Essex and Thames SCITT
Computing (T897)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

During the programme you will spend at least 120 days in schools and around 40 days in out of school training. Our training is designed by a highly qualified team of senior teachers and leading academics and is primarily based in school.

Training at the Centres

The training days include sessions in Subject Studies, SEND and inclusion, children’s mental health, behaviour and voice. Our training takes place in our training centres and in some of the very best secondary schools in Southend. The programme also gives you access to all Anglia Ruskin University’s facilities.

“NQTs…demonstrate strong subject knowledge and great enthusiasm for their subject, which lead to very confident performances in the classroom.” Ofsted

Training in School

Evidence shows that the best learning comes from training alongside the highest quality teachers, and with us, you benefit from a significant amount of real school experience as you work alongside the best teachers in our area. During the year you will have practical classroom experience in at least two differing schools.


We offer free additional training in Special Educational Needs and Disability and Leadership. All trainees are offered the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification during the year.


Throughout the programme you will be regularly assessed by both school mentors and your SCITT-based tutors

Academic work

You also have the opportunity to study for a PGCE by submitting one written assignment, one written research project and a written assignment with presentation.


You will be assigned your own tutor, who will meet with you regularly, a subject tutor and a school mentor whose role it is to train and support you in school. You will also have access to an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors throughout your course.

‘The partnership (has) a well-deserved reputation for training…that local schools are keen to employ’ Ofsted

By the end of the year you will:

  • Have an excellent understanding of the National Curriculum along with the requirements for assessment and relevant examination specifications

  • Be able to plan and prepare for lessons and set students’ learning objectives with confidence

  • Have strong classroom management skills

  • Know how to address personalise learning to ensure that all pupils are included and can achieve their potential

Interview process

Applications must be clearly written and provide evidence of a strong desire to be a teacher, a passion for your subject and an interest in pupil’s learning.

Successful applicants will be called for interview once your application is received from UCAS. If you have applied and have not heard back from us just give our office a ring (01268 570215) so that we can check on the progress of your application.

The interview process is divided into two parts: the formal SCITT interview and a school-based interview.

Part 1: The interview will be held remotely. You will be asked to give a short presentation and will have a formal interview. You will also be asked to observe an experienced teacher and write about what you have seen. The process gives applicants a chance to demonstrate all the necessary qualities and skills needed to be a successful teacher.

It is important that you come to interviews fully prepared so that we are able to assess your suitability to train.

Successful applicants at part 1 will be notified within 2 working days and offered a school-based interview.

Part Two: You will have a short interview with a subject specialist from one of our schools and may be asked to: Deliver a 30 minute lesson in your chosen subject.

How school placements work

We pride ourselves on being the preferred teacher training provider for the majority of secondary schools in Southend. The breadth of the partnership ensures that we are able to offer a diverse range of training opportunities, learning from leading edge practitioners and experts. Most of our schools are located near public transport and within easy reach for non-drivers. You can see our current list of schools on our website

Placements We do our very best to match you with a school as near to where you live as possible. We take your personal circumstances into account and aim to ensure that no trainee has to travel for more than an hour to reach their schools. You will train in at least 2 schools. We aim to ensure that you are offered experience in a range of settings.

What will you do in school? Working alongside experienced teachers, you will be supported to take on a slowly increasing teaching role. You will build up from observing to co-teaching and working with small groups to teaching whole classes by the end of the final term. A school-based mentor and your subject tutor will provide high quality mentoring and pastoral support throughout your placements.

“School-based training is the key feature leading to trainees’ success. NQTs reported that they were well supported with regular and protected time with their mentors.” Ofsted

Beyond the programme We are thrilled and proud to say that a staggering 100% of our trainees looking for jobs are recruited into teaching posts at the end of their training. Our school-based support extends into the NQT year with social events, a comprehensive NQT training programme and access to 1:1 support from SCITT staff as required.


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

Course fees are set at £9,250 per year full time or £11,250 part time. Part time fees will be charged at £6,750 in year 1 and £4,500 in year 2. Fees are £3,000 per term for those on an accelerated programme.

At Essex and Thames SCITT we understand that you are concerned about how your fees are spent. It’s a big investment and you have every right to know what you’re investing in. Providing you with the very highest quality teacher training is what we are totally committed to doing.

