Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT (PCP SCITT) Primary (T821)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
minimum 13 months - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023


Course summary

Teacher Apprenticeship Training Route

Apprenticeships are a salaried training route appropriate for existing school employees, or experienced applicants with a school prepared to employ them for the duration of the course. This route culminates in QTS but does not carry an additional PGCE award.

Features of this course

  • A salaried training route lasting for a minimum of 13 months (usually around 4 school terms)

  • Apprentices are released for 20% of their working hours (the equivalent of one day a week) for off-the-job training (including attendance at SCITT central training sessions)

  • Salary costs are met by the employing school

  • Training costs are paid through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund

  • Central training is provided by PCP SCITT, which is on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

  • The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of an Apprenticeship

  • Apprentice trainees undertake their main placement in their employing school in addition to a placement of at least six weeks in a contrasting setting and key stage

  • Apprentices are assessed formatively throughout the year against Intended Learning Outcomes and summatively against the Teachers’ Standards (2012). They will also complete 2 written assignments and undertake an End Point Assessment in Term 4 of the apprenticeship.

Candidates and their supporting school may contact PCP SCITT prior to submitting an application to discuss apprenticeship levy funding eligibility and requirements.

School placements

Apprentice trainees undertake a main placement in their employing school in addition to a placement of at least six weeks in a contrasting setting and key stage.

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.

We recommend but may accept tests from other providers by prior arrangement. Equivalency test costs are met by the candidate.

Personal qualities

The apprenticeship 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

Applications are invited from existing school employees, or those who have arranged for a school to employ them for the duration of their apprenticeship.​

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.


For the period of their training, all apprentices must be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher and paid in line with their employing school’s pay policy. This includes periods of training spent in other schools.

Maintained schools and local authorities must abide by school teachers’ pay and conditions, which states that an unqualified teacher must be paid such salary within the minimum and maximum of the unqualified teacher pay range.

Fees and financial support

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 40 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 2020 survey rated the quality of their training 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 CTSA 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.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

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 this training provider

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

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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