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Application Process

Entry Requirements

Finance & SKE Information

Application Process

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    Step 1

    Research what Subject you would like to choose and whether this style of learning is for you. Pending funding approval, you may be able to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to upgrade your skills in a new subject. The government will publish the SKE package of support for the academic year 2021-2-022 including subjects and courses in due course.

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    Step 2

    Apply for a course through  Apply for teacher training – GOV.UK (

    Our Apply Institution Code name is LDSS and our Institution Code is L26

    Use the specific course code listed on each Leeds SCITT subject page

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    Step 3

    Feel free to contact us if you need any further advice or assistance with your application. Click here to contact us

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    Step 4

    You can review your application here OR you can click here to view Interview Help

Entry Requirements


  • For postgraduate teacher training programmes, you will need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales. We also accept GCSE English and Mathematics equivalency qualifications.
  • GCSE grade C or 4 and above in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent

Overseas Qualifications

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 NARIC.

Please note the skills test is no longer part of the entry requirements for teacher training in England. We will ensure candidates are provided with any necessary support with fundamental literacy or numeracy skills before or during the course.

  • A satisfactory DBS check
  • 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.
Interviews and Interpersonal skills – who are we looking for?

No one is born a great teacher. Great 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.

  • People who are passionate, enthusiastic and have a strong understanding of their subject
  • People who are innovative and excited about learning new ideas to support pupils in making good progress
  • People who are organised and can prioritise their work
  • People who have networking abilities and can build relationships
  • People who have a proactive and reflective approach in their own development
  • People who have high expectations for young people, are willing to support and help them to succeed
Online Interviews – what to expect
  • The interview will take place via Microsoft Teams.
  • The length of the video interview will be approximately 1 hour
  • 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.
  • Share your strengths and areas for development from our Literacy & Numeracy audit
  • For practical subjects including Art & Design, Dance, Drama, D&T, 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 written task to support your understanding and and any relevant experience to teaching, as well as showcasing your written communication skills.
  • 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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Want to hear more about training at Leeds SCITT? What do Trainees experience on the Leeds SCITT Course and what support is offered? What are the benefits of the Leeds SCITT course? Find out what our tutors and trainees have to say – Our Videos

Subject Knowledge Enhancement course was organised by Leeds SCITT . . . I had an outstanding experience and I’m really grateful for it

— Munaza, D&T Trainee

Finance & SKE Information

Course Fees

If you are a home resident you may receive a training bursary.

The fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course (including QTS and 60 masters credits) for the academic year which ranges from 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023 is £9,250.

Available Student Bursaries

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.

If you are currently enrolled on a PGCE course you will not need to fill out an application to apply for a student bursary. The bursary you may be entitled to will depend on the subject you are studying and the undergraduate degree classification you have achieved.

The table below shows the bursaries and scholarships which are available for the academic year 2022 – 2023. For more information on bursaries for other subjects, please visit the Department for Education website.

Bursaries and scholarships

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
  • Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

An overview of the bursaries and scholarships available can be found in the table below. You’ll need a first, 2:1, PhD or Master’s to be eligible for a scholarship though in exceptional circumstances they may be awarded to a graduate with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience. Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s. Further information on funding options two and three can be found on the funding my training page. If you’re a non-UK EU national, you could also receive this support.

The financial offer for 2022/2023
Eligibility 2022/2023
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 £26,000 £24,000
Biology £10,000
D&T, Geography or Languages £15,000

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.

Trainees cannot receive both a scholarship and a bursary.

Further guidance on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships will be available in the Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual in due course.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course

Find out whether you are eligible for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses.


How to apply

Once you’ve accepted your place on a non-salaried teacher training course, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan via Student Finance England (SFE).

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