Peninsula SCITT: Who can apply?
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Who can apply?


The Peninsula SCITT programme is available to graduates with a 2:2 or above honours degree plus an English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above.

For Secondary Science and Mathematics’ programmes we will be accepting applications from candidates with a 3rd at degree. This is because spaces in these subjects have proven harder to fill in the past and they are a national priority area.

The GCSE and Degree entry requirements must be met by the start of the programme. This means that we will accept applications from those who are in the final year of their degree and/ or currently completing or retaking a GCSE.

International Qualifications

Applicants who have completed either their GCSE or degree equivalent qualifications outside of the UK will need to obtain and provide a ‘Statement of Comparability’ from NARIC along with a certified translation to confirm that their qualifications meet the entry requirements. For more information about the NARIC Statement of Comparability please visit the NARIC website.


Subject Knowledge

Generally Peninsula SCITT would expect an applicants degree to be relevant to the subject they are applying to train to teach but there is some flexibility with this as long as adequate subject knowledge can be demonstrated. It may be that an applicant’s degree only bears a loose relation to the subject they would like to teach but they have gained subject knowledge through employment since University. If you are in doubt as to whether your degree and experience is appropriate for the subject you would like to teach please contact us with details for guidance.

You will find the national curriculum for all key stages on the Department for Education’s website should you wish to look at the content of the curriculum within the subject area(s) of interest to you.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available  for graduates who are looking to teach Biology, English, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Languages or Design & Technology and need to develop their subject knowledge prior to the start of Teacher Training. SKE courses of various lengths (8 – 28 weeks, full or part time) are available through providers across the country as either distance learning, residential, University or College based or a combination. SKE courses are fully funded if set as a condition by your ITT provider and you may also be able to access an SKE bursary to support you through the course.

The need to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course would be discussed on interview and set as a condition of the offer if it is seen as necessary.

Further information about Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Directory of SKE courses available


Professional Skills Tests

In order to enrol on any teacher training programme you will need to pass a numeracy and literacy professional skills test. These can be booked before or after interview. The passing of the skills tests will be a condition upon any offer made by us but it is not necessary to take the tests before applying and interviewing. Appointments at the closest test centres for the Skills Tests book up quickly so we would recommend that you look into booking your Skills Tests as soon as possible.

You must submit an application for Initial Teacher Training before sitting the skills tests and you will need to take proof of your teacher training application along to the test centre as well as two forms of ID.

Further information about the Skills Tests

Book your Skills Tests


School Experience

We encourage applicants to gain as much experience within the relevant educational setting as they can before starting their Initial Teacher Training in September.

If you are already working in schools or have spent some time in schools within the last year then that is great. If not we are happy to help you gain the school experience you require so please get in touch.

Peninsula SCITT host school experience days at Penrice Academy throughout the year which you will find listed on the School Experience Programme portal. If these dates don’t suit you or you have difficulty with booking via the portal please contact Emma in the SCITT office and we will be happy to schedule a day at Penrice to suit you.

We would advise you to spend as much time as you are able to in school ahead of interview as this will help you to answer the interview questions as some of these are classroom practice related. We will be looking for a minimum of one day’s school experience within the past year in order to short-list for interview and we ask that applicants gain ten days school experience prior to the start of the programme in September.


DBS and Time Living Overseas checks

Peninsula SCITT are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all trainee teachers of our programme to share this commitment.

Applicants will be required to clear an enhanced DBS check before being able to take up a place on the programme. This will be set as a condition and processed after an offer has been made and accepted.

A DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check will have to be processed and a satisfactory result received for each trainee ahead of the start of the programme. The DBS check is applied for on line and there will be no charge to the individual.

Anyone offered a place on our programme will be e-mailed a Time Living Overseas form to complete and return. If you have resided outside of the UK for a period of 3 months or more since the age of 18 you will need to obtain and present a certificate of good character from the country (or countries) you lived in. The process for obtaining these documents varies depending on the country but can take some time. You will find further guidance on the government website.

Anyone holding a place with Peninsula SCITT will be contacted at the appropriate time with further details and instructions for the completion of the DBS and Overseas checks.


What we are looking for

From application forms and through interview we will be looking to identify the following in an applicant;

  • A suitable level of subject knowledge
  • Experience of and aptitude for working with young people
  • A willingness to learn
  • Teaching potential
  • Suitability for the Peninsula SCITT programme