Secondary Routes

Course Overview

Arthur Terry SCITT awards successful trainees with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). The Postgraduate Certificate of Education is validated by Birmingham City University and provides 60 credits toward a Masters qualification.

During the 37-week programme your time is divided between two school placements and training sessions throughout the year, usually at Arthur Terry School looking at subject-specific pedagogy, generic pedagogies and wider professional issues.

The school placements will be in contrasting schools. You will also have short experiences in a Primary School and a Special School. During your school placements you will be supported by a Learning Coach, Professional Coach, your Subject Pedagogy Lead and Postgraduate Certificate of Education tutor who will guide you in your professional development, both in your professional role as a teacher and also academically. 

In the first two terms, every Friday is spent at Arthur Terry School. In the morning, you take part in core training, focusing on a wide range of themes encompassing engagement, cognitive science, lesson planning, behaviour, assessment, adaptive teaching and professional behaviours. These sessions are all facilitated by Outstanding practising teachers, many of whom are Masters-qualified.  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 an increased time in school applying your knowledge and refining your practice.

You will be assessed using a broad range 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 Languages
Physical Education
Religious Studies

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 is within our partnership.

Art and Design
Computer Science
Design and Technology

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 are unfortunately not eligible for a Government bursary through this scheme, but your employing school will pay you a salary as an unqualified teacher.



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 Department for Education 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)
  • Please be aware that we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship for overseas candidates

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 complete a disqualification and prohibition to teach check. 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 for candidates to share any special arrangements or reasonable adjustment throughout the application and induction process.