Somerset SCITT - Oak Partnership Primary (K215)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
Financial support

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023


Course summary

Our Primary Teacher Teaching Apprenticeship (PGTA) is a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching. It offers a postgraduate-level qualification with no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn. It is aimed primarily at candidates who have a good understanding of what it means to work in a school and have built up some experience, perhaps as a teaching assistant or in similar role. Many candidates are working in schools already and are looking to make the next step. You will be employed by a school on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale.

You will undertake off-the-job training, which will occupy 20% of your teaching time; this is split between face-to-face training at Somerset SCITT and independent key tasks in the workplace.

You will be placed in a contrasting school for 6 weeks during Term 2. This will enrich your PGTA experience. You will be required to be employed as an unqualified teacher on a full-time basis and paid according to the unqualified teacher (UQT) pay scale at point one or higher. You may be working with a school already; in which case it is possible that your school will be willing to arrange an apprenticeship training position for you.

Somerset SCITT will expect you to take the lead in managing your own learning. However, will provide guidance and support from our team of dedicated tutors and placement moderators to compliment the support from your host school.

Your curriculum is based on our INSPIRE principles:

  • Inclusivity

  • Nurturing Behaviour

  • Support and progress of pupils though assessment

  • Promoting high expectations

  • Instilling confidence

  • Response to and critically engage with research and national developments

  • Enhance PGTA’s subject and pedagogical knowledge

You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own practice and to critically engage with current research, policy and pedagogy, leading to a PGCE award with 60 Master’s Level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

You will be placed in a contrasting school for 6 weeks during Term 2. This will enrich your PGTA experience.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Somerset SCITT Consortium
SCIL, Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9DT
West Monkton Church of England Primary School
Bridgwater Roadd, Bathpool , Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8FT

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Other requirements

Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • DBS Check
  • Health check
  • Proof of Identification
  • Suitable references
  • To comply with KCSIE (2022) online search of all shortlisted candidates will be completed.

You will need to have secured a host school who has agreed to support you on this journey.


You will be required to be employed as an unqualified teacher on a full-time basis and paid according to the unqualified teacher (UQT) pay scale at point one or higher.

You must have a host school willing to host and support you for this year.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Oak Partnership Multi Academy Trust was formed in 2019. Its founder member schools are three primary schools (Blackbrook Community Primary School, Ruishton CofE Primary School and West Monkton CofE Primary School) and one all-through Special School (Selworthy Special School). All four schools were inspected by Ofsted in 2018 and rated ‘Good’.

A commitment to development attracts the best staff to work at The Oak Partnership. Our vision is to nurture and develop resilient and passionate individuals who are skilled in critical thinking. We believe this will create effective teachers who are ready to continue their pursuit of excellence. All trainees on the Oak Partnership School Direct and SCITT Programmes have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE, in partnership with Somerset SCITT, judged Outstanding by OFSTED in 2017, and accredited by the University of Worcester.

Trainees will learn on the job in a supportive environment with a mentor throughout their placements. Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class-teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class. Throughout this experience, trainees will acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children that promote learning, with other colleagues to working within a framework and national/school policies to deliver the Curriculum.

If you are interested in becoming part our thriving and successful teaching community, we offer places in conjunction with Somerset SCITT.

Interview process

In most cases the PGTA requires a two-stage interview process, with an interview at the host school followed, for successful candidates, by an invitation to complete Somerset SCITTs assessment process. Where possible these will be combined with Somerset SCITT being part of the school based interview process.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

We comply with the DDE requirements.

Contact this training provider

C/O West Monkton CE Primary School
Bridgwater Road, Bathpool

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).

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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