Taught course

Education - PGCE (Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT)

University of Suffolk

Entry requirements

1. GCSEs

  • GCSE English Language Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)

You do not need to obtain these qualifications before you apply but you do need to have gained the appropriate qualifications before you start the course. If you do not have a GCSE in English and Maths then we will accept the results of equivalency tests taken through www.equivalencytesting.com

(Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents)

2. Degree

A UK first degree (or equivalent) - normally 2.2 honours or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points)

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

3. Skills Tests

In addition, all trainees are required to pass Professional Skills Tests before they are able to start training to teach. It is the responsibility of the trainee to register and submit themselves for these tests. Trainees have more than one opportunity to pass these tests but must achieve a pass before they can commence teacher training.

Months of entry


Course content

The Suffolk and Norfolk School Centred Initial Teaching Training programmes for Secondary teachers aim to bring together the very best of school centred and academic training to produce competent and confident Newly Qualified Teachers who consider and reflect upon the purposes of education, as well as having high levels of knowledge, understanding and skills in the learning and teaching of young people.

The Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT offers both Salaried and Tuition training routes. Both Secondary SCITT programmes are designed to facilitate maximum experiential learning. Trainees on the courses specialise in either Key Stages 3 and 4 or Key Stages 4 and 5. On successful completion of the course, all Tuition trainees will gain QTS and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and be qualified to teach across the secondary range. Salaried trainees all gain QTS and have the choice of gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

01473 338833