Secondary Routes


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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 studies.

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 in your professional role as a teacher and also academically as well as providing pastoral support. 

In the first two terms, every Friday is spent in school-based training, usually at Arthur Terry School.

Sessions rotate fortnightly, between subject specific training and wider professional studies.

Our wider professional studies are 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. 

The remaining Friday sessions are spent with your Subject Pedagogy Lead, exploring how to teach your chosen subject (subject pedagogy) as well as developing your subject knowledge

Training days are less frequent in term 3. In this model third term provides an opportunity to spend an increased time in school applying your knowledge and refining your practice.

Aims of the Programme

Our teacher training programme aims to ‘grow our own’ teachers to work within our local alliance and the region as a whole. We have designed the course to give you all the basics in the first term, building up your teaching timetable gradually as your confidence increases.

Our secondary course produces 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 we offer:

Modern Foreign Languages
Physical Education
Religious Studies

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

We have a limited number of salaried routes available in the subjects below and, typically, only applications that are supported by a sponsor school will be successful.


These courses are suitable for those with substantial experience in education already or are currently working as unqualified teachers in one of 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.

If you want to sponsor a salaried trainee in your school, please contact

How to Apply

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 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)
  • We will consider applications with a 3rd Class degree for secondary routes only
  • Please be aware that we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship for overseas candidates

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

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.

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.

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.