The Basingstoke Alliance SCITT Religious education (2RCX)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance 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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

One of the main characteristics of the Basingstoke Alliance SCITT Programme is its focus on the individual needs of the trainee. We use instructional coaching methodology to provide constant supportive training that maximises the progress of the trainees. The trainee will be allocated a personal mentor (fully trained by BASCITT) who will support them all the way through their placements.

The SCITT Director and Subject Board Tutors will support trainees and mentors. Trainees and mentors will organise teaching and school-based input to ensure a balanced timetable; this will be done at the beginning of the training to ensure the trainee fulfils all the requirements in terms of coverage.

Trainees are required to attend a course of central training, which complements the school-based training. The dates of central training will be built into the trainee’s calendar for the year. The Professional Development Record (PDR) is designed to help trainees to plan the training; it is completed every week, identifying foci of thinking and work for the coming days.

School placements

The BASCITT placements are carefully planned and consideration is given to individual trainees, placement schools and staffing.

  • A Main School Teaching Placement – Autumn Term – KS3/4
  • A Second School Placement – Spring Term 1 – KS3/4
  • A Diversity Placement looking at Transition and other Government priorities – Spring Term 2 – KS2 and KS5
  • Main School teaching and Assessment period – Summer Term

Age ranges taught are 11-16 years

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in religious education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

We will accept equivalency tests from a third party which may be subject to an additional cost. Please contact us directly to discuss which providers we will accept an equivalency test from.

Personal qualities

The BASCITT are looking for applicants who are passionate about wanting to make a difference to the lives of the pupils they teach. We are also looking for individuals who are passionate about their subject so you can inspire the next generation.
Furthermore, we are looking for commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism.

Other requirements

  • School experience is recommended prior to the course start, however, this is not a condition.

  • Ability to travel between different training locations within the partnership schools.

  • A completed self-declaration health questionnaire.

  • Attendance at induction days prior to course start.

  • Dove House School Academy as the BASCITT Lead School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and trainees to share this commitment. We will ensure that all recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Our vision is to train human-first teachers in the latest research informed pedagogy, to provide the local community with passionate and confident teachers who enhance the life chances of our children.

Teaching secondary education is a challenging and hugely rewarding profession. Teachers transform children and young people’s lives, “making a real difference”. The process of becoming a successful teacher is a complex one and requires support and training of the highest quality, which we are proud to offer.

The most significant advantage of school-based training is that, from day one, you are in a secondary school environment, acquiring the knowledge and skills required for effective teaching.

The most important elements of our training programme are that:

  1. We recognise that relationships and human-first teaching are paramount to success in the classroom and;
  2. We use the latest research, particularly focused on cognitive load theory, to inform how we prepare our trainees for teaching.

You’ll be in placements supported by experienced, skilled and committed practitioners.

‘High quality mentoring and coaching is at the heart of this process, with professional/subject mentors who have been trained to a high level by the BASCITT in order to unlock your potential’ Trainee teacher. We educate the ‘whole trainee’ to educate all children through the development of highly professional and reflective teachers who are fully versed in practical experience, underpinned by relevant educational research and theory.

Partnership school’s professional themes programmes provide trainees with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and application of SEN.

Interview process

Once we receive an application your application will be acknowledged and reviewed by the BASCITT Management Committee. If you are successfully offered an interview you will be invited to attend one of our pre-scheduled dates hosted by a partnership school that will consist of;

Programme Overview Compliancy Audit Subject Knowledge Audit School Tour and Observational Task Micro Teach Formal Interview

Interviews are led by the Programme Director and supported by a partnership school SCITT Co-ordinator (professional mentor), Subject Specialist and Programme Administrator.

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

We are mindful of equality and diversity and support our own trainees with specific needs. We have systems and processes in place to support trainees with for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health as well as physical conditions. A strength of our provider is how we treat trainees as individuals and will provide excellent support to ensure their success.

Contact this training provider

01256 275002
The Basingstoke Alliance Scitt
Dove House School, Sutton Road
RG21 5SU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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