Portsmouth Primary SCITT Primary (X110)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 Beacon View Primary Academy, followed by half a term of teacher training in their placement school. Trainees will complete their practice at Early Years and Key Stages 1. A total of three teaching practices is required and will cover the age range of 3-7. 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 write two assignments based on classroom research embedded in primary practice. In addition, trainees make presentations based on their knowledge of English, mathematics and science.

School placements

All schools in the SCITT 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 25 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.

Interview process

Candidates are selected for interview from those applications forwarded on to the Principal from UCAS. Interviews take place at Beacon View Primary Academy.

The interview process comprises of four components:

Presentation Mini teach in pairs Interview Written task 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 to secure a place.

If candidates are offered a place they will be asked to spend some time preparing for the course. All candidates are told that it will be a challenging year when they are offered a place, but they are given a considerable amount of individual support from the course tutors, link tutors and mentors either in centre or school based training


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A minimum of a 2.2 degree GCSE at Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

Other requirements

Our expectation is that prospective candidates will have some knowledge of what it is like to work in a primary or early years classroom, either on a voluntary basis or possibly working as a Learning Support Assistant.

To also be competent and confident in the use of ICT.

You must obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and an Occupational Health Assessment to assess fitness for teaching.

About the training provider

Why choose us?

  • 18 years experience of bespoke school based teacher training
  • Exceptional retention rates (95% of our trainees are still in the teaching profession 5 years later
  • 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.

The course is run alongside Beacon View Primary Academy, Portsmouth. 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 Portsmouth.

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 newly qualified 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 Newly Qualified Teachers in their first posts.

Past trainees have said “Exceptional course, very well managed”.

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 his or her 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.

Portsmouth Primary SCITT is focussed on establishing firm relationships with all stakeholders and we are therefore able to tailor training to meet the needs of individual 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 details

023 9237 3432
Portsmouth Primary SCITT
Allaway Avenue


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