Primary with Surrey South Farnham SCITT

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties. We have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017).

Teachers in England require QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in order to be recognised qualified teachers. The PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) is an additional academic award.

We are aware of the demand of PGCE masters accreditation and we have developed a programme with the University of Roehampton that can be followed during the training year. This enables those who wish to engage with a PGCE to do so. We also offer the opportunity to pursue a PGCE after gaining your teaching qualification. Please visit our alumni page for more information click here

This is a fee-paying programme open to high quality graduates and leads to the award of PGCE and QTS.

Our School Direct PGCE programme is built around a trainee having an on-going experience in one local host school, a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools.

A very gradual increase of teaching commitments starts with co-delivery of aspects of a lesson and delivery of a whole lesson. As confidence increases you will deliver sequences of lessons and work up to three to four days a week by July 2020. One day each week is spent off site with your local cohort at professional studies training and nine additional days of training at the University of Roehampton.

SSF provides a diverse and engaging programme of weekly professional studies training, covering the range of primary curriculum subjects, SEND, behaviour management, EAL and others. Training is led by a team of local and national experts and outstanding primary practitioners.

We recognise that location is an important factor for you so we run training in geographical cohorts and build local support networks (2019 hubs are Farnham, Reigate and Cobham).

Assessment is continuous and includes observations of your teaching, school based tasks, articulation of practice using clear and transparent criteria. There will be three assignments at masters level for the additional award of the PGCE.

Interview process

Once we have received your application through UCAS we will check that you meet eligibility criteria. Your personal statement will be read by the Director of ITT (who contributes to UCAS advice for applicants in the UCAS blog section on their website).

We will shortlist and invite successful applicants for an interview (we hold interview each week). This will be held at the lead school, South Farnham School (GU9 8DY). It is important to note that partnership schools are located across the county and within bordering areas. You would be placed into a local school. Weekly professional studies training takes place at venues across Surrey (2019 venues in Farnham, Reigate and Cobham) to ensure ease of travel and to create local support networks for our trainees.

The interview will consist of:

  • a panel interview with a partnership school head-teacher and a member of the SSF SCITT team
  • a short presentation (five minutes) on your commitment and ability to become an outstanding primary school teacher
  • core subject tests to assess your competency in Mathematics and English (these are not the skills tests. These give us a greater insight into your training needs and enable us to offer subject knowledge enhancement)
  • an opportunity to ask questions and explore your personal training needs, placement school and programme options

If successful we will make you an offer through UCAS. Conditions will include professional skills tests passes in literacy and numeracy, qualification and DBS checks.

How school placements work

Trainees are based in various schools across Surrey and the surrounding areas and new schools join us each year. We make every effort to place trainees based upon where they live, accessibility and to ensure that the placement is appropriate to their needs. Please click here to view an interactive map of our current partnership schools.

As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two).

There are opportunities to experience two schools, visit a special educational needs school and to look at secondary, early years and EAL provision (pupils with English as an additional language).

A benefit of our programme is that you will know which partner school you are to be placed in before attending a welcome meeting in late June/early July with your school based mentor. This gives our trainees the advantage of being able to make links with their new school team before the programme starts.

We always welcome the opportunity to speak to head-teachers and senior leaders about becoming involved, particularly where a potential candidate is being supported by a school not currently in the partnership.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



To apply for a place on our this programme there are entry requirements that must be met prior to commencement in September 2019:

  • a standard equivalent to grade 4 (C) or above in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science
  • a good honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification
  • professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with the desire and passion to challenge and inspire children. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, resilience and determination are essential qualities.

Other requirements

All ITT providers are asked to ensure that all entrants take part in a rigorous process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach. This includes:

  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

About the training provider

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties.

There are many reasons why we are the first choice for so many trainees and schools and we have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017). Our CEO Sir Andrew Carter OBE has led a national review of teacher training and we feature as a case study in the National Mentor Standards. Our Director of ITT is a trustee at the National Association of School Based Teacher Training.

Our trainees are highly sought after and we deliver upon an expectation of employment every year. All trainees completed their training at a good or outstanding level last year (60% at the highest level) and their feedback consistently rates the programme as being outstanding. We are Surrey’s largest school-led, primary provider and are praised for our personalised approach to every trainee.

School-led training enables you to learn in a school environment and treated as a member of the school team from day one. You will be surrounded by experienced colleagues and guided through a gradual integration into teaching a class of children. The programme will be tailored to meet your needs and you will be supported by a Mentor and Support Tutor. Weekly professional studies sessions are led by a team of national experts and primary educationalists.

About the accredited provider

Surrey South Farnham SCITT was recognised by DfE as an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training through the award of a Multiple Year Allocation (MYA). This provides longer term stability and planning opportunities for our partnership with a guaranteed number of training places for a three year period.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunities provider that encourages and welcomes applicants from under-represented groups, accepting trainees onto our programmes by merit alone.

Contact details

01252 717408
Menin Way


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 13S
  • Training programme code: 2NCQ

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
S Central Surrey - training location 1 Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1EF
R East / South East - training location Sycamore Walk, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7LR
E East / South East - training location 2 Reigate Haill, Regiate, Surrey RH2 9PF
M South East - training location Crawley Down Road, East Grinstead RH19 2NT
I South West Surrey - training location Bacon Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2QD
K South West - training location High Pitfold, Hindhead GU26 6BL
L South Surrey - training location Freeman Road, Horsham, West Susssex RH12 3QR
O South East - training location 2 Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7RA
F Central Surrey - training location 3 Northcote Crescent, Northcote Road, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6LX
- Main Site Menin Way, Farnham GU9 8DY
G North Surrey - training location Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0BT
N North East - training location West Street, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1UZ
H Guildford - training location Egerton Road, Guilford, Surrey GU2 7XZ
P North Surrey - training location 2 Frae Pree Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8ET
Q Guildford - training location 2 New Road, Chilworth, Surrey GU4 8NB
D Central Surrey - training location 2 Portsmouth Road, Send, Woking, Surrey GU23 7JZ
J North West Surrey - training location Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey GU16 9RE

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