Have you got the right academic qualifications?

1. GCSEs

  • GCSE English Language Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • If you want to teach primary age children, GCSE science Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)

You do not need to obtain these qualifications before you apply but you do need to have gained the appropriate qualifications before you start the course. If you do not have a GCSE in English and Maths or Science  then we will accept the results of equivalency tests taken through www.equivalencytesting.com 

(Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents)

2. Degree

A UK first degree (or equivalent)

  • Primary SCITT and Primary School Direct courses:
    • Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or  equiv. 360 CAT points)
  • Secondary SCITT and Secondary School Direct courses:
    • First degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv.  360 CAT points). 

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Excellent subject knowledge is an important element of being a qualified teacher therefore:

  • We expect applicants to Secondary SCITT courses have knowledge of the subject they wish to teach 
  • If you wish to teach primary age children and have yet to start your degree, whilst a specialist subject is not required, consider taking one in Education, Early Childhood Studies, or a National Curriculum core subject – English, Mathematics or Science

We also expect good and accurate use of spoken and written English.

3. Fundamental Skills in Literacy and Numeracy

Although there is now no requirement by the government for candidates to pass tests in literacy and numeracy before commencing your training, as an ITT provider, we have to still assess your competency in these areas. Your invitation to a Task day will inform you of the arrangements we have made to assess the level of literacy and numeracy skills and also if needed, we will also provide guidance about how they can be improved. 

4. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training.  In the case of School Direct Salaried, the employing school will arrange this with trainees.  For those on student based courses, arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

5. Before you Apply

You may find it helpful to gain school experience in order to prepare for your application and/or interview to one of our programmes. Please note that any experience of working with children in a voluntary context or in any out of school activities eg sports coaching or clubs etc can also be very valuable.

Many of our secondary partnership schools are offering School Experience Days and you can sign up to various dates from our website http://www.suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk/partnership 

 The Department of Education's website https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/ will also provide you with more information and guidance about how to write an application and you can also find more information about the different phases eg primary or secondary that are of interest to you.