Portsmouth Primary SCITT Primary (X110)

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Portsmouth Primary SCITT runs a one year course that qualifies successful trainees to teach children aged 3-7 years in primary and infant schools.

This is a full-time PGCE course in which 70% of the time is spent in schools and 30% in training centres. You will have the opportunity to observe good teachers at work and be able to work alongside them, gradually developing your own teaching skills. You will receive high quality mentoring, together with support from the SCITT team to enable you to develop into a competent and confident newly qualified teacher.

Trainees will have half a term of workshops in primary subjects, based mainly at our training room, followed by half a term of teacher training in their placement school. Trainees will complete their practice at Key Stages 1 and 2. A total of three teaching practices is required and will cover the age range of 5-11. Two practices will take place in one school and one practice in another, which should have a contrasting age range and catchment area to the first school.

Assessment is based on trainees’ ability to meet the standards in Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training. Trainees are required to submit a portfolio of assignments based on classroom research embedded in primary practice

School placements

All schools in the SCITT partnership are among the best that Portsmouth has to offer. They were selected for the quality of education they provide for Portsmouth children. Each school serves a very different catchment area. In practice, this means that Portsmouth Primary SCITT is able to offer a range of training experiences to prospective candidates.

We have an average of 20 schools in the SCITT partnership. Most schools are based in Portsmouth. Placements are made on an individual basis, considering: distance from home; careful pairing of mentors with trainees and various other factors which will give trainees the best school based experience possible.

Further information about placements schools can be found on our website, www.portsmouthscitt.co.uk.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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 English, maths or science.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

About the training provider

Why choose us?

  • Over 20 years experience of bespoke school based teacher training
  • Exceptional retention rates
  • 100% employment for the last 5 years
  • Outstanding provider since 2004 (OfSTED)

Visit our website (www.portsmouthscitt.co.uk) for more information regarding our course.

It is a one year course that qualifies successful primary students to teach children aged 5-11 years in primary, junior and infant schools. We offer a PGCE and QTS (option for Masters credits) validated by the University of Chichester.

Portsmouth Primary SCITT can give a considerable amount of individual support to each trainee. Our aim is to train good teachers and our standards are high. You will have the opportunity to observe good teachers at work and be able to work alongside them, gradually developing your own teaching skills. You will receive high quality mentoring, together with support from the SCITT team to enable you to develop into a competent and confident Early Career Teacher.

A strong feature of the course is the mutual support that the trainees give one another. The group is usually around 36 in number – a good size for cohesion and diversity. Lasting friendships are made. And what trainees learn about team work serves them well when they graduate to become ECTs in their first posts.

Interview process

Candidates are selected for interview from those received from DfE Apply.

The interview process will compromise of three components (written task, presentation, panel interview). The interview panel will be made up of SCITT staff and partnership representatives.

Most candidates will know within one week as to whether they will be offered a place on the course. We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive feedback if they are unsuccessful in their application.

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

Portsmouth Primary SCITT is committed to the inclusion of all eligible participants. There are no significant differences in the outcomes achieved by different groups of trainees. This is the result of high quality training which is carefully personalised. Each year an Intervention & Inclusion Log monitors and supports a variety of declared or emerging needs. Bespoke training is essential to ensuring every trainee has the opportunity to maximise their potential.

We have specific support in place for students with additional needs. For example, students with dyslexia are offered additional support with assignment writing. We also offer extended pastoral support to students struggling with mental health or anxiety conditions.

Placements are carefully chosen taking in account the varying needs of students. These might include: parents who require a placement closer to home; access based on physical needs; or whether the mentor and school are a ‘good fit’ based on the emotional needs of students.

Past trainees have said: “The training I received at SCITT has given me a wealth of tools and strategies in all areas of teaching. My placements were selected based on my strengths and weaknesses. I was supported by the SCITT staff throughout. The pastoral care given has been exemplary. I also received advice when applying for jobs based on my particular skill set, which was invaluable to me”.

Contact this training provider

023 9237 3432
Portsmouth Primary SCITT
Allaway Avenue

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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