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What is SCITT?

SCITT is a way of undergoing initial teacher training for graduates in a school-centred environment. If you prefer to spend more of your time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment, then a SCITT programme is a good option for you.

What’s the difference between SCITT and University based training?

SCITT is designed and run by schools in a partnership. It is organised by very experienced practising teachers and will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and sometimes a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). You will spend a larger proportion of your time training in the classroom than you might if you follow a university-led course which offers the same qualification. It is worth noting that SCITT still offers tutorials, lectures and seminars that cover the same material as university based courses. Interestingly, The Good Teacher Training Guide 2012 by the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University found, when examining training routes, that ‘SCITTs were rated best by newly qualified teachers’.

Do I need a PGCE to teach?

In England or Wales you can become a teacher with just QTS. If you want to teach elsewhere you will need a PGCE, though it may be possible to apply for QTS in a particular country. So it’s an advantage to take the PGCE whilst doing ITT if you may want to teach further afield at some point.

What types of people do SCITT?

SCITT appeals to new graduates as well as people who may have worked in a variety of careers or, perhaps, have taken time out to raise children. We like to meet the needs of all our trainees no matter how much, or little, previous experience they have.

Is the course full time?

Courses generally last for one year full time between September and June.

Am I eligible?

You need a UK degree or an equivalent qualification related to the subject you want to teach. In recognising that teaching for many people is a vocation, we are happy to consider applicants with all classifications of degree. If you are invited for interview, we can then explore your past experience, subject knowledge, motivation for becoming a teacher as well as your capacity to learn. History shows that many outstanding teachers don’t necessarily have high academic qualifications on entry to the profession. The correlation between high level qualifications and the ability to be an effective teacher is not always as you may imagine.More information is available on the subject pages under ‘entry requirements’.

Will I be paid during the training year?

Government bursaries are usually available for certain subjects – particularly the shortage ones. A bursary is not taxable, doesn’t need repaying and its value is linked to the level of qualification you have. It’s also worth exploring whether scholarships are on offer through subject associations. Again, more information is available on the ‘finance’ page.

Will I Have To Pay Tuition Fees?

You will have to pay tuition fees but you may be eligible for a maintenance grant towards your living costs and can apply to Student Finance England (SFE), or equivalent national bodies, for a loan for your tuition fees. Again, more information is available on the ‘finance’ page.

Will I receive help with travel costs?

Unfortunately we cannot help with these but we do take in to account your location when allocating school placements and try to minimise the travelling student teachers do. West Bridgford School, as the lead school, is only a short distance from our partner Nottingham University.

Is there an age limit to apply for the course?

Not at all. Some of our best students have been more ‘mature’ in years and enrich their teaching with life experience .We welcome applications from people with any classification of degree and are committed to the inclusion of all eligible participants regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion.

How do I apply to East Midlands SCITT?

This is done through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS); more information can be found through our ‘how to apply' page.

How do I get school experience?

It is vital to gain some experience of school life before an interview. Observing lessons, as well as talking to teachers and pupils may give you a different perspective from when you were at school yourself and will strengthen your application. Try to find schools where the experience will be different to your own schooling so you can discover what teaching is really like. Teaching is a hugely rewarding occupation but it’s important you reflect upon whether it’s suitable for you. If you intend applying to East Midlands SCITT we will always welcome you on a pre-visit before you submit an application.
You could ring the Teaching Information Line on 0800 389 2500 to find out about the School Experience Program or visit the NCTL website at:

How do I apply for funding?

Visit the finance page of this website for information about funding for ITT. You may be eligible for a maintenance grant towards your living costs and can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) or equivalent national bodies, for a loan for your tuition fees.