Leicestershire Secondary SCITT English (QXXX)

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Teachers training teachers to change children’s lives…

School-based training provides the greatest opportunity to spend time in the classroom, learning from current practising teachers and seeing exactly how they teach. You will find out how these experts are able to change children’s lives through their role and develop the skills required to start doing so yourself.

Our course provides holistic training, covering the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your NQT classroom. You will cover keys stages 2 to 5 and have an in-depth knowledge of how the practices develop through these age ranges. You will complete 5 placements and spend 186 days training to become an effective and impactful teacher. During this time, you will earn both your QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice. The course is tailored to your needs and you begin teaching when you are ready. This bespoke approach allows you the time required to embed the theory learned into your practice and explore how an effective teacher utilises cognitive science, pedagogical teaching strategies and experience to refine their teaching.

As a school-based provider, you are working with practising teachers modelling the latest effective teaching practices. You are supported, every step of the way. In school, you will be working with your Subject Mentor and ITT Coordinator, who ensure you have the exposure required to gain a broad understanding of your craft. Within the SCITT, you are supported by the Management Team and Lead Mentors, who will happily invite you to watch them teaching and can share their experiences. A key feature of our course is the Lead Subject Tutor (LST) role. These are experts within your subject, who work with you to build upon the introductory theory and deliver an advanced session, really focusing your training on what excellence means, within your subject. In addition to these features, you will also become a full member of the University of Leicester and have access to the full support of this establishment. Our Core Learning Programme is delivered by current practising teachers who are experts in their field. The sessions will be delivered in the school that exemplifies this practice, meaning that you experience a range of environments, ultimately shaping you into a powerful, impactful and effective teacher.

Teachers training teachers to change children’s lives…

School placements

You complete 5 placements across the year, providing a broad overview of teaching in Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form and Special Educational Needs schools. Each one is tailored to meet your needs and you begin teaching when you are ready. Initially, you observe a range of teachers and identify how they deliver effective lessons to a diverse range of students. Following this, you will begin completing some group work and deliver some starters and plenaries. When you are ready, you begin team-teaching or delivering your lessons. The build-up is gradual with you teaching 7 lessons by Christmas. By the end of the course, you are delivering 12 lessons. As the course is school-based, you spend much longer in the classroom and develop at a pace that suits you. Our Lead Mentors are also on hand to provide additional support, to help you develop into the teacher you aspire to be.

The theory is drip-fed, throughout the year, with you spending 4 days in schools and 1-day learning academic theory. This allows you time to apply and embed your learning before moving on. Your subject mentor will guide and support you, as you try new ideas and see what teaching strategies work for both you and your classes. The breadth of placements provides you the opportunities, skills and experience required to become an effective practitioner who changes children’s lives.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

A UK first degree (or equivalent qualification). A strong level of subject knowledge is required to be an effective teacher. For this, we look for you to have a relevant qualification – this could be a degree OR and A Level. Alternatively, some Professional Qualifications may be considered equivalent to degrees (Eg Accounting Qualifications).

Ideally, trainees will have a 2:2 classification or better, but we understand that a piece of paper does not reflect the value that you would add to the teaching profession and therefore will consider degrees of all outcomes. If you have not yet secured your degree outcome, we may offer you a conditional place based on predicted degree classifications.

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Teachers Training Teachers and Changing Children’s Lives…

Leicestershire Secondary SCITT is a school-based teacher training provider. You train in the best place to learn, in schools. In addition, you work with the University of Leicester, to gain a PGCE, so you are getting the best of both worlds; the academic rigour of a university and hands-on school-based training.

It’s a great time to train as a teacher, with significant job prospects and career progression opportunities. Trainees receive bursaries of up to £28,000, so you focus on becoming a great teacher and really changing lives!!!

A great opportunity to change lives!!

Train as a teacher with the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT and you will be given up to 32 weeks experience in schools, the best place to learn to be a teacher. In addition to this, you will also be a full member of the University of Leicester, who will award your PGCE.

During your ITT year, you will work with amazing teachers who will model best practice and support you on your journey to becoming a teacher. Your Lead Subject Tutor will work with you to develop your subject and pedagogical knowledge whilst the University of Leicester Tutors will help you explore the academic research that underpins great teaching. All components of the course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to become the best teacher you can be and really start to change lives.

Are you ready to make a difference and change lives? You could TEACH

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

We want inspiring teachers in the classroom working with impressionable young minds and disabilities or additional needs should not prevent this. If you have something to offer in the classroom, then we want to hear from you.

In terms of support, we offer a range of options and each is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual:

  • Accessibility within the training schools is assessed and addressed. Within the SCITT, there is access to a lift, low-level thresholds, ramps and other features to increase accessibility
  • Adjustments can be made on placements - this may be in terms of the workload, support offered, access to support systems and services
  • We identify the needs of all trainees, very early and offer ongoing support
  • All trainees complete an Occupational Health Assessment, which identifies strategies that would support them in role
  • We have Lead Mentors, whose role is to work across all schools to offer bespoke support to trainees or their mentors. This allows trainees to fully engage with the course and that any challenges are addressed early and fully.
  • Wellbeing sessions are interspersed throughout the training year, keeping this a priority.
  • All trainees complete sessions on ‘Managing Workload’, so as to prepare them for a long and healthy career in teaching
  • Each of our courses are tailor-made to meet the needs of our trainees. This allows us the flexibilty to make adjustments to ensure accessibility for all.

Leicestershire Secondary SCITT Teachers training teachers and changing children’s lives…

Contact this training provider

0116 268 9734
Rushey Mead Teaching School
Melton Road

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).

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