About The Course

About The Course

Is the course full time?
Yes, the course runs from September to July as a full time course.
What time does the course start and finish each day?
The taught element of the course generally starts at 9:00am and finishes at 5:00pm. However, on occasions, this may be slightly different. When trainees are on school attachments, they must be at school at least half an hour before that school starts (which for some Schools is 8:30am) and must stay at least 1 hour after the end of school.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is ongoing via school based tasks, assignments and observations during school attachments.
How many school attachments will I have?
You will have 2 attachments in 2 different schools in each key phase of your course. Primary with Early Years (3-7 years) – one placement in Reception/Nursery and one in Key Stage 1; General Primary (5-11 years) – one placement in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2.
What school will I be working in?

You will be working in one of our partner schools within Victoria Academies Teacher Training.

Can I choose my attachment school?

No. You could be placed in any Trust school although special circumstances may be taken into account.

Can I be flexible on the course hours especially when on school attachments?
Unfortunately not. You will be required to attend the course at the hours specified

General Questions

General Questions

What qualification will I leave with?

Depending on your chosen training route, the Victoria Victoria Academies Teacher Training course leads to either a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or QTS only.

What is a ‘general primary’ course?

This means you will be trained to teach children aged 5 – 11 years in key stages 1 and 2.

What does SCITT stand for?

School Centred Initial Teacher Training.

Is there any accommodation attached to the course?

Unfortunately not. We would recommend contacting local estate agents and letting agents if you are moving to the area.

I have children, are there any childcare facilities?

Unfortunately not.

Will I be required to travel during the course?

Yes, one of the advantages of training with Victoria Academies Teacher Training is that trainees carry out their training within and across the schools that comprise Victoria Academies Trust. In doing so, trainees gain a variety of experiences within a range of school settings. Therefore there is the requirement to travel to these locations.



How many places do you have?

We have 20 places available for 2018-19.

When does the application process open each year?
UCAS Teacher Training opens in October each year for courses starting the following September. Candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible to gain the best chance of being offered an interview
Is there any age limit to apply for the course?

No. Victoria Academies Teacher Training SCITT is committed to the inclusion of all eligible participants, regardless of gender, age, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, religion or nationality.

When does the course close for applications?
The course closes when all the places are filled.
Can I apply if I am still currently finishing my degree?
Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your degree at a level 2:2 or above by the first day of the course.
Can I apply if I am waiting for exam results for GCSEs?
Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 For new GCSEs) or above by the first day of the course.
What happens if I am offered a place on the course conditional on exam results and don’t achieve the required grades?
Your offer would be withdrawn.
What if I don’t have the relevant GCSEs to be able to apply?
If you do not have the relevant GCSE’s, the alternative is to arrange to sit equivalency tests via www.equivalencytesting.com You can undertake a distance learning course and then arrange to sit a test, or if you feel that your subject knowledge is sufficient, you can sit the test straight away. The CETT SCITT does not offer testing facilities and any courses or tests must be arranged independently by candidates. We do not accept any other equivalency tests. On your UCAS application you should indicate that you are applying for tests. Any offers of places on the course made would be subject to you obtaining these qualifications by the first day of the course.
What school experience would be useful?
Experience in primary schools in both Key stage 1 and Key stage 2. We strongly advise people to gain experience in schools prior to their application. This will enable you to be able to reflect on your experience during interview.
If I am not successful at getting an interview, how can I improve my chances for the following year?
Gain as much experience in primary schools as you can in both Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2, either as paid or voluntary work. Look again at how you might improve your application form – have you given a good personal statement? Is your reference from someone suitable who can comment on your work with children?
If I am not successful at interview, how can I improve my chances if I apply again?

You will receive written feedback from the Victoria Academies Teacher Training Directors advising you on areas for your development. If you act on the feedback given, you are welcome to reapply the following year.

If I attend an interview, when will I hear if I have been successful?
Decisions are usually made within 7-10 days of the interview day.

What if I still have some questions?

If you have any questions that aren’t answered above you can contact us using the form below or contact Sharon Chana, Programme Co-ordinator, at the SCITT office who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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