Southend High School for Girls
Religious Education (22NF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Southend SCITT
Financial support
Bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

What does a school centred initial teacher training course involve?

To become a qualified teacher, you need to successfully complete teacher training. In so doing, you will achieve ‘qualified teacher status’ – or QTS.

All teacher training courses include:

Practical classroom experience in at least two schools (ideally in diverse settings)

Academic study to give you the knowledge and understanding to teach successfully

An assessment of your teaching skills (through being observed teaching classes)

You will have an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors on hand to help you throughout your course.

What will you learn?

You will have the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning. You will benefit from working and learning every day in a school and getting an immediate insight into what teaching involves.

By the end of our course you should:

Know and understand the national curriculum in your chosen subject(s) and/or age group along with requirements of relevant examination specifications.

Be able to plan and prepare for lessons and set students’ learning objectives

Have strong classroom management skills, such as knowing how to promote good behaviour and minimise disruption

Have knowledge and understanding of how to address differing needs and abilities of students including those with SEND.

Be able to assess students effectively.

Interview process

We have a rigorous recruitment process which is in two parts.

Part One includes a presentation and panel interview, along with a literacy test and subject knowledge audit. If you are successful at part one you will be invited to part two.

Part Two you will deliver a 30 minute lesson in one of the partnership schools. This will be observed by up to two experienced teachers and feedback given. Following this an offer will / will not be made.

Southend SCITT is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

How school placements work

Working in partnership with local secondary schools to train inspiring and skilled teachers who can give the children of Southend the best start in life.

The members of the Southend SCITT partnership are:

Belfairs Academy, St Bernard's High School, Chase High School, Cecil Jones Academy (dormant partner for 2018-19), The Eastwood Academy, The FitzWimarc School, The King Edmund School, St Martin's School, Shoeburyness High School, Southend High School for Boys, Southend High School for Girls, St Thomas More High School, Westcliff High School for Girls

During your training year you will have two placements in contrasting schools.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Our fees for the course are £9,000

We offer both School Direct Unsalaried and Salaried


For high quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.

You may be eligible for a bursary to support you while you train – dependent on subjects and degree classification

Scholarships are also available for Maths, Computer, Science and Physics

Tuition fees paid by student (through bursary or self-funding)

Loans available from Student Loan Company

No salary received during training


An employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates

You will earn a salary while you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges if you are employed by a local authority maintained school, or at the advertised rate at an academy.

This salary is funded in part by a government grant which also covers the costs of the tuition fees and which is paid directly to the SCITT.

There are no bursaries available for this route.



A degree 2:2 or above awarded by a UK university, or a recognised equivalent qualification; 50% of the degree must be relevant to the subject taught; if the degree does not link closely, A level in that subject and Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is required.

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics therefore candidates will be assessed at recruitment.

Although not compulsory, we recommend candidates complete recent school based experience in a UK secondary school.

Offers are conditional pending a DBS Check.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.

A strong knowledge and understanding of subject you wish to teach.

About the training provider

About us:

Southend SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) offers school based training designed and delivered by a partnership of neighbouring schools.

Southend SCITT is the accredited initial teacher training provider for the South Essex Teaching School Alliance.

South Essex Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of schools and organisations in Southend, Essex, whose purpose is to provide outstanding education for the young people of Southend and beyond.

The SCITT is based at Southend High School for Girls as it is the Lead School.  Training takes places across partnership schools and teacher trainees will therefore experience a variety of educational contexts during their training year.

We work in partnership with local schools to train inspiring and skilled teachers who can give the children of Southend the best start in life.

What we offer:

School Centred Initial Teacher Training. The course takes one academic year to complete, full time. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is validated by our HEI Partner, Canterbury Christchurch University. The programme is taught by experienced, practising teachers, and often tailored towards local teaching needs.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an institution that strives to understand, appreciate and value the differences in each individual; we aim to make people feel valued and supported so that they may achieve their full potential.

We also want to create a positive ethos where issues of racism, stereotyping and discrimination can be discussed openly, with a shared commitment to challenging and preventing these issues and to encourage good relations between people of different groups.

Firm action will be taken to redress inequality and eliminate all forms of discrimination.

Contact details

01702 583079
Southend SCITT
Southchurch Boulevard
Southend-on-Sea, Essex


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: 1AV
  • Training programme code: 22NF

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Southend High School Girls, Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea SS2 4UZ
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