Taught course

PGCE / QTS School Based (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT))

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are set by our partner SCITTs. Usually, a good honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2) standard is required.

The DfE stipulates that all those entering on a course of teacher training must have English and Maths at GCSE 'C'/4 or above, or equivalent, for Secondary (11-18). For the Primary route, candidates will also need Science GCSE at grade 'C'/4 or above.

Your partner SCITT will ensure successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a course which is taught in collaboration with our partner School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) organisations. We currently work with the Bromley Schools’ Collegiate; other partnerships are in development.

You will learn from experienced colleagues based in your SCITT who will prepare you for assessment against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of your training year. This will allow you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

With colleagues at Canterbury Christ Church University, you will learn to use the insights from research and your wider reading to benefit your understanding of teaching and learning.

This is a cross-phase course which means that it is open to those preparing to teach in both primary and secondary phases. The course takes one year to complete.

Please remember that all placements are handled by the SCITT partner and that matters concerning your progress towards the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are dealt with by the partner.

The School Based (SCITT) PGCE pathway is a mixture of work based learning and academic assessments. All students on this pathway will complete their QTS with their SCITT. Your SCITT may make the PGCE Pathway compulsory for you, or it may be an option. If you are following this pathway you will be required to undertake academic study and write academic assignments. There are additional taught sessions and tutorial support to support students studying on this pathway.

If you are successful on this course you will be awarded the PGCE. This is in addition to your SCITT recommending you for Qualified Teacher Status.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44(0)1227 928000