Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT Primary (3-7) (2M87)

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

The PCP SCITT Primary (3-7) course prepares graduates to be confident and effective professionals ready for a rewarding career teaching in faith-based or secular schools. Trainees who complete the course receive a PGCE from Bath Spa University and Qualified Teacher Status.

The programme is a blend of school-based and central training. The induction phase of the course (two weeks) is held at the PCP SCITT training centre and focusses on key skills and concepts such as how children learn, behaviour management, planning and assessment. For the rest of the course, trainees spend 4 days a week in their placement school, and one day a week at the SCITT training centre.

Weekly SCITT central training workshops and seminars are led by experienced education professionals and senior leaders. Subject sessions cover the core curriculum areas of English, Maths and Science and introduce the full range of non-core subjects including ICT, Art, Geography and Religious Education. Professional Studies sessions draw on up-to-date research to progressively build on trainees’ understanding of the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Particular importance is placed on trainees’ subject knowledge for teaching and the acquisition of high-quality teaching practices that support strong pupil progress.

School-based training is supervised by a school mentor, usually the class teacher, who guides trainees as they put into practice the techniques and knowledge learned during central training session. Initially trainees work alongside their mentor with small groups of children. As trainees develop their skills in a classroom context, they are supported to take on greater independence and responsibility for whole class teaching including planning, teaching and assessing.

Mentors meet with trainees on a weekly basis to provide feedback, offer support, and set achievable development goals. Trainees are allocated a SCITT link tutor, who quality assures the school-based training and provides additional support and advice. PCP mentors and link tutors are chosen for their professional expertise and undertake yearly professional development to ensure PCP trainees receive high quality training.

Assessment opportunities support trainees in meeting the Teachers’ Standards (2011) and the requirements for PGCE Master’s credits through Bath Spa University. Over the year, trainees compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievement and undertake three written assignments to deepen their understanding of core professional practice. Assessed teaching observations and ongoing feedback supports trainees in knowing exactly how they are progressing and their next steps to reach even higher standards of professional practice.

School placements

Trainees undertake two separate teaching placements in carefully selected contrasting schools and key stages. Trainees specialising in the Primary (3 – 7) age range undertake one placement in a Key Stage One setting and one in and Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS) setting.

PCP SCITT is pleased to partner with over 30 schools throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and IOW. Schools are selected on the basis of excellence in teaching and learning, evidence of quality mentoring and professional development, and the ability to provide rich and diverse learning opportunities for PCP trainees. Fostering productive, professional relationships between school, SCITT and trainee is at the centre of our successful teacher training programme.

Applicants are invited to express a preference for a placement school at interview. Whenever possible this preference is taken into consideration, along with personal circumstances, geographical location and educational best fit based on the trainees’ prior experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must hold a bachelors degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution (or equivalent as recognised by NARIC), or be currently completing their final year of study. A degree award of 2:2 or above is preferred.

All entrants must also have attained a minimum Grade C/4 (or equivalent) at GCSE in English, Mathematics and a Science subject, or will attain these qualifications before the start of the course. Equivalency tests may be accepted on request.

Personal qualities

The PGCE is an exciting, fast-paced year. Candidates are expected to be enthusiastic, well-organised, hard-working and keen to seek their own highest possible standards of achievement. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • Appropriate subject knowledge or the capacity to develop it during the course
  • A commitment to a career in primary education
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to foster good relationships with children
  • An understanding of the demands and expectations of the teaching profession

Candidates do not need to be a Catholic or from a faith-based background.

Other requirements

The PCP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and trainees to share this commitment. All entrants undergo safeguarding and occupational health checks to ascertain that they are suitable to work with children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

About the training provider

The Primary Catholic Partnership (PCP) SCITT has offered local initial teacher training for nearly twenty years and has been consistently graded Outstanding by Ofsted since 2011. Our lead school, Holy Family Catholic Primary, is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted, as is the primary teacher training provision of our partner, Bath Spa University.

In collaboration with our school and university partners, we offer a supportive training environment to around 35 trainees each year. Our inclusive ethos is central to our vision of training teachers who are confident, dynamic and creative professionals. PCP graduates endorse the high quality of our programme. 100% of respondents to our 2019 survey rated their school placements, preparedness to teach, and the pastoral support they received as good or better. Employment prospects are also strong, as our ‘rates of completion and employment are consistently higher than national figures’ (Ofsted 2018).

PCP SCITT offers a tuition fee PGCE route into teaching, and also works with the Catholic Teaching School Alliance to offer School Direct and Apprentice training places. Our successful alliance consists of over 30 schools in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and IOW. PCP SCITT offers successful applicants the training opportunity that meets their individual needs, in a location near them.

Located in purpose-built accommodation within the grounds of Holy Family Primary School, Southampton, the SCITT offers a well-equipped learning environment with two teaching rooms, a library and a spacious social area with catering facilities. The centre is accessible by car or public transport.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an inclusive provider, PCP SCITT welcomes all candidates who meet the entry requirements, including those with disabilities or other needs. We work with trainees to offer individualised support according to their needs to allow each person the opportunity to reach their teaching potential.

Contact details

023 8077 9753
c/o Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Mansel Road West
SO16 9LP

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