Teaching qualifications and training routes – SCITT

In England, groups of schools have joined to form school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) consortia, running school-based courses.

Successfully completing the SCITT course means qualified teacher status (QTS), and in some cases a PGCE. Check with your consortium on whether they are working with a higher education institution to include the PGCE as part your training (college or university classes might also be included if a PGCE is offered).

The fees for SCITT courses vary from consortium to consortium.

Qualification requirements

  • A UK degree (or recognised equivalent)
  • GCSEs at grade C or above in English and maths (or recognised equivalents)
  • GCSE at grade C or above in science to teach at primary school level.

Professional skills tests

Applicants for initial teacher training courses will need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning training. These are the tests introduced by the government to ensure a standard level of numeracy and literacy amongst teachers.

Fees and funding

Funding you have to pay back

  • Tuition fee loans
    Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to help cover the cost of the SCITT fees. The repayments on a tuition fee loan are linked to your monthly income.
  • Maintenance loan
    Some may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. How much you can borrow is measured against your household income. Visit www.gov.uk for more on maintenance loans.

Funding you don’t have to pay back

  • Department of Education training bursary
    In England, depending on the subject you’d like to teach, the age group, and your degree class, you could be eligible for a teaching bursary. Bursaries range from £3,000 – £30,000. Find out more about training bursaries.
  • Subject association group scholarships
    The Institute of Physics (IOP), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the British Council, and Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships are all offering a number of scholarships worth between £27,500 each (£30,000 for physics) for trainee teachers.

    These scholarships have other benefits attached and are offered instead of the Department for Education (DforE) training bursaries in England. If you apply, but aren’t awarded one of these scholarships, you are still eligible for the DforE bursary.

  • Consortia bursaries
    Consortiums may have their own bursary schemes.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for extra financial help in the form of income support, tax credits and other allowances. You might also be able to apply to the access to learning fund, or the national scholarship programme. Visit www.gov.uk to find out more.


Most SCITT training takes place in the classroom. You’ll be based in a ‘lead school’, with teaching placements at other schools in the group. Teachers at these schools act as your mentors during the course.

SCITT offers graduates keen to base their training in schools a chance to train at primary, middle or secondary school level. The course usually takes a year to complete full time.

How to apply

To apply for school-centred initial teacher training, you need to apply through the UCAS Teacher Training system (which replaced the GTTR in late 2013).

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