Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT (PCP SCITT) Primary (X100)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The PCP SCITT PGCE (5-11) 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 an integrated 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 PCP 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 the full range of non-core subjects. Professional Studies sessions introduce trainees to core themes underpinning the school curriculum such as Assessment, planning, Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding. Trainees’ understanding of relevant theory such as the impact of cognitive load is introduced early in the course and then revisited through the curriculum areas. Particular importance is placed on trainees’ subject knowledge for teaching and the acquisition of high-quality teaching practices that support secure pupil outcomes.

Assessment opportunities support trainees in meeting the summative assessment of mastery of the Teachers’ Standards (2011) and the requirements for PGCE Master’s credits through Bath Spa University. Over the year, trainees undertake three written assignments to deepen their understanding of core professional theory and 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 teaching placements in carefully selected contrasting schools and key stages. Trainees specialising in the General Primary (5 – 11) age range undertake one placement in a Key Stage One setting and one in Key Stage Two.

School-based training is supervised by a school mentor, usually the class teacher, who guides their trainee towards meeting course intended outcomes 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 developmental targets. Trainees are also 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.

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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
St James Square, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2BX
Holy Family Catholic Primary School PCP SCITT
Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Mansel Road West, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 9LP
Springhill Catholic Primary
Milton Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 2HW
St Bede’s Catholic Primary School
Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9DX
St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School
Cottage View, Landport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 1PX
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
Oliver’s Battery Road North, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4JB
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Hooks Lane, Havant, Hants, PO6 4JD
St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School
City Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 4SZ

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.

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

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 2022 to 2023 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 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 students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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

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