Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT
Art and Design (3827)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Buile Hill VA College SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

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

About the course

Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT are Ofsted graded OUTSTANDING.

The course includes approximately 170 days training, including teaching days in two contrasting schools, as well as a week spent in a primary, in a special school and in a post-16 setting.

Throughout this course you will be assessed based on classroom experience, and achievements measured against the Teaching Standards. There are four assessment periods.

There is also two Assignments which you will complete during the course for Manchester Metropolitan University who award the PGCE element of our course. You will be required to attend 4 days throughout the course.

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT.

We are proud to have an 100% success rate, with a high percentage of trainees successfully completing the course achieving grades of 'Good' or 'Outstanding'.

Many of our trainees have gone on to gain teaching positions within the Alliance once they are qualified.

Interview process

Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT conducts interviews for all of the courses, some of the interviews may be held at a School within our Partnership, but you will be informed of this at the time of invitation to interview.

If an applicant is invited for an interview, the day will include teaching a 30 minute lesson (on a given topic) which will be observed.

There will also be a short literacy test and a formal interview.

All applicants go through this process. The panel will consist of the SCITT Director and various subject specialists/mentors and/or Professional mentors.

How school placements work

During your training you will complete three placements, Placement A1 & A2 will be at the same school, with a contrasting Placement B in between.

You will spend Monday - Thursday in your Placement School and Friday is our Centre based training day.

We work with a number of Schools within our Partnership to be able to offer you contrasting placements. We also have contacts with local Special Schools, primary schools and 6th Form College where you will complete a weeks placement with each of them.

You will also visit a PRU within the Salford area.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

The course fees are £9,000 this fee includes the QTS and the PGCE qualification.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available dependent of the subject you wish to train to teach and your degree classification.



You should hold a minimum 2:2 honours degree but we will consider applicants who hold an honours degree with relevant experience.

All applicants must have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above (new grading 4 or above). We do not accept Key Skills.

We do accept applications from people who may be studying towards their GCSE's but it would be made part of the offer that you had completed these and achieved a Grade C (4) or above by the start of the course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for hard working, dedicated trainee teachers who are willing to get involved in all aspects of training and schools.

We will be looking not only at your academic qualifications and your references.

Although not compulsory, we would recommend that you gain some school experience as it is extremely beneficial to applicants to get an insight into how a school is run.

Other requirements

Other requirements before the start of the course are:

  • DBS Check - Buile Hill Visual Arts College Scitt will complete and pay for this. If you have anything that you think may appear on your DBS you need to declare this at interview.
  • Complete a Fitness to Teach form (you must declare any conditions to enable the us to support you).
  • Pass numeracy and literacy tests within 3 months of your offer of a place.
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You will be given further information about this if you are required to undertake one.

About the training provider

Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT are Ofsted graded OUTSTANDING.

Details of our report can be found here


Outstanding pupil progress is held at the core of the Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT. Our trainees are skilled at observing learning, have an acute understanding of what makes people learn best, and teach intuitively, enabling all pupils to progress 'beyond expectations'. Our aim is that the trainees, as well as their pupils, will go 'beyond expectations' in terms of the progress that they make. Outstanding teaching leads to outstanding progress.

Buile Hill Visual Arts College SCITT aims towards the following outcomes:

To provide outstanding training opportunities for trainees in a range of secondary subjects.

To mentor and coach trainees effectively, guiding their development towards becoming outstanding teachers, experts in their specialist subject.

To develop the future generation of outstanding teachers that will continue on to provide an exceptional level of education to learners, both in and out of Salford.

To ensure all trainees make outstanding progress towards meeting all of the Teachers' Standards and achieving QTS.

Throughout the year there are four review points as well as two assignments based on a range of themes around teaching and learning to complete.

We also offer a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (SCITT) awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Buile Hill Visual Arts College has full disabled