The PGCE is a one year postgraduate course (validated by the University of Worcester) and will prepare you for teaching in either Primary (5-11 age range) or Primary with Early Years Specialism (3-7 age range).

When you apply you should make it clear which route you are applying for and give reasons why. There is a course fee of £9,000 in line with University course fees.  Please see the finance section for further information.

Somerset SCITT is recruiting now for 2018/2019 PGCE and School Direct routes.

The PGCE course runs in line with the school terms in Somerset, trainees tend to spend the first half of school terms in taught sessions and the second half on placements.  The approximate breakdown is 60% placement experience and 40% taught sessions.

The taught sessions are broken down into the following modules:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice
  • Subject Studies (English, Maths, Science, Foundation and cross-curricular approaches)
  • Subject Specialist Research (Assessment)
  • Placement Experience

There is a strong emphasis on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and before taking up your place on the course you will need to be reasonably competent when using a computer.

The course is demanding. You should anticipate spending 50 to 55 hours each week on course work during the year. Hours of attendance at the SCIL training centre are usually 9 to 4.30. Days in schools will be longer.

How to Apply

To apply for the PGCE Primary (x100) or PGCE Primary with Early Years Specialism (X121) please go to the UCAS Teacher Training Website

You will have three placements during the training year, Somerset SCITT organise these for trainees.  Whilst we will endeavour to limit the travelling time, as Somerset is a rural county please note that you may have to travel up to 1 hour to your placement.  We are unable to place trainees in a school that they already have links with e.g. used to work at, children’s school as we feel this can detract from the quality of the experience

You will be in a minimum of two settings, in the following age groups;

Primary – Reception/KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2

Primary with Early Years Specialism – Reception and KS1

Course Features

  • Centre based training -approximately 90 taught sessions at the SCIL training centre.
  • Teaching developed across three placement experiences
  • Conferences on government priorities e.g. Narrowing the Gap, Behaviour management
  • Highly experienced and supportive SCITT and school-based training teams
  • Special school placement experience
  • Access to a support tutor


Assignments – 3 are at Level 7, successful completion of the assignments leads to 60 credits at Masters level

  • Key tasks
  • Portfolio of evidence – gathered on placement experiences
  • Weekly observations during placements, and at least two visits by a SCITT moderator
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