Somerset SCITT Consortium Primary (5-11) (X100)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

Somerset SCITT’s curriculum is based on our INSPIRE principles:

  • Inclusivity

  • Nurturing Behaviour

  • Support and progress of pupils though assessment

  • Promoting high expectations

  • Instilling confidence

  • Response to and critically engage with research and national developments

  • Enhance trainees subject and pedagogical knowledge

Trainees will attend Taught sessions in block release. Trainees will complete 3 school placements in local Somerset and Devon schools, the placements run in the second half of each term in line with Somerset term dates.

School placements

There are 3 Placements.

Autumn Term 1 duration of 7 weeks

Spring Term duration of 8 weeks

Summer Term duration of 9 weeks

These are in a range of year groups and a range of schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with a genuine interest in working with children.

You need to be adaptable and responsive, be able to multi task and be committed to the principles of life-long learning; at Somerset SCITT, we believe that the most effective teacher is someone who sees themselves as a learner too.

Experience of working in a school is not essential, but is an advantage. Reading about child development, reflecting on the role of a teacher and finding out about current education developments both nationally and locally would be advisable preparation for the interview process.

Other requirements

Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • DBS Check
  • Health check
  • Proof of Identification
  • Suitable references
  • To comply with KCSIE (2022) online search of all shortlisted candidates will be completed.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in Somerset began in 1997 in partnership with the University of Worcester. Somerset SCITT has continued to grow from strength to strength, providing high quality, local teacher training to benefit the education of young people across Somerset and the Southwest. In 2017 Somerset SCITT was awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (in all areas). Our ethos is :

  • To contribute to the quality and status of the teaching profession by training effective teachers whose classroom proficiency and professional judgement have been developed to a level where they can make the best possible start in their teaching careers.
  • To encourage Trainees to see all aspects of their training as a basis for their continuing professional development.
  • To help Trainees understand and become familiar with a range of professional and educational issues and to apply their growing knowledge and skills in a practical and supporting environment.

We currently offer 5 routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary (ages 5-11 years)

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Early Years Specialism (ages 3-7 years)

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary with SEN Specialism (ages 5-11 years)

  • School Direct non-salaried

  • Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship.

Interview process

If an applicant is successfully shortlisted they will be invited to attend a face to face or virtual interview which comprises of 3 components:

  • Presentation

  • Formal Interview with members of the ITT team

  • Book Activity - pre set task

We work hard to make sure our interview process is accessible to all potential students.

Applicants are asked to provide proof of qualifications and proof of ID documentation. The duration of the interview is approximately 3 hours.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We comply with the DDE requirements.

Contact this training provider

Dillington House
TA19 9DT

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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