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      Entry Requirements

      What is essential?

      • You will need to hold the equivalent of an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales. (Or be on track to gain this qualification by summer 2024)
      • GCSE grade C or 4 and above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics or equivalent. (We also accept GCSE English and Mathematics equivalency qualifications)

      What is desirable?

      • A good understanding of the subject knowledge required for teaching your chosen subject. This can be shown through a relevant degree and or your A Level (or other Level 3) qualifications.
      • A good understanding of schools and teaching as a profession. Here at Leeds SCITT, we will do everything we can to support you in organising visits within our partnership schools prior to starting the course. Please get in touch to arrange a visit.


      Course Fees

      The fees for 2024-25 for the Leeds SCITT PGCE course (includes QTS + 60 master’s credits):

      – UK home students: £9,250

      – Overseas students: £15,000


      What funding can I access?

      There are three types of funding available for teacher training – depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:
      – Tax-free bursary or scholarship
      – Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan via Student Finance England (SFE)
      – Additional financial support if you’re a parent or carer or have a disability.

      Student Bursaries

      What is a bursary?

      The Government provides incentivised monetary awards to encourage high quality candidates into the teaching vocation, which are called bursaries. Unlike student loans, a bursary is organised through your college or university and does not require you to repay the awarded amount.

      Do I need to apply for the bursary?

      If you enrol on a PGCE course, you will not need to fill out an application to apply for a student bursary.

      How do I know if I’m eligible for a bursary?

      The bursary you may be entitled to will depend on the subject you are studying and the undergraduate degree classification you have achieved.

      What is a scholarship?

      Scholarships also come with a package of additional benefits from the appropriate professional body. Scholarship applicants should apply to the relevant professional body, details are available on Get Into Teaching. For further guidance see: Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual.

      How much do I receive as a bursary or scholarship?

      The table below shows the bursaries and scholarships which are available for the academic year 2024 – 2025. For further information, see the funding my training page. If you’re a non-UK EU national, you could also receive this support.

      Eligibility 2024/2025
      Scholarships Bursaries
      Trainee with 1st, 2:1, PhD or Master’s Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s
      Computing, Chemistry, Maths or Physics £30,000 £28,000
      Biology, D&T, Geography £25,000
      Languages (French, German & Spanish) £27,000 £25,000
      Art & Design, English, Music & RE £10,000

      Overseas Applications

      Which subjects are open to international applicants?

      Only French, Spanish and Physics are open to international applicants.

      Is there a bursary available?

      Bursaries are available for Languages and Physics if you meet eligibility criteria. Please check: Fees and financial support for non-UK trainee teachers.

      Can I access the International Relocation Payment?

      Please note that overseas applications are required to meet the eligibility criteria of holding an equivalent of a UK 2:1 classification and their UG degree to be in the subject they are applying for to be eligible for the Relocation Payment.

      *This payment is not paid until you have moved to the UK and started on the course and is decided by the UK government not ITT providers.

      When will course fee payments be due?

      The fees for international students are: £15,000, 50% of which will be payable prior to starting the course. Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which is required to apply for a Student Route visa, will not be issued until we receive this payment. This deposit is non-refundable unless you are refused a visa to study in the UK. ​​The second 50% will be payable within the first 8 weeks of starting the course.

      What can I do to help progress my application?

      If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, to make the final decision if your qualifications meet the minimum requirements, you may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK ENIC or ECCTIS.

      *We highly recommend getting your statement of comparability as early as possible to ensure that you can meet all offer conditions prior to our May 31st deadline.

      How do I get my Student Route Visa?

      If you require a Student Route Visa to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Tuesday 30th April 2024. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Friday 31st May 2024.

      Which non-academic checks are required as part of my application?

      A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate, Police check from your home country, a satisfactory occupational health screening and two satisfactory references sent from professional email accounts.

      *If offered a place you will be sent information regarding these checks, and we ask that you respond promptly so as not to delay your application.

      Where can I find more information about teacher training in the UK?

      Subject Knowledge Enhancement

      Can I do a SKE Course?

      Some applicants may be eligible to do an SKE course. This will be discussed when we review your subject knowledge audit during your interview.

      *We recommend reading more information about SKEs here: An Introduction to Subject Knowledge Enhancement

      Preparing for interview

      Interviews and Interpersonal skills – who are we looking for?

      No one is born a great teacher. All teachers continuously improve over time, benefitting from the mentoring of expert colleagues and a structured introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching.

      • These are some important attributes and skills we hope to see in applicants:
      • Passion and enthusiasm for your subject
      • Strong subject knowledge and a willingness to develop subject knowledge
      • Innovative and excited to learn new ideas to support pupils to progress
      • Organised and able to prioritise
      • Able to network and build positive relationships with others
      • Pro-active and able to reflect on your own development
      • Willing to support and help young people, whilst maintaining high expectations

      To view our full Trainee Secondary Teacher Person Specification click here.

      Online Interviews – what to expect?

      The interview will take place via Microsoft Teams. The length of the video interview will be approximately 1.5 hours.

      Prior to the interview, you will be asked to prepare some Pre-Interview Tasks to support the process:

      Share your strengths and areas for development from our subject knowledge audit with fundamental literacy and numeracy skills. Please click the relevant link below to download the subject knowledge audit for your specific subject focus.

      Art & Design
      Computer Science with IT
      Design Technology
      PE, including PE with EBacc
      Science with Biology
      Science with Chemistry
      Science with Physics

      For practical subjects including Art & Design, Dance, Drama, D&T, MFL, Music and PE, candidates will be expected to share a portfolio and or complete a short video showcasing their skills in a particular area.

      A 5-minute presentation on a subject specific topic area and how this could be taught.

      If you are offered a place you will be invited to visit the Lead School at a later date.

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