SCITT Salaried and Tuition secondary programmes offers a part time training route for all priority and high priority subjects. This route is directed particularly at career changers and will offer the opportunity to phase in your training combining it with other employment or with child-care responsibilities.

How does it work?

On the part time route you will receive one day per week of core and subject knowledge training during your first year and two days of school experience. During your second year you will spend three days per week in school with your own limited teaching timetable.

Two year part time secondary Tuition route 

On this route, you will be in school two days a week in Year 1 in your main placement school during term time. You will start Year 2 in your second placement school on three days a week and then return in January of Year 2 to your main placement school for three days a week. At the end of the two years of training you will gain QTS, PGCE and 60 Master's credits. You will be expected to attend core training and subject knowledge days in Year 1 and in Year 2 some additional training days aimed at part-time trainees will be organised for you. You will receive the same amount of SCITT Tutor visits as the full time trainees. If you decide to train in a high priority or priority subject then you will receive a bursary from the government paid to you across 20 months rather than the full time equivalent of 10 months. See more details of bursaries on our Finance page. 


5 Term part time secondary Tuition route

On this course, you wil start in September of Year 1 but finish by Easter of Year 2. This will provide you with the opportunity to gain a job as a newly qualified teacher in the summer term of Year 2. You will be in school for 2 days a week for term 1 and term 2 and then 3 days a week for Term 3, Term 4 and Term 5. 

If you have any questions or might also be interested in training on the five term part time tuition training programme  which enables you to qualify as a teacher at Easter of Year 2 then please contact 


Two year part time secondary Salaried route 

There are no tuition fees for this route and you will be paid a part-time salary for your time spent in school over the two years. You will undertake a 10-week second placement during your first year during which you will continue to be contracted to and paid by your main placement school. Part-time trainees on the salaried route can choose to opt for PGCE and Masters levels credits in addition to the QTS qualification.  Contact our salaried office or come to one of our information evenings in order to discuss whether this training option may be suitable for you.

Interview with Elie Ramsay, Part time Secondary SCITT trainee

Tell us a little about your background

I moved to the UK in 2002 from Canada, where I grew up and met my now-husband at University. I had just completed a degree in Biological Engineering and found a job at a big teaching hospital as their Medical Devices Trainer, providing on-the-job training for clinical staff. 

In time, after my second daughter was born, I resigned from my job to look after my children. We had also decided to leave London, where we were living, and settled in Ipswich

As my children grew, I worked for our local church, setting up and running toddler groups and family support groups.

My third child was born in 2014, and last year I decided that I wanted to retrain for a new career.

Why did you decide to apply for teacher training?

I have always been interested in teacher training, but I couldn’t commit the time it would take because my husband works in a job with a long commute and I am the primary caregiver for our children.

About a year ago, I was looking at the Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT website and noticed two small sentences saying that this year a part-time option would be available for maths or physics candidates. I knew that with my Engineering Degree I would be suitable for this route and I started to get excited that my hopes to retrain might actually be possible!

I phoned the SCITT office staff who were very helpful in giving me more details and helped me arrange school visits straight away and from that point on it all went very quickly!

What advice would you give to someone considering part-time teacher training?

I have already encouraged quite a few people to consider teacher training and especially the part-time option. I have heard teachers comment how they wish that it had been available when they did their training. I would say to go in with your eyes open – there is a lot of work (even as a part-time trainee!) and a lot of responsibility given to you, but it is such a rewarding job and really worthwhile.

 Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT is currently offering two year part-time training in a range of Secondary subjects including Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Languages, Computer Science and English.