Home and EU/EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of our school direct tuition fees. The loan comes from Student Finance England and once agreed, means that you won’t have to pay the tuition fees up front in order to train with us. You will only start to repay the loan once you are in full time employment and earning over approximately £21,000 per year.

You may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs – amounts are dependent on household income and if you’re living with your parents or away from home. If you are an EU/EEA national, to be considered for a Maintenance Loan, you are also required to have been living in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course. For more details, please use the online Student Finance Calculator

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Our fees for the course are £9,250

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship
  • a bursary

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in a related subject. You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

See our website to find out how to apply for a scholarship or for more details about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.



  • An honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a university in Great Britain or Overseas, or an ordinary degree with 300 credits, of which 60 must be at level 6, or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree. 50% of the degree must be relevant to the subject taught; if the degree does not link closely,
  • A level in that subject and Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may be required.
  • GCSEs at level C (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English.
  • The ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English.
  • A demonstrable passion for your chosen subject.

Personal qualities

We would like to hear from you if you are:

  • Keen to become an outstanding teacher;
  • Passionate about your subject;
  • Have a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject you wish to teach.
  • Creative and imaginative;
  • Keen to open the minds of young people to achieve their fullest potential;
  • Able to work collaboratively;
  • Prepared to innovate and take risks:
  • Prepared to learn from research;
  • Prepared to work hard to develop your skills and your understanding of how pupils learn;
  • Committed to providing a positive nurturing learning environment.

Other requirements

Once you have accepted your offer we will make an application for an enhanced DBS check. All offers will be subject to this being completed successfully.

All candidates are required to make a fitness to teach declaration to Occupational Health.

About the training provider

We are a large dynamic partnership of schools with 21 years of experience behind us. Our excellent training is supported by expert practitioners in more than 130 good and outstanding primary and secondary schools throughout the East of England. Due to the outstanding reputation we hold locally for the provision of rigorous and effective training 100% of our trainees gain employment each year, often within partner schools (86% in 2019). Our course has one of the highest long-term retention rates in the country, currently approximately 30% higher than the national average.

Programmes Not only will you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by training with us, but you will also receive professional training in educational theory leading to a PGCE award with masters level credits (validated by Anglia Ruskin University). As a result, you will begin your teaching career with excellent practical teaching skills and a deep understanding of the underpinning educational theory enabling you to work effectively across the whole primary phase of education.

‘Training is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all trainees.’ Ofsted.

Support We pride ourselves on offering bespoke support and guidance through your Personal Tutors and School-Based Mentors during your training and we continue this into your first year of teaching with our NQT support team.

Visit to hear what our trainees and schools say about us.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training with a disability We value diversity and encourage applications for places from disabled trainees. Many trainees with a wide range of disabilities have successfully completed our course; many leaving us to go on and become outstanding teachers.

What happens if you have additional needs? Each year we recruit trainees with a wide range of additional needs and we regularly work in partnership with other agencies to ensure we provide everyone with the best possible support. The SCITT employs the services of a specialist in Occupational Health, and working together, we can accommodate the needs of any applicant we feel has the potential become a good teacher and therefore an asset to our schools.

Dyslexia and Dyspraxia We accept trainees every year with dyslexia and /or dyspraxia and have a number of specialist mentors in our schools who can provide bespoke advice and guidance. All trainees with disabilities will have allocated sessions with a centre-based tutor who can ensure that any reasonable adjustments are made to your training.

Mental Health We pride ourselves on our approach to trainee wellbeing. We work extensively with other services to ensure that we provide you with the best possible support. We are able to offer coaching and access to counselling services as needed. All our staff are trained mental health first aiders. Taught sessions include mindfulness, stress management and resilience training.

If you need adjustments to be made at interview, or wish to discuss any aspect of access in more detail please email

Contact details

01268 570 215
Essex & Thames SCITT
Runwell Primary School
Canewdon Gardens, Runwell
SS11 7BJ


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
London and Essex Site
Runwell Primary School, Canewdon Gardens, Runwell, Essex, SS11 7BJ
Yes -
Southend Site
Edwards Hall Primary School, Macmurdo Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 5AQ
Yes 7

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