Secondary 11-16

SCITT Course Overview

The Arthur Terry SCITT awards successful trainees with a PGCE and Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).The PGCE is validated by Birmingham City University and provides 60 Masters level credits that are transferrable if you wish to complete a Masters in Education/Teaching and Learning/Educational Leadership at a later date.

On the 35-week programme trainee’s time is divided between teaching experiences and structured training sessions looking at subject-specific pedagogy, generic pedagogies and wider professional issues. School placements take place in two schools within our Teaching School Alliance.  

During your school placements you will be supported by your school-based Learning Coach, and your PGCE tutor who will guide you in your professional development both in your professional role as a teacher and also academically. 

Our course is highly personalised and is designed to maximise your time in school whilst still providing tailored support.  In the first two terms, every Friday is spent at Arthur Terry.  In the morning, you take part in Professional Experience Sessions (PES) focusing on a wide range of themes encompassing engagement, cognitive science, lesson planning, subject knowledge, behaviour, assessment, adaptive teaching and professional behaviour & well-being.  These sessions are all facilitated by practising teachers.  Friday afternoons are spent with your Subject Pedagogy Lead, exploring how to teach your chosen subject (subject pedagogy) as well as developing your subject knowledge.  The third term provides an opportunity to spend increased time in school applying your knowledge and refining your practice.

Associate Teachers are assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the teaching experiences and three PGCE assignments which focus on key areas of teaching and learning.

The aims of the SCITT programme are to:

Produce highly skilled graduate teachers who:

  • are resilient
  • are committed to an ‘open classroom’ ethos where best practice is developed through observing, collaboration and a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • have a deep level of understanding of teaching and learning
  • demonstrate a passion for their subject and working with young people
  • exhibit professionalism in the workplace allowing reasoned judgement to be made in varying situations

This will be achieved through:

  • gradually increasing the amount of time an Associate Teacher spends in the classroom
  • a focus on core teaching skills including reading, mathematics and managing behaviour
  • working with outstanding practitioner on a day to day basis
  • having access to outstanding departments in outstanding schools

Courses on offer:

SCITT courses (PGCE and QTS)

Modern Foreign Languages2MMG
Physical Education2MMF
Religious Studies2MMH

School Direct courses with BCU (PGCE and QTS)

We also offer school direct with Birmingham City University in the subjects below.  These courses put you on to the PGCE course at BCU with a guarantee that one of your school placements are within our partnership.

Art and Design2MMQ
Computer Science2MMM
Design and Technology2MMP

Salaried courses (QTS and optional PGCE)

We have a limited number of salaried routes available in the subjects below.  These courses are suitable for those with sufficient experience in education already or are currently working as unqualified teachers within our partner schools.  You will be provided with core training through release from your employing school but will be expected to teach a larger proportion of lessons, often unsupported, and will be employed by the host school.  You will receive a taxable salary (of up to £21,000) and are not eligible for a government bursary:



Applications will be open from the start of October the year before commencement until the following August of the entry year.

Applications can be made through Apply-for-teacher-training (Provider code 1QN)

If invited for an interview you will be expected to provide evidence of your qualifications, information about past experiences and education.

Entry Requirements:
We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. The academic requirements set out by the Teaching Agency to enter the profession are:

  • A grade C/Grade 4 (or better) in GCSE English and Mathematics
  • An honours degree (at least a 2.2) or above preferably in the chosen subject route (or international equivalent approved by Ecctis).  

Disclosure and Barring Checks:

All successful applicants will be required to complete an enhanced DBS clearance prior to commencing the course in September.

Health Assessment:

Arthur Terry SCITT will request you to complete a Health Check through Corazon Health Services prior to commencing the course to ensure you have the health and physical capability to teach.

Background Checks:

We will complete a right to work check, and contact the TRA to complete a disqualification and prohibition to teach check. All referees may be contacted for further information if required.

Equality and Diversity:

Arthur Terry SCITT aims to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone can reach their full potential. The SCITT provides opportunities to identify any special arrangements or reasonable adjustment throughout the application and induction process.