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EAST SCITT Design and technology (S984)

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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Training starts in early September through to June. Carefully designed, delivered by experienced teachers to ensure it reflect the needs of the modern classroom and enables you to start your teaching career equipped with the best combination of skills and knowledge. A crucial aspect of this programme is the innovative 9 day Induction period preparing you to spend the first few vital days in mid-September in your first placement school.

Additionally, our programme offers:

Bespoke arrangements made after selection day, to discuss further your strengths and areas requiring further development and may set you tasks and a reading list to enable you to develop relevant knowledge and skills before the course starts.

A minimum of 6 subject knowledge sessions with a teacher who delivers Outstanding lessons enabling you to develop your pedagogical skills

Weekly sessions focusing on:

  • Behaviour for Learning

  • Literacy across the curriculum

  • Special Educational Needs

  • Action Research

  • Career progression & applying for your first post

  • Stress Management & Resilience

  • Developing thinking skills & use of group work

  • Visit to a Special school

  • Teaching & Assessment at Key Stage 5

  • Personal, Social and Health Education

  • Metacognition

  • Adaptive teaching and pupil progress

  • Planning for curriculum progression

  • Preparing for your NQT year

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. Every Thursday you will receive general professional and subject knowledge sessions.

You will start undertaking structured observations of teachers followed by team teaching, part lesson then full lesson teaching.


You will be continually assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and the ITT core content through:

  • observation of your lessons

  • assessment tasks

  • your reflections linking theory from workshops/reading 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.

Course workload

Written submissions are evenly spread throughout the programme. The wellbeing of our trainees is of the utmost importance to us, we provide various options to support you.

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.

If you wish to nominate a 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 know many of our Professional Tutors and School Mentors well and try to match our trainees with their mentor to build that strong professional relationship.

Each full-time trainee will be placed in the same school for term 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 a Church of England school.

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.

Schools play such an important part in the programme, and that’s why we can provide you with an outstanding foundation on which to build your future career. You will have an expert school-based Mentor and a designated Senior Link (Professional Tutor) in each placement school and they will be trained by, and work closely with the SCITT team to ensure that you have great input and support which allows you to develop rapidly.

“You all, along with everyone at Farlingaye, made my first term of training to teach the best experience ever. I was able to learn so much from everyone and you were all incredibly supportive in the process! I honestly can’t sing your praises highly enough!”

“The support provided at each school was outstanding, both the support from my mentor and regular training sessions allowed me to start my NQT year feeling confident and equipped with the correct knowledge to start my career. I would highly recommend both schools as fantastic places to start your career as a teacher”.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed


  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university or recognised international equivalent (applicants with non-UK degrees must ensure that they have obtained the relevant equivalency statement from NARIC)

  • GCSE English and Maths, grade C/4 or above or recognised equivalent (evidence of equivalence will be required)


  • 2:1 or above in a relevant degree

  • If teaching a subject different to your degree, an A level at grade C or above in that subject is preferable

Please note: To prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

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 skills in communication, time-management, planning and organisation

  • A positive and engaging presence

Strong literacy and numeracy skills

Potential to develop strong subject knowledge for teaching

Other requirements

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

This fee includes the PGCE element to the programme in addition to the QTS.

If you are unsure at the time of applying, whether to choose QTS only or QTS with PGCE, we recommend you apply for both programmes with us. We will discuss these options more fully with you at the interview stage. Should you choose the QTS only programme, the fee would be reduced to £8250 ( correct as at 1st October 2020).

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 newly 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.

EAST SCITT has been formed and is run by a team of expert current professionals in the world of initial teacher training and teaching. Our Teaching School Alliances, Farlingaye & Kesgrave TSA and Springfield TSA both have a long-term proven track record of delivering high quality training and have the skills and expertise required to facilitate on 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.

Farlingaye & Kesgrave High schools (Ofsted rating outstanding and Good respectively) have had significant input in to the recruitment and training of trainees for other teacher training providers for many years. Alongside Bungay High School (Ofsted rating Good), the three schools formed the East Anglian Schools Trust in September 2019. Springfield Junior School (Ofsted rating Outstanding), belongs to Children’s Endeavour Trust, currently a group of eight community schools in Suffolk.

Our partnership of schools is constantly growing and expanding, we are proud to work with a number of schools in Suffolk and look forward to more schools joining our alliance in the future. 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 and SCITT lead. If successful to the next stage, you will be invited to a Selection & Recruitment day.

The day 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 20 minute student task (a small number of pupils who will ask you arrange of pre-prepared questions)

  • Formal Interview

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

  • English & Maths diagnostic activities

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 SKE

All trainees offered a place must:

  • Pass a Fitness to Teach medical assessment;

  • Undergo an enhanced DBS check 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.

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

01394 389178
Ransom Road
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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021