About the course

The next intake for our course will commence on 1st September 2020.

We do not have a January intake.

The length of the programme is one year- September to July.

The next round of applications and interviews will start after 8th October 2019 with the opening of the UCAS Teacher Training portal.

The tuition fees for a one year SCITT course with the 2Schools Consortium will be £9,000.


All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium School Direct Salaried and SCITT Programme have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE (Primary Education) award which will be validated by the University of East London.

Successful completion of programme PGCE (Primary Education) at 2Schools Consortium leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Primary Education) by UEL.

All applications have to be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website using the ‘Apply’ system found on ucas.com.

Applicants need to provide details of two referees.


Once the application has been received and processed by UCAS, it will be made available online for training providers to consider.

An enhanced disclosure check is required for entry to Initial Teacher Training. We ask applicants to confirm that they agree to a check by the UK Disclosure and Barring Service or Disclosure Scotland.


SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is a school-based route into becoming a qualified teacher and achieving QTS. The course lasts for one year full-time, from September to July. Most of the course is spent in school, where successful applicants are placed in a class under the supervision and guidance of a mentor (often the class teacher or a senior member of the school’s staff).

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children that promote learning, with other colleagues to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum.

Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.

Training sessions

Training sessions are delivered weekly (during the Autumn and Spring term) in conjunction with trainees on the School Direct salaried programme by a range of experienced teachers, outstanding practitioners and leading figures in their field.

Training includes:

  1. Phonics and early reading development
  2. Communication and language development
  3. Developing reading and writing across the curriculum
  4. Behaviour management
  5. Mathematics
  6. Science
  7. Creative teaching and learning
  8. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  9. Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Trainees are expected to develop their subject knowledge and understanding through directed tasks in school, assignments and personal study.

PGCE Award with Qualified Teacher Status

All trainees on the 2Schools Consortium SCITT Programme who have a degree at level 2:2 or above, will have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE award which will be validated by the University of East London.

The tasks and assignments are aimed to raise the quality of primary teachers on school-based routes by developing their critical awareness of current issues, engaging them in scholarship and research through enquiry based opportunities. These are essential skills in creating the self-directing and independent learners that the profession requires.


Assessment of the teaching is carried out regularly through observations of lessons during the 5-6 week three teaching practices undertaken by trainees. One of these practices will take place in a partnership school. An essential part of the course is the tasks and assignments that trainees carry out to address a number of topics including amongst others, scientific investigation in the classroom, behaviour management and an SEN personalised task.

Teaching is assessed against Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards, on three teaching practices across two school placements. Observations and assessments are made by school-based mentors, link tutors and members of the SCITT team. Subject knowledge, pedagogy and a trainee’s development as a reflective practitioner are assessed through a combination of observations, written assignments and evidence files.

Assessment of the PGCE elements of the Programme

Level Module Title Credit PGCE QTS
Level 7 Special Educational Needs personalising Learning 30 Core x
Level 7 Assessing Children’s Learning and progress 30 Core x
Level 6 School-based Learning; Evidence File- Impact on pupil learning 30 Core C
Level 6 Teaching and Learning in Literacy and Numeracy 15 Core C
Level 6 Classroom and Behaviour Management 15 Core C

Three of the above modules have to be completed and passed to achieve QTS as indicated in the far right QTS column (C for Core). All modules are to be completed and passed in order to obtain a PGCE award.

In agreement with UEL staff, all level 6 modules will be taught by 2Schools experienced staff. All level 7 modules will include two days of lectures (12 hours) each (delivered by 2Schools staff) with a day on master level writing delivered by UEL staff.

All trainees are expected to attend the training sessions and attempt to fulfil the expectations and requirements of the PGCE.

In completing the programme, successful submission of the two level 7 modules will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education, carrying 60 level 7 credits.  If on resubmission either of the level 7 modules passes at level 6 only, the award is Professional Graduate Certificate of Education, carrying either 30 level 7 credits or no level 7  credits.  A resubmission opportunity is provided if trainees are unsuccessful on the first submission of any of the assignments.

The PGCE part of the programme, awarded by UEL for 2Schools Consortium, will be validated by UEL.

A personalised training plan guides the trainee through weekly expectations of their learning through class based activities, tasks and assignments and out of school training.

Evidence file: Trainees on a teacher training course are expected to collate evidence against the Teacher’s Standards. All tasks, assignments, observations and feedback will provide evidence towards these. Guidance on evidence gathering is provided throughout the course.

Course Timetable

Term 1:       
3-4 days per week in consortium school, observing and shadowing class teacher, increasing to teaching 4 sessions per week by the end of term
Every Thursday- training all day

Term 2:       
4 days per week in consortium school in a different KS, then in a different school (contrasting setting) observing and shadowing class teacher, increasing to 3-4 days teaching
Most Thursdays- training all day

Term 3: 
4-5 days teaching up to 85% of the week in main placement school

Training will take place up to 3 times over the course of the term.

All trainees will have experience in at least 2 different key stages and will be placed in contrasting school settings to ensure breadth of experience.

If you would like to find out more or have questions that are not answered, please contact us by post, phone, fax or email.