What are we looking for?


Ambitious, energetic, dedicated, well-qualified and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about teaching and learning.


You will have a genuine desire and commitment to inspire all abilities in the secondary age range.


Successful trainees benefit from experience of working with young people and undertaken some secondary school experience.


We welcome trainees from a variety of backgrounds. Some come straight from university, others have already had a career, and some have experience working with children in other settings.



Minimum degree required

A good honours degree (2:ii or above) is usually required, however each application is considered individually.

Candidates wishing to teach Mathematics or Physics who have obtained, or who are expected to achieve, a degree below 2:ii are still eligible for the programme if they possess a grade B or above at A level in their chosen subjects.


School experience

School experience is not a requirement for entry to the course, however successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning within an appropriate educational context.



Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
GCSE Mathematics and English are required, grade C/4 or above.


Please also note that candidates will be required to pass a DBS check and a Fitness to Teach assessment.


Applications are made via the online UCAS website.  You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.  

Our available courses can be found through the UCAS find a teacher training programme 

UCAS provider code (SCITT) – 25Q Cheshire East SCITT

As part of your application you will need to write a personal statement.  This is the place to promote yourself and explain why you think you would make an enthusiastic teacher.  Tell us about your strengths, experiences and ideas.



Interview process


Interviews take place in Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where the Cheshire East SCITT is based.





Arrive and welcome
You will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the SCITT staff.

You will be formally interviewed by two or three members of the SCITT leadership team.

Tour of school
You will have the opportunity to meet current sixth form students and tour the school.
You will be asked to prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson to a class of Year 7 or 8 students, in your chosen subject.  In some cases a topic will be agreed in advance.
Lunch provided
Written reflection tasks
Candidates will be asked to answer questions on an article which will be sent in advance.
You will also be asked to reflect on the lesson delivered earlier in the day.
Student panel interview
Candidates will have an interview with a small group of students who will be asked to provide feedback.
Finish and next steps
An opportunity to ask any last questions and discuss what happens next.


These two-day events run throughout the year to find out what life as a teacher is really like.


They are designed for those who are intending to apply for an Initial Teacher Training course, whether straight from university or as a career change. 

Activities include:
· Observing variety of classes, meet current teachers, support staff and pupils.
· Learning more about the wider role of a teacher. 
· Receiving top tips from current trainees and newly qualified teachers. 
· Finding out more about the training process.
· Gaining support with interview process.


Cost: £20 for both days, includes lunch.


For more details or to book a place please contact