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The Course

Is the course full time?
Yes, the course runs from September to July as a full time course.

What time does the course start and finish each day?
The taught element of the course generally starts at 9:00am and finishes at 4:00pm. However, on occasions, this may be slightly different. When trainees are on school placements, they must be at school at least half an hour before that school starts (which for some Poole Schools is 8:30am) and must stay at least 1 hour after the end of school.

How is the course assessed?
The course is on-going assessment via tasks, assignments and school placements.

How many school placements will I have?
You will have one placement in Key Stage 1, one in Key Stage 2 and further time spent in other partner schools.

What school will I be working in?
You will be working in one of our partner schools.

Can I choose my placement school?
No. You could be placed in any partner school although special circumstances may be taken into account.

Can I be flexible on the course hours especially when on school placement?
Unfortunately not. You will be required to be at the course at the hours specified.

What qualification will I leave with?
The Poole SCITT course leads to a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  The course carries 60 Credits towards a Masters Degree.

What is a ‘general primary’ course?
This means you will be trained to teach children aged 5 – 11years in key stages 1 and 2.

What does SCITT stand for?
School Centred Initial Teacher Training.

Is there any accommodation attached to the course?
Unfortunately not. We would recommend local contacting estate agents and letting agents if you are moving to the area.

I have children, are there any childcare facilities?
Unfortunately not.


How many places do you have?
We are a small cohort of around 30 places.

When does the application process open each year?
UCAS Teacher Training opens in October each year for courses starting the following September. Candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible to gain the best chance of being offered an interview.

Is there any age limit to apply for the course?
No. The Poole SCITT is committed to the inclusion of all eligible participants, regardless of sex, age, disability, sexuality, colour, religion or nationality.

When does the course close for applications?
The course closes when all the places are filled.

Can I apply if I am still currently finishing my degree?
Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your degree at a level 2:2 or above by the first day of the course.

Can I apply if I am waiting for exam results for GCSEs?
Yes you may apply but any offer made would be conditional on you obtaining your GCSEs at Grade C (or Grade 4 with newer GCSEs) or above by the first day of the course.

What happens if I am offered a place on the course conditional on exam results and don’t achieve the required grades?
Your offer would be withdrawn.

What if I don’t have the relevant GCSEs to be able to apply?
If you do not have the relevant GCSE’s, the alternative is to arrange to sit equivalency tests via

You can undertake a distance learning course and then arrange to sit a test, or if you feel that your subject knowledge is sufficient, you can sit the test straight away.

The Poole SCITT does not offer testing facilities and any courses or tests must be arranged independently by candidates.

We do not accept any other equivalency tests.

On your UCAS application you should indicate that you are applying for tests. Any offers of places on the course made would be subject to you obtaining these qualifications by the first day of the course.

If you are taking Science, we would recommend that you opt for the Combined Science option rather than a single Science.

What school experience would be useful?
Experience in primary schools in both Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.

It is recommended, but not compulsory, that you have undertaken at least 1 week, preferably 2, in a state primary school within the previous twelve months before you apply for the course.

If I am not successful at getting an interview, how can I improve my chances for the following year?
Gain some experience in primary schools in both Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2, either as paid or voluntary work.

Look again at how you might improve your application form – have you given a good personal statement, is your reference from someone suitable who can comment on your work with children?

If I am not successful at interview, how can I improve my chances if I apply again?
You will receive written feedback from the Professional Co-ordinator advising areas for your development. If you act on the feedback given, you are welcome to reapply the following year.

If I attend an interview, when will I hear if I have been successful?
Decisions are usually made within 2 days of the interview day.


Do you have a Data Protection Policy?

Poole SCITT has a ‘Data Protection Policy & Privacy notice’ which can be found here.

Contact us

What if I still have some questions?
Please contact Helen Best at the SCITT office who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

If you have any queries please phone us on 01202 605315


Contact Details

Poole SCITT,
Ad Astra Infant School
Sherborn Crescent
BH17 8AP

Tel: 01202 605315

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