Leicester & Leicestershire SCITT Primary (3-7) (2MJ8)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

At the SCITT, we believe passionately in EVERY child’s entitlement to an excellent education, so they enjoy school, learning and make very good progress. Our unsalaried Early Primary (EP) (3-7yr) course is designed to ensure that you complete training with a comprehensive understanding of how young children develop and learn. You will be tutored on three specialist, quality, contrasting placements in both Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One . Here you will be able to use and develop your toolkit of teaching skills which have been underpinned by engaging central training, delivered in bespoke training rooms in our primary school base. You will learn about research-based learning theories in practical hands-on lessons, demonstrated by skilled, passionate trainers. This consistently rated OFSTED outstanding programme offers 60 full days of central training, more than the majority of current ITT programmes. Trainees enter their NQT year confident and secure in their understanding of both the EYFS and KS1.

A key strength of our programme is making the training personalised so that all trainees are challenged and supported at every step in becoming the best teacher they can be. The SCITT outcomes in terms of the percentage of trainees awarded QTS and gaining employment are at the top of the DfE tables for providers in Leicestershire (provider performance profiles). In the last 3 years over 97% of our trainees have been graded as Good’ orOutstanding’ against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of training.

The EP course, leads to QTS across the full (3-11yr) primary age range. You will graduate with a full University of Leicester internationally recognised Masters level PGCE and have full use of the University facilities.

Graduates of this course often rapidly gain leadership positions in Early Primary teams as their career progresses. Equally, the skills gained mean that graduates are also able to take up positions in Key Stage 2. The best way to get to know if a course is right for you is to come and meet us. Sign up for a free information event by calling 01162543187 or admin@leics-scitt.co.uk

“The best thing I’ve ever done. Comprehensive training, wide variety of settings, excellent support, prepared me for life as a teacher.” Rachel, 2019

In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands.

School placements

The SCITT partnership knows trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their class teacher on placement is vitally important.  The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 15 years, is a key strength of our training.

The consistently high quality of support on 3 different school placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins our success.  This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings.  Our trainees complete training confidently across the EYFS and Key Stage 1 and are fully prepared to work in a wide variety of schools, ready to serve diverse pupil populations. 

Placements are carefully matched to trainee’s development needs and SCITT management also take into account the fact that trainees may be using public transport to reach placement schools.  Trainees with children are always thought about carefully so as to best support them as they juggle teaching demands with their own childcare arrangements. 

Ofsted (2016) reported that “Placement schools are very carefully allocated to provide trainees with teaching experiences across the whole 5-11 age range in a variety of settings. This is an outstanding feature of the training.” 

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching.

We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.

Other requirements

A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.

Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach.

Fees and financial support

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

This is an unsalaried course

About the training provider

The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT has been consistently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding since 2009. In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands. All SCITT trainees are also students at the University of Leicester, gaining an internationally recognised PGCE, with 60 Masters level credits.

Four local Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) work collaboratively with the SCITT as their ITT partner. As a result many of our students are employed in these TSAs, enjoying excellent access to the TSA NQT and career development programmes from the very start of their teaching careers.

Most importantly, over 95% of trainees ever trained with the SCITT have given their training the top rating of “Very Good” .

“I have come out of the SCITT fully prepared, not only as an NQT, but for the full roles and responsibilities of a teacher. Nothing has been a shock to me, I feel well organised, well supported and have even managed to establish that all important work/life balance! I am so grateful for the SCITT course and everybody who helps to run it, please pass on my thanks!

( Emily, 4 weeks into her NQT year , Google Review, Sept 2019)

Interview process

The SCITT and School Direct partner alliances, will call candidates to interview, normally held on one occasion.

As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics.  These audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to underpin their professional role and high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school.

Preparation materials and information about the interview audits are attached here: Audit Information

The interview process will also take place in our partner schools and will involve a combination of tasks including:

  • a presentation, connected to current educational issues;

  • a task working with a small group of 3-7 or 5-11 pupils;

  • a formal interview;

  • a reading task.

Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.

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

Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.

If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.

As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre offers study skills support.

The AccessAbility Centre

Contact this training provider

0116 254 3187
Dovelands Primary School
Hinckley Road
Leicester, Leicestershire
East Midlands

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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