The SCITT programme is a great way for students who are looking to gain a QTS qualification. It is a great qualification for students who are looking to become a teacher and is a perfect way to gain a postgraduate qualification
What does SCITT stand for?
SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training.
What is SCITT?
SCITT Programmes are teacher training courses that lead students into a QTS. A SCITT programme can award students with a PGCE degree, although this does not always happen.
SCITT Programmes are teacher training courses that lead students into a QTS.
So, what is a SCITT in schools? The programme for a SCITT is run by local schools, who are focusing on giving graduates the chance to get some practical teacher training and to also give graduates the chance to learn on the job as well.
How to apply for SCITT and SCITT entry requirements
You will have to apply for the SCITT via the UCAS Teacher Training Portal.
As it is the case with most applications through UCAS, you will need to provide a Personal Statement and two referees. Once your application has been accepted (if it is accepted), you will be invited for an interview, which isn’t too dissimilar to a university interview. Once you've done this, you may be required to complete an aptitude test.
As it is the case with most applications through UCAS, you will need to provide a Personal Statement and two referees.
As for entry requirements, in order to take part in the SCITT Programme, you will be required to have a C at GCSE level in Mathematics and a C in English (Literature or Language) and students who have ambitions towards teaching primary aged children, will need to attain a grade C in Science subjects as well.
How much does SCITT cost?
So, how much is SCITT?
The cost of SCITT can change depending on where you are studying and what you are studying, but more often than not, it is around £9,000. It is relatively similar to the PGCE and the PGDE qualification in terms of funding, however, the PGCE does have it’s own PGCE funding options as well.
There are a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships for students who are looking to participate in the SCITT. SCITT funding could be very useful.
As it is the case with most applications through UCAS, you will need to provide a Personal Statement and two referees..
Those who have a PhD or a Masters at a 2:2 level or higher, are able to claim a bursary of around £26,000 as long as their 2:2 is in one of these subjects:
- Modern Foreign Languages
Those who have a 2:2 or higher in Mathematics are entitled to a bursary of £30,000.
There are bursaries available in other subjects as well, but these don’t receive a bursary as high as £26,000. The following subjects are entitled to a bursary between £4,000 and £15,000:
- Design and Technology
- Religious Studies
- Primary Mathematics
There are also some scholarships available for students as well. Scholarships can go a tad higher than both bursaries, as they can fetch around £28,000 for students (£32,000 if you're studying Mathematics).
The following subjects are eligible for scholarships:
- Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)
Your eligibility for these bursaries, grants or scholarships will all depend on you, as their may be different rules, laws, standards and regulations, especially for international students, but there are also scholarships available for international students as well.
Can I get paid on SCITT?
Unfortunately, no. These are not paid placements. You may end up with a pretty sweet gig at the end of it at the school who is teaching you, but it’s unlikely that you'll get paid before then.
Anyone who does want to be paid for doing a SCITT, may want to apply for The School Direct programme instead.
Anyone who does want to be paid for doing a SCITT, may want to apply for The School Direct programme instead, which works in the same way, but with an added financial incentive in it.
What is the difference between SCITT and School Direct?
There isn't too much between the two, in reality.
Both offer routes into teacher training and both have the ability to award students with a PGCE qualification. The main differences are that SCITT itself awards a PGCE in a SCITT, whereas, those studying the School Direct will have their PGCE awarded by their HEI (Higher Education Institute) partner.
Both School Direct and SCITT offer routes into teacher training and both have the ability to award students with a PGCE qualification.
SCITT teaching is a great way for students to learn more about the world of teacher training and also about what the challenges are for you when you start teaching as well.