Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below for the answers to some of are most frequently asked questions.

★ What qualifications do I need?

An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution at 2:2 or above; equivalent overseas qualification or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree. You will also need GCSE/GCE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent). If you do not hold a GCSE in English, Maths or Science at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent you can apply to take an equivalency test with one of our approved testing partners. Entrants with qualifications from outside the UK must provide an equivalency statement from ENIC. More information can be found on our website.

★ How do I apply?

Applications can be made through the GOV.UK Apply Service You can search for us directly as Essex Primary SCITT and use code 2T3R. For more information on application routes, please visit our website.

★ How much will it cost?

Tuition fees for 2022 will be £8750. Trainees may apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover the cost of this fee, trainees may also apply for a means tested maintenance loan. Further details of the finance available can be found at:

★ Your course offers QTS only – don’t I need a PGCE?

No – you only need QTS to be employed as a qualified teacher, which you achieve on successful completion of our course. A PGCE is an additional academic qualification awarded by a University which some providers offer alongside QTS.

★ Do I need to find my own placement?

At Essex Primary SCITT, we believe in getting to know our trainees and matching their needs and personalities with the best school and mentor possible to ensure that they thrive. All our schools are as unique as our trainees so you can be guaranteed that time and effort goes into ensuring your placements work for both you and your school.

★ How often will I be in School?

Choosing Essex Primary SCITT means ‘hands on’ training in two high quality schools. You’ll be exposed to the classroom environment from day one and usually 3 days a week for the first two terms. In term three, you will be in school full time teaching 80% in preparation for your NQT post.

★ What support will I get?

As noted by Ofsted, “Trainees receive excellent support, advice and guidance over the course of their training”. Choosing to train with us means support in school from well trained, highly skilled mentors as well as a highly supportive and nurturing team. We are often described as feeling like a family and this is something we are extremely proud of.

★ How will I be assessed?

Essex Primary SCITT offers excellent formative assessment by a range of professionals including core tutors for Maths, English and Science supporting your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Through ongoing observations, professional dialogues and written tasks and assignments, strengths and areas of development are identified. Targeted support for groups or individuals ensure progress.