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Three Counties Alliance SCITT Social sciences (V553)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part 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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year (full-time) or up to 2 years (part-time)
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will teach one of more of the social sciences: sociology/psychology/criminology/health & social care/politics/law. You may also teach PSHE/SMSC and/or some of the humanities at KS3.

Here is a brief overview of our programme - for more details please visit YTCA SCITT: Programme Information.

Our well-established programme, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted (2016), requires trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice, and to demonstrate they meet the Teachers’ Standards.

In summary we offer:

  • a mixture of experiential and academic learning;
  • high-quality training delivered by skilled and experienced practitioners;
  • placements in at least two schools with the opportunity to experience other specialised educational settings;
  • bespoke curriculum and subject knowledge development training;
  • excellent pastoral care, well-being training and support;
  • one-to-one personalised support throughout the training year from in-school mentors and the YTCA SCITT team;
  • inclusion of a PGCE in Education led by Sheffield Hallam University (four taught sessions, two modules, two practice-based assignments);
  • the opportunity to complete a two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training course;
  • support with finding school employment once qualified.

Our core curriculum is primarily delivered through “Hub Days”. Our course structure follows a coherent 3-week cycle starting with an Academic Tutorial for each aspect of pedagogy that you will look at. After some time in school, this is followed by a practical workshop led by practicing teachers who are expert practitioners. The workshops are designed to develop strategies and skills for the classroom as well as opportunities to network with other trainees and reflect on practice. Finally you are supported to implement what you have learnt in your own teaching by your school mentors.

Hub days also include show and tell sessions where you can share something that has worked well, a challenge or good resource, and reflection sessions to revisit your practice at regular intervals.

Assessment for this course is through school experience (placements), a Reflective Portfolio which is primarily based online and consists of elements such as development records, Academic Tutorial work, school-based tasks and presentations where you focus on a particular theme/topic/class and share your reflections about your development and impact on learning.

The next full and part-time programmes will start in September 2021 and, for those trainees that meet the Teachers’ Standards, finish in June/July 2022 (full-time - dates TBC) or sometime in 2023 (part-time, dependent on timetable)

School placements

The placements you complete during your training year will give you a breadth of experience and provide a range of opportunities for you to demonstrate you have met all the Teachers’ Standards.

We currently have 6 excellent secondary partner schools with a proven track record of developing outstanding trainees.

  • Trainees undertaking Secondary 11-16 and 11-19 (school-based Post-16 training) courses will follow the “AB” model.

Placement A consists of 2 school induction days and 16 teaching weeks. This is your opportunity to develop your core teaching skills.

Placement B consists of 2 school induction days and 14 teaching weeks. You will be placed in a contrasting school so you can develop your skills in different areas.

  • Trainees undertaking a Secondary 11-19 course (college-based Post-16 training) will follow the “ABA” model.

Placement A (part 1) consists of 2 school induction days and 10 teaching weeks. This is your opportunity to develop your core teaching skills.

Placement B is with one of our Post-16 partners. This placement consists of 2 induction days and 10 teaching weeks. It is an opportunity to focus on teaching Post-16 in a contrasting setting so you can develop your skills in different areas.

You then return to Placement A (part 2) to refine your skills in a school setting (a further 10 teaching weeks).

We also have time dedicated to Enrichment Experiences which include:

  • Two days in a KS2 and two days in a KS5 setting;
  • Completion of a two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course;
  • Some trainees may also spend a day in other educational settings. These might include visits to a Pupil Referral Unit, Special Needs schools/units, schools with specialisms, etc.

We take into consideration information given to us by successful candidates regarding issues with travel, etc.

Part-time calendars are created in negotiation with the trainee and their placement school – please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

An degree at classification 2:2 or above from a UK university (or equivalent):

  • All subjects are acceptable;
  • Third class degrees will be considered on an individual basis;
  • If you are in your final year at University we will look at your predicted grade.

A-Levels (or equivalent) - if your degree is not directly related to the subject you want to teach we consider your A-level (or equivalent) qualifications.

