School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

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Peninsula SCITT Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement
GCSE Maths C or above
(by the start of the programme)
GCSE English (Language) C or above
(by the start of the programme)
GCSE Science
*Primary only
C or above
(by the start of the programme)
Honours Degree 2:2 or above
*3rd or above for Maths or Science
(by the start of the programme)
Numeracy Professional Skills Test Within two months of an offer of a place being made (must be passed by the start of the programme)
Literacy Professional Skills Test Within two months of an offer of a place being made (must be passed by the start of the programme)
1 day of School Experience To shortlist an applicant for interview we look for a minimum of 1 days school experience within the last year
School Experience 10 days within the relevant setting
School Experience Reference Either as a reference on your UCAS application or contact details to be provided subsequently
Professional and/ or academic reference(s) Two references required which must not be friends or family members – UCAS application form
DBS Check & Overseas Checks Peninsula SCITT will carry out a DBS check prior to the start of the programme – further details and instructions will be e-mailed to those holding offers with us
Fit to Teach health check Health questionnaire to be completed and returned to occupational health professionals prior to the start of the programme – further details and instructions will be e-mailed to those holding offers with us
Intellectual & Academic Capabilities Assesed through application & interview
Subject Knowledge & Experience Assessed through application & interview
Appropriate Qualities, Attitudes, Ethics and Values Assessed through application & interview
Suitability for the Course Assessed through application & interview

This table summarises the entry requirements for Teacher Training with Peninsula Teacher Training Cornwall SCITT.
You will find further details below.


The Peninsula SCITT programme is available to graduates with a 2:2 or above honours degree and an English and Maths (and Science for primary teaching) GCSE at grade C or above.

For Secondary Science and Math’s 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 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 equivalent) or degree 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.

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.

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 (Primary or Secondary – subject specific) 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.

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, Time Living Overseas and Fit to Teach 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 and Fit to Teach health check before being able to take up a place on the programme. These will be set as conditions 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 within the past 5 years 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.

The Fit to Teach check is a health questionnaire which anyone holding a place with Peninsula SCITT will be sent to complete and return to the Occupational Health professionals providing the service. In some cases a follow up phone consultation may be required. The Occupational Health company will then provide us with a brief report detailing any considerations that need to be made or support requirements for the trainee.

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 check, Overseas checks and Fit to Teach check.

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 Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Languages or Design & Technology and need or would like to develop their subject knowledge prior to the start of Teacher Training. SKE courses of various lengths are available through providers across the country as either distance learning, residential, University or College based or a combination. SKE courses are fully funded and you may also be able to access an SKE bursary of up to £7,200, depending on the length of 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. A trainee can opt to enrol on a SKE course even if it isn’t set as a condition once they have an offer of a training place.

Further information about Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Directory of SKE courses available

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 working with young people
  • A willingness to learn