FAQs

Deciding what route to choose for your teacher training can be difficult and we know you must have plenty of questions. Take a look at our FAQs below and if you still have any questions or want to chat to a member of our friendly team, get in touch here.

Frequently asked questions

What is a SCITT?


SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training. It is a route to becoming a teacher that allows you to train in schools and is the perfect blend of hands-on school experience and academic learning.




How is SCITT different to other teacher training routes?


SCITT training starts in school from day one, meaning you are exposed to outstanding teachers (and excitable children!) from the outset. Being constantly absorbed in a school environment means you can start building up the skills you need to become an incredible teacher before your teaching placements start. But don’t worry, we ensure you have a perfect balance between study and hands-on experience and we will not put you into a teaching environment before you are ready.

We are also a Research School, which means that all our practice is supported by the best available educational research that translates into great classroom-based practice. All our training practices are underpinned by educational research to ensure that you have access to and can effectively utilise the best available research in your classroom, so we know we are giving you the best possible experiences and development opportunities that aid your transition to teaching.




What phases and subjects does Shotton Hall offer teacher training in?


We offer primary (ages 4-11) and secondary (ages 11-16) teaching phases.

Our primary courses are:

  • Core primary
  • Primary with maths

Our secondary school subjects are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern foreign languages
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Religious education




Are there limited spaces for the different courses?


Yes, though it varies by subject and phase. We recruit throughout the year but some courses fill up very quickly, such as history and primary, so if you are keen to apply then we would recommend that you get your application in early. However, we do consider applications right up until the course starts, if we still have spaces available.




Why does Shotton Hall offer both QTS and PGCE?


As part of our SCITT programme, we provide both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to all trainees. Shotton Hall SCITT is the accredited body for awarding trainees their QTS, and we partner with Durham University to deliver the PGCE.

We do this as we believe it equips you with the reflective and professional expertise to make you the best possible classroom practitioner. In addition to receiving your PGCE, you will also earn 60 credits towards a Masters in Education if you choose to pursue this at a later date.




How much time will I spend at Durham University in fulfilment of the PGCE?


Our SCITT courses have the backing of a world class university – Durham University, who accredit the university-based elements of your PGCE.

As part of the course you will receive an induction at Durham University as well as a five-day teaching and learning conference. University staff also deliver training at our school sites periodically.

The Durham University conference involves a combination of lectures and seminars where well-respected professionals in the field give you support with your course and assignments. You will also be assigned your own university tutor to support you through the two 5000-word essays that you will complete to achieve your PGCE.




Will I be a Durham University student?


As a Shotton Hall SCITT trainee you will also be a student of Durham University with the opportunity to take part in university activities and have access to university services.

You will be attached to Van Mildert College, receiving 60 credits towards a Masters in Education once you have completed your PGCE, should you want to pursue this in the future, and you are very welcome to join societies and attend university events.

As a Durham University student, you will have access to their world-class university resources including online facilities, student services, and library services. You will receive all the same benefits and privileges of a Durham University based student.




Where does the SCITT training take place?


Our primary school training takes place across a range of our primary partners within our partner school alliance. They are mostly in the Durham area, but for your teaching placements you may be at other partner schools across the North East.

Secondary training is based predominantly at the Academy at Shotton Hall where you will attend training sessions. You will then complete two teaching placements in our partner schools, but you will return to Shotton Hall for further training in between these placements.

We will always take your home location into account when assigning your placement schools.




What funding is available to complete the SCITT year?


Take a look at our funding information here.




What does the SCITT year look like?


Take a look at our month-by-month course breakdown here.




How long does the course take to complete?


The course takes ten months to complete and is full time.




What is SKE and how can I access it?


You can find information on Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) here.




What is the assessment process for the SCITT year?


For the award of QTS at the end of the course, your progress is mapped throughout the year at key formative assessment points with your SCITT tutor and your school mentor. This culminates in a final summative assessment at the end of the year.

All assessments are carried out in a supportive way and at points which correspond with your development opportunities.

For your PGCE, you will complete two 5000 word essays with the support of your university tutor at Durham University.




How am I supported during the SCITT year?


Every trainee is allocated a SCITT tutor, based on your subject and phase. Your tutor will support you both academically and pastorally throughout the year.

Our support begins even before you apply where we set aside time to discuss your options and your application with you. You’ll have one-to-one pastoral catch ups throughout your training as well as several wellbeing events through the year.

Support doesn’t end when you leave the course either – we pride ourself on being there for you when you become a new teacher through regular contact – our door is always open!




Will I get support from the SCITT to secure a teaching job after I have completed the course?


We support and guide all our trainees in applying for teaching positions. We help with personal statements when writing an application, provide mock interviews, and help you to prepare fully for the interview day itself .

Teaching interviews can be very different to those for other industries, so we take the time to make sure you’re prepared.




Can I apply to teach a subject that I haven’t got a degree in?


We consider this on an individual basis and we are happy to talk with you about your personal circumstances. Every trainee is different and we like to give you the best chance of success with your application.




What are your UCAS codes?


SCITT courses:

Biology: 235M

Chemistry: F2X1

Computing: 239P

Design and Technology: 235R

Drama: 2PM4

English: QXXX

History: V11X

Modern Languages: R9X1

Music: 2PM6

Physics: F3X2

Primary: 2CK6

Primary with Mathematics: 2VLV

Religious Education: 2PM7

School Direct courses:

Biology: 2MWH

Chemistry: 2MWJ

Design and Technology: 2MWQ

English: 2MWS

Geography: 2MWP

History: 2MWR

Mathematics: 2MWL

Music: 2MWT

Physics: 2MWK

Primary: 2MWM

Religious Education: 2PMD