EAST SCITT Geography (P303)

QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Training starts in early September through to June. Carefully designed, delivered by experienced practising teachers and expert trainers to ensure your training prepares you for the needs of the modern classroom and enables you to start your teaching career equipped with the best combination of knowledge and skills. A crucial aspect of this programme is the innovative 10 day induction period which prepares you to commence your first teaching placement in mid - September.

Additionally, our programme offers:

A minimum of 6 subject knowledge sessions with a subject expert who will enable you to develop your pedagogical skills.

Weekly sessions focusing on:

  • Managing behaviour

  • How pupils learn and cognitive science

  • Assessment for learning

  • Special Educational Needs and disabilities

  • Adaptive teaching and pupil progress

  • Planning for curriculum progression

  • Managing workload and well-being

  • Developing thinking skills & use of group work

  • Metacognition

  • Literacy across the curriculum

  • Action research

  • Visit to a special school

  • Personal, Social and Health Education

  • Career progression & applying for your first teaching job

  • Preparing for your Early Career Teaching (ECT) years

Full cohort sessions are based at one of our training centres at Farlingaye High School or Kesgrave High School.

School Placements

You will spend 80% of the course in school. Once per week you will receive general professional and subject knowledge sessions.

Your teaching will build up gradually: you will start by undertaking structured observations of teachers followed by team teaching then full lesson teaching.


You will be provided with regular feedback to help you progress in your teaching skills through

  • observation of your lessons

  • assessment tasks

  • your reflections linking theory from training to your practice in the classroom.

There are three formal reviews of progress throughout your training, with the final assessment to gain Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the summer term.

Written submissions are evenly spread throughout the programme. The well being of our trainees is of the utmost importance to us. We take pride in the personalised provision we offer trainees and have a comprehensive support structure in place to to ensure all aspects of your training are successful.

School placements

Your placements will be carefully selected to ensure that they give excellent but contrasting experiences whilst also considering a reasonable travelling distance from your home. More information on our partnership schools can be found here

If you wish to nominate a particular school for one of your placements, we will be pleased to talk to the Headteacher about our programme, but we can never guarantee a request for a specific placement will be fulfilled.

We have established excellent working relationships with our Professional Tutors and School Mentors and try to match our trainees with their mentor to build strong professional relationships.

Each full-time trainee will be placed in the same school for terms 1 and 3, term 2 will be in a different school providing a contrasting school environment.Our schools comprise predominantly of comprehensive schools but include Church of England schools.

Each of our training programmes is for a specified age range. We strive to provide experiences at special schools, pupil referral units and alternative educational settings. More information on our partnership schools can be found here

Schools experience is at the heart of our training programme. Our expert school-based mentors will provide you with an outstanding foundation on which to build your future career alongside a designated Senior Link (Professional Tutor) who will and work closely with the SCITT team to ensure that you have great input and support which allows you to develop rapidly. You will also be supported by a SCITT tutor who will monitor your progress and provide you with additional support.

“You have made the start of training to teach a fantastic experience. I have able learned so much from everyone. The organisation has been top drawer!” 

“The training sessions have been really inspiring. Having the opportunity to learn theory and then go and see it in the classroom has been so useful.” 

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

There will be costs incurred by yourself to achieve equivalency tests. We will consider accepting equivalency tests in lieu of GCSE English or Maths ( grade 4 (C) or above ) on an individual basis

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic and committed

  • Show humility, respect and empathy

  • Analytical and reflective in order to improve

  • Have high expectations

  • Sense of humour

  • Sense of purpose

  • Resilient and adaptable

  • Self-aware

  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with students and adults

  • A team player

  • Confidence to lead learning and the work of others

  • Evidence of creative thinking and appropriate risk taking to solve problems

  • Excellent communication, time-management, planning and organisation skills

  • A positive engaging presence

  • Strong literacy and numeracy skills

  • Potential to develop strong subject knowledge for teaching

Other requirements

EAST SCITT follow the Safer Recruitment procedures as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 version.

This includes but is not limited to:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training. Arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

Checking the Prohibited Teachers List

Checking references and gaining reassurance where necessary

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,250
International students £8,250

The fees above do NOT include PGCE . If you wish to apply for a full time QTS + PGCE programme this is possible. The QTS + PGCE only full time programme will be £9250 in total ( correct as at 01/10/2020)

If you are unsure at the time of applying, we recommend you apply for both programmes with us, and we will discuss these options more fully with you at the interview stage.

Financial support from the training provider

You don’t have to apply for a Department of Education bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course.

You may 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.

About the training provider

EAST SCITT is a recently accredited School Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider offering primary and secondary school-based initial teacher training awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the additional option of gaining Post-Graduate Certificate in Education accredited by the University of Buckingham.

EAST SCITT has been formed and is run by a team of expert current professionals in the world of initial teacher training and teaching. As past teaching school alliances, we have a long-term proven track record of delivering high quality training and have the skills and expertise required to facilitate all aspects of our programmes. Our excellent reputation for supporting potential trainee teachers from the point of considering a career as a teacher, to developing in to a leadership role within schools in Suffolk is second to none.

Formed and driven by a team of expert current professionals from Farlingaye & Kesgrave High Schools and Springfield Junior School, we are proud to work with a number of Ofsted good and outstanding schools in Suffolk.Our core trainers are excellent practising teachers selected carefully from our wealth of partnership schools. The number and geographical area of schools which we work with is constantly growing and expanding We have one goal to train outstanding teachers, committed to the excellence of all in the classroom.

Interview process

Our recruitment and selection process is designed to allow us to make the right decisions for you as an applicant and for our placement schools.

Once we receive your application, it will be considered by a subject specialist / SCITT Tutor and the SCITT Director/Strategic Lead. If successful to the next stage, you will be invited to a Selection & Recruitment session.

The session will consist of:

Welcome by a member of the SCITT team

Document check & hand in of your pre completed subject audit form

Tour of the school in which the interview takes place

A teaching task - an opportunity to deliver a 15 to 20 minute session to a small group of pupils, a topic of their choice within the subject they wish to train to teach

Formal Interview

Written Task (to display knowledge & understanding of your subject)

We encourage applicants to find out more about the application and recruitment process details online and also by attending one of our information events.

Successful candidates will be offered a place within days. An offer letter will be issued and may detail some conditions, e.g. passing your degree/ undertaking subject knowledge enhancement.

All trainees offered a place must:

  • Pass a Fitness to Teach medical assessment;

  • Undergo an enhanced DBS check and all other mandatory Safer Recruitment activities to verify their suitability to work with young people.

Covid 19 restrictions may alter the interview process, if so, you will be notified of arrangements.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

EAST SCITT and its partnership schools are committed to supporting each and every one of our trainees.

We aim to promote and implement an inclusive learning and teaching environment, allowing you to study independently.

We are here to support you and would encourage you to contact us so we can help identify any appropriate adjustments to meet your individual needs.

Once you have applied for our course, we are available for you to contact to discuss your particular needs and will work closely with you to ascertain the impact of your condition on your studies. It maybe you need:

  • deadlines to be extended;

  • workshops to be recorded;

  • powerpoint presentations in advance of workshops

  • photocopying on coloured paper

  • wheelchair access

With your permission, we will ask your SCITT tutor to work with you providing support and guidance. We need to ensure that all elements of your training period make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to provide every opportunity for you to succeed.

Contact this training provider

01394389178 07709138257
C/O Farlingaye High School
IP12 4JX

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (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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