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Application Process

  • Visit Find Postgraduate Teacher Training
  • Search “By school, university or other training provider” – our provider code is T29
  • Choose your phase and subject
  • Choose the appropriate course, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Apply for this course

Our aim is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates that meet our success criteria; those best prepared to begin teacher training and most likely QTS with a PGCE by the end of the programme.

Stage 1 – Application

Initially, you need to apply to us through DfE Apply.

  • Visit Find Postgraduate Teacher Training
  • Search “By school, university or other training provider” – our provider code is T29
  • Choose your phase and subject
  • Choose the appropriate course, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Apply for this course”

Stage 2 – Interview

If your application is successful, we will invite you to an interview at one of our partner schools.  For an outline of our main success criteria please click here (link back to main page success criteria).

The interview process includes:

Teach a lesson

You will be asked to teach for 25-minutes based on a given a topic/learning objective which you will receive prior to interview. We do take into account that you may never have taught before so we aren’t looking for a perfect lesson! Instead, we will be considering your potential to become a teacher and will look at how you engage with the children/students.

Presentation

You are required to deliver a 10-minute presentation that you have pre-prepared on the following:

"Give a 10-minute presentation on a current challenge facing the British Education System including how you think teachers might be able to address this situation through their role."

Interview

You will have an interview lasting approximately 30 minutes with a panel of specialists working in the SCITT schools. The interview will cover the following areas:

  • Your reasons for wanting to teach
  • The strength of your subject knowledge
  • What you have learned from any school experience you have undertaken
  • Your understanding of the role of the teacher
  • Safeguarding
  • How your own skills and attributes will support you in becoming an outstanding teacher
  • Current issues in education.

Subject Knowledge Test

You will complete a short test of past paper GCSE questions which is designed to test your subject knowledge (in addition to your teaching and the panel interview).

In addition to this, Modern Foreign Languages candidates will undertake a speaking test with a specialist to check fluency in their chosen language(s) and Music candidates will be required to demonstrate their skill with an instrument of their choice.

Document check

We will check all the documents required for enrolment on our SCITT courses. 

Stage 3 – Outcomes

You are likely to be informed of the outcome of your interview within 48 hours. We will also update DfE Apply and contact you as soon as possible with a formal outcome.

If you are unsuccessful

If you are unsuccessful, we will send you interview feedback based on our selection criteria together with any other relevant comments and guidance. You are very welcome to reapply next academic year. If you choose to do so, you should reflect upon the feedback provided in order to help you plan what to do so that you can improve your application.

If you are successful

If your interview is successful and you are made an offer, you will be notified by DfE Apply and in writing by the YTCA SCITT. The letter will include any specific conditions of your offer, feedback on the interview process and targets for you to begin to address prior to the start of the programme.

Conditions of your offer will include completing our Literacy and Numeracy proficiency checks to a satisfactory standard, receiving satisfactory health and DBS clearances (including subscription to the DBS Update Service), and signing our SCITT trainee and partnership agreements.  They may also include other conditions specific to your circumstances.

You will also be invited to our compulsory summer induction days (11th and 12th July 2022) which are an opportunity for the new cohort of trainees to come together to meet the team, their peers and mentors for their first placement.