Somerset SCITT Consortium
Primary (3-7) (X121)

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
August 2021


About the course

Trainees will study the following topic areas:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice.
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Subject Specialist Research
  • Global Dimensions
  • Foundation Studies As well as the above we offer the following conference themes:
  • Learning without Limits
  • Psychologies/EAL
  • Behaviour
  • Teaching cross curricular English with a global dimension.

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.

Interview process

The interview process is currently held virtually and is made up of an interview with 2 or 3 members of the SCITT senior leadership team; a presentation; and a book activity.

Applicants are asked to write a reflective account of the different aspects of the interview process.

Applicants will also need to undertake an English and maths audit. More information is given about these activities when successful applicants are invited to interview.

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

How school placements work

You will undertake 3 Placements,

Autumn Term 1 duration of 7 weeks Spring Term duration of 7 weeks Summer Term duration of 9 weeks

These are in Reception and Key stage 1 classes.

There is a 2 day placement in a Nursery/Early Years setting.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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.



The mandatory entry requirements for this programme are:

  • A UK full degree or equivalent.
  • GCSE in English language, Maths and Science Grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

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 nationally and locally would be advisable preparation for the interview process.

Other requirements

Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • DBS Check
  • Health check
  • Proof of Identification

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 6 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
  • School Direct salaried
  • Teaching Apprenticeship.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We comply with the DDE requirements.

Contact details

Dillington House
TA19 9DT


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