Primary Catholic Partnership 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The PGCE is a full-time 38 week course running from September to mid-July, comprising 24 weeks of school-based training and 14 weeks of centre-based training.

The training is structured to enable trainees to gain the most from the integration of their centre and school-based learning experiences and further study modules. Trainees learn about the full range of primary curriculum subjects from expert tutors and also develop essential understanding of key professional themes and concepts such as how children learn, behaviour management, planning and assessment.

Based on up-to-date, research-based best practice, the course design reflects the central importance of trainees’ subject knowledge for teaching and high quality teaching practices in securing strong pupil progress. The course has therefore been designed and sequenced based on this intention so that trainees can access, assimilate and apply information at an acceptable pace and remember and apply core concepts by returning to learning themes cyclically throughout the year.

Application of learning occurs both within centre-based sessions and school-based placements and reflection and feedback supports continued development at different stages in the training. Progression of teaching commitment builds gradually and achievably over the year with trainees typically teaching a 50% timetable by the end of their first placement in Spring, and an 80% timetable by the end of the summer.

All training and assessment has been designed to support trainees in meeting the national Teachers’ Standards (2011) and the additional study requirements for PGCE Master’s credits through the validating university. Over the year, trainees compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievement against the Teachers’ Standards and undertake three assignments to deepen their understanding of core professional practice. Continual ongoing assessment and feedback supports trainees in knowing exactly how well they are progressing and what they can do to aspire to reach even higher standards of professional practice. The PGCE qualification is valued highly by employers and is an essential entry qualification in some countries, should candidates ever wish to teach overseas.

How school placements work

Trainees undertake two separate 12 week block teaching placements in carefully selected contrasting schools and key stages. Trainees specialising in the General Primary (5 – 11) age range are required to undertake one placement in a Key Stage One setting, and one in Key Stage Two.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

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.



Entrants must hold a degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or recognised equivalent. A degree award equivalent to a 2:2 or above is preferred.

Applicants with degrees awarded overseas are advised to contact NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) on 0870 990 4088 to obtain written confirmation of equivalence.

All entrants must have attained a minimum of Level 4 or Grade C (or equivalent) at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Equivalency tests can be arranged 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.

Although the majority of schools in the partnership are Catholic, candidates do not need to be a Catholic themselves or from a faith-based background. About 50% of teachers in Catholic schools are non-Catholic and are valued and respected regardless of their beliefs. As trainees may be placed in Catholic schools on their placements, they should feel personally comfortable teaching in such a setting and willing to be respectful of the school’s religious values.

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.

About the training provider

The Primary Catholic Partnership (PCP) SCITT has been a highly successful initial teacher training provider for twenty years, consistently graded outstanding by Ofsted since 2005. The 2018 Inspection Report commended the SCITT’s “excellent reputation locally and further afield” and noted that “rates of completion and employment are consistently higher than national figures”.

Located in purpose-built accommodation within the grounds of Holy Family Primary School, the SCITT offers a well-equipped learning environment with two teaching rooms, a library and a spacious social area with catering facilities. Southampton city centre is a short drive away and Partnership schools are located across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Trainees are offered high quality centre and school-based training and pastoral support, preparing them to teach confidently in any setting, including faith-based and secular schools. From the outset, trainees are encouraged to set their intentions on ensuring pupil progress through the quality of their teaching.

“The partnership’s faith-based, inclusive ethos is central to its vision to train teachers in becoming confident, dynamic and creative professionals” (Ofsted, 2018). This culture offers a distinctive feature of the training to candidates from faith-based backgrounds but equally, the SCITT’s warm welcome and culture of high standards offers candidates with no religious affinity the confidence that they are training with a provider committed to offering excellent training and strong outcomes. Bespoke training in how to seek and gain successful employment is an additional distinctive feature of the course, highly valued by trainees as an important contributor to securing their first teaching post.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an inclusive provider with a strong moral purpose, the PCP welcomes all candidates who meet the entry requirements, including those with disabilities or other needs. The training site has level access for wheelchair users.

Contact details

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


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