What is the difference between a SCITT and a Traditional PGCE course?

SCITT courses are school based and therefore trainees spend more time in school than on a traditional PGCE course.  SCITT trainees still spend several days at Manchester Metropolitan University, working on the academic element of the course, but this is vastly reduced in comparison to the traditional PGCE.


The outcome of both courses is the same, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS and 60 masters credits.


What do QTS and PGCE qualifications mean?

You need to obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to be able to teach in a maintained school in the UK. With a Post Graduate Certificate in Education you will be able to teach in other countries.

Can I work while I study?

This is not recommended. Teacher training is a very demanding course and trainees are often required to do additional work outside normal school hours.



How do I apply?

Applications are made via the online UCAS website. More details can be found here.


My qualifications are from outside the UK, am I still able to apply for this course?

Yes, but you do need to obtain a statement of comparability from NARIC.  For more information click here

Can I apply if I don't know my degree grade yet?

Yes, you can still apply but an offer would be conditional on successful completion of your degree.


Why do I have to provide two references?

To give training providers an informed assessment of your ability to become a teacher.

Who should be my referee?

It will depend on your experience and the training programme you’re applying for.

Here are some tips:

  • If you’re still at university or have obtained your degree within the past five years, one reference must be from someone at your university who can comment on your academic ability and potential.

  • The other reference can be from someone who knows you from work or who can comment on your character and your potential as a teacher.

  • If you left university more than five years ago, you can choose two referees who know you from work or can comment on how suitable you are for teaching. You can still use an academic referee if you think that’s the right thing for you.

  • If you’re providing a reference from a school where you have been employed or have done classroom observation, it should generally come from the head teacher.

  • You mustn’t use family members, friends, partners or ex-partners as referees.



How do I track my application?

You can monitor the progress of your UCAS application online using Track, as well as reply to offers and keep your personal details up-to-date.

Why can't I pay and send my UCAS teacher training application?

Your application is not complete until both referees have given their agreement and completed and submitted their reference for you. Once both references are complete you will be asked to pay and send the application.


So, first check that you have sent your reference request by going to the reference section and clicking the button “Send Reference requests”. Then contact your referees to make sure they have received the email.