physics the minimum degree entry requirement is third class degree


Grade 4 or C at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics is essential for all applicants. The SCITT will organise alternative examinations for those without these qualifications to demonstrate the equivalence to GCSE standard.

Personal qualities

What we are looking for.

Interest in and commitment to education and children.

You will need to be enthusiastic about working with children, and possess an ability to relate to them. On the course, you will be encouraged to develop good working relationships with teachers and their pupils.

Oral and written communication.

Communication skills are, of course, vital to the teacher’s role and your skills will be developed through all course elements.

Interpersonal skills.

You will need to work co-operatively on joint projects, work as a member of a team and accept the responsibility of leadership roles.

Other requirements

DBS Check.

All trainees need to have an enhanced DBS check prior to the start of the course.

The enhanced DBS check will be carried out by the Accredited Provider prior to commencing your training. You will be required to bring your DBS certificate to admissions at Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT along with proof of identity so that your DBS number can be recorded.

Fitness to Teach.

The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. This will we provided at interview if your application is successful.

About the training provider

Why train with us? Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT along with its partnership of schools have extensive experience of working with Initial Teacher Training, both School Direct and PGCE Core.

Across the partnership of schools we train no more than 40 trainees a year working in partnership with HEI institutions to support and train the next generation of teachers. Our partnership and family ethos would support the view of Ofsted in our inspection in 2019 when they stated:’ Strong relationships and family ethos and not giving up on trainees’

Click here for full Ofsted report:

Trainees choosing to train with the Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT will be trained by outstanding practitioners across a partnership of schools in the south of the county with one clear aim: Providing the highest quality of Initial Teacher Training producing the next generation of outstanding practitioners in order to continually raise standards and pupil achievement.

We work with Worcester University to award the PGCE and to gain Masters Credits throughout the year

Trainees identified the following features of the SCITT Partnership:

  • Strong and clear leadership from the SCITT Team
  • Support and advice provided by the SCITT Director
  • High expectations and aspirations across the SCITT with a focus on excellence
  • Commitment to trainee wellbeing
  • Very good communication within the placement schools External Examiner 2020.

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Why train with us?

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our equal opportunities and accessibility to training allows all trainees to apply and be trained through the SCITT. Extensive support from both the SCITT administration team, subject lead tutors and mentors have provided trainees with extra support and guidance if needed.

We have trained trainees who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and they have been given extra support with the PGCE assignments through the University and also further considerations with planning and marking by the partner schools and mentors.

We had a trainee 2018-19 who had visual impairments and again extra support with templates, assignments lesson planning, marking will be given throughout the year.

We are constantly aware of the demands of the course on any person’s health and well- being and we provide pastoral support through our internal verifier and pastoral support colleague within the SCITT.

This provides an extra avenue for trainees to access to share concerns and issues if they are finding difficulties with the course.

Contact details

Prince Henry's High School
Victoria Avenue
WR11 4QH


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Dyson Perrins High School
Yates Haye Road, Malvern, 1386 555
Yes M
Main Site: Prince Henry’s
Victoria Avenue, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4QH
Yes -
The Chase high School
Geraldine Road, Malvern, WR14 3NZ
Yes C

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