Personal qualities

We usually see candidates demonstrate the following in successful applications and interviews:

  • A genuine desire to support young people and help them develop and succeed;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and an understanding of a career in teaching;
  • A proactive and reflective approach to their own development;
  • The ability to relate to and engage with young people;
  • A passion for their subject;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to research and engage with current educational themes;
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to explain concepts clearly;
  • Initiative, innovation and resilience.

Other requirements

  • Good subject knowledge (assessed at interview);

  • Whilst not compulsory, we recommend that you have some recent experience of working in a school so that you fully understand the expectations and demands of the role of a teacher. It would be beneficial for you to observe some teaching in your chosen subject. Please visit this page and enter: “WF9 2UJ” to arrange School Experience with us.

If successful at interview…

  • Completed medical questionnaire;
  • Enhanced DBS clearance by us which is subscribed to the Update Service;
  • RO2 and declaration form (relating to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974).

Fees and financial support

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

The cost for the course is £9250. Candidates may be eligible for a student loan, bursary or scholarship.

Please visit Get into Teaching: An overview of funding for more information.

About the training provider

“YTCA has been fantastic. The support I have received has been second to none. Without the personal, approachable nature of the staff, mentors and other trainees I would not have progressed as much as I have. The course provides a wealth of training, experiences, opportunities and personalised support. Its smaller size is just one of its greatest strengths. I have had an incredible year!” Secondary Trainee 2018-19

The YTCA SCITT has a highly successful track record of developing outstanding teachers. As a relatively small provider we are able to personalise our training and offer the support our trainees deserve.

Students in our schools have a right to the best education and learning opportunities by being taught by outstanding teachers. Our vision is therefore to ensure the best possible education in Yorkshire schools through our collective passion for Initial Teacher Training.

Our programme aims to:

  • Produce outstanding newly-qualified teachers;
  • Enrich the education sector by delivering a quality of teacher recruitment that will drive forward school improvement;
  • Provide access to high-quality professional development opportunities for trainees.

We strive for excellence and are achieving this by:

  • Providing a challenging, stimulating and inspirational training programme run by expert practitioners;
  • Supporting our trainees to work at Masters Level for a PGCE;
  • Working with partners who are committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging and professional learning environment;
  • Preparing our trainees for future leadership roles within the teaching profession and education sector.

To find out more please visit our website.

Interview process

Our aim is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates that meet our success criteria; those best prepared to begin QTS assessment and most likely to excellent teachers by the end of their training.

Please note that the following information is subject to change due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

If your application is successful, we will invite you to an interview at one of our partner schools. The panel usually includes the SCITT Programmes Lead, a subject specialist and another ITT specialist.

The interview process includes:

  • Teaching a 25-minute lesson based on a topic and class data which you will receive prior to interview. We do take into account that you may never have taught before so we aren’t looking for a perfect lesson! Instead, we will be considering your potential to become a teacher!

  • A 10-minute presentation about the British education system, that you have pre-prepared;

  • A 30-minute interview which will cover your reasons for wanting to teach, your understanding of the role of the teacher, your own skills and attributes and how these might support you in your training and current issues in education.

  • Document check (ID & qualifications);

  • Subject knowledge test (30-40 minutes) - designed to assess the breadth and depth of your knowledge across the curriculum (primary) or in your subject (secondary).

Training with disabilities and other needs

The YTCA SCITT has a commitment to equality of opportunity for all, and welcomes candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, disability, religious or social contexts.

We seek to challenge racism, sexism, ageism or homophobia and to remove obstacles facing people with disabilities or from particular socio-economic backgrounds. It is required of everyone in our partnership to reflect these values at all times.

Disability Access

In the past we have worked successfully with many trainees with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as those with physical disabilities and mental health challenges.

If you have special needs you wish to discuss with us prior to interview, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met.

Pastoral Support

We offer various forms of pastoral support for trainees:

  • We run a ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy You!’ strand through our Core Training Programme. This looks at how to maintain well-being and build resilience as a trainee;
  • Placement school mentors have responsibility for ensuring the welfare of trainees placed with them;
  • Each trainee will also have a designated member of the YTCA SCITT team to support their well-being during the course. The support will take the form of regular contact via email/phone, half-termly meetings and can also include additional support where required.

If you have any specific queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss them further.

Contact this training provider

Minsthorpe Community College
Minsthorpe Lane,
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

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