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Train to Teach events 2016/17

October 26, 2016

Somerset SCITT will be at the following Train to Teach events:

  • Tuesday 15th November – Exeter, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel 4.30 – 8pm
  • Thursday 23rd February – Bristol, The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel 4.30 – 8pm

The events are designed for anyone who has a degree (or will have by September 2017) and is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their initial teacher training in September 2017. It offers a great opportunity to get all your questions about teaching and teacher training answered.

For further information please click here


Schools Direct

October 11, 2016

The School Direct Training Programme, is open to all graduates, and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

The application process for our 2017-18 programmes opened on 18th October.  Applications can be made online, please click here

This year we are working with four School Direct partners:

Heathfield Community School, Taunton.  The application codes are: Provider: 232 (Heathfield) Course code: 2MKC (School Direct training route) 2RQM (School Direct salaried route)

Growing Expert Teachers Consortium (Golden Valley Primary School, North Somerset as lead school)  The application codes are:  Provider: 2AO (Golden Valley) Course code: 2S8T

The Beach Teaching School Alliance (Bournville Primary School, North Somerset as lead school)

The application codes are: Provider: 2DT (Beach Teaching School Alliance) Course code: 2YQN

The Primary Academies Trust (Orchard Vale Community School, Devon as lead school)

The application codes are: Provider 2BF (Primary Academies Trust) Course code: 32VP


Somerset SCITT opened recruitment for the 2017/18 PGCE Primary and PGCE Early Years routes on 18th October 2016. Continue reading “PGCE” »

PGCE courses in Primary Teaching and Early Years

SCITT offers two PGCE courses in Somerset that lead to Qualified Teacher Status, in Early Years (working with children aged 3–7) or Primary Teaching (5–11). Our training is rated Category A by Ofsted and our trainees value the support from tutors and practical experience in the classroom.

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Foundation Degrees in Teaching & Learning and Learning and Development in Early Years to Adolescence (0-19)

If you don't have a degree, you can start your journey with our Foundation Degree.  Perhaps you are working as a teaching assistant or in an early years setting and would like to validate your knowledge. The Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning is an ideal course for you. If you are over 21, you don't need any specific qualifications to apply.

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Funding Options and Requirements

All students studying a Foundation Degree, BAPP or PGCE with Somerset SCITT are eligible to apply for various funding options, including student loans and grants through Student Finance England.

Somerset SCITT courses have the following entry requirements:

  • Foundation Degree- Under 21, 4 x GCSE (A-C), 1 X A Level or Equivalent (A-C) Over 21 - Non standard entry route
  • BA PP - Foundation Degree (240 Credits)
  • PGCE - Full Degree, GCSE English, Maths and Science (A-C) QTS Skills Tests Literacy and Numeracy
  • School Direct - Full degree, GCSE English, Maths and Science (A-C) QTS Skills Tests Literacy and Numeracy

SCITT is part of Support Services for Education

Which offers a wide variety of support services for all education providers, including Schools, Academies, Early Years Providers, Childcare settings and Local Authorities.

SSE has extensive experience of providing high quality services to educational establishments enabling them to focus on delivering educational excellence to all children and young people.To find out more about what we can offer you, please visit our website -


Email us at SSE@somerset.gov.uk

Call us on 01823 348266.

The Somerset SCITT PGCE year was the most jam packed, exciting and inspiring year of my education


Scarlett Smith, former PGCE trainee

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