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What is a SCITT programme?


We offer a school-led route into initial teacher training.  In partnership Teach First, trainees will be work within one of our schools for the majority of the year.  As a trainee, you will spend most of your time in the school setting, along with participating in training sessions ran by Teach First and our dedicated SCITT team. 


What phases does Extol offer?

We offer Early Years & KS1 (3-7) and Primary (3-11)


How long is the course?

The course starts in September 2024 and finishes in July 2025.


What is the assessment process?

For the award of QTS at the end of the course, your progress is mapped throughout the year at key formative assessment points. This culminates in a final summative assessment at the end of the year.


All assessments are carried out in a supportive way and at points that correspond with your development opportunities.


What qualifications do I need to be able to apply?


To be eligible to apply you’ll need:

  • an undergraduate degree, or equivalent
  • the ability to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subject you’re applying to teach, either through your degree qualification, your A-levels or relevant experience
  • Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths GCSEs, or equivalent qualification
  • if applying to teach primary, Grade 4 (C) or above in one science GCSE or equivalent


We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.


Functional skills qualifications are not equivalent to maths and English GCSEs.


We accept most equivalency test providers. You will need to pass your GCSE equivalency test before you apply to our programme. We will not process your application until you have passed.


How much does the SCITT programme cost?


The tuition fees for UK/EU students starting their training in 2024 are £9,250 a year (full time).


Is there funding available?


You’ll be registered as a full-time student throughout the programme. So, you’ll have access to lots of student benefits, as well as a student loan to cover your fees, subject to eligibility.


You can also find out more about funding options on the Department for Education website


What qualifications will I get?


When you complete your training, you’ll be awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) by Teach First.


You’ll also get your postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) from our partner university (Sheffield Hallam), meaning you’ll have a 60 credit master’s level certificate in the study of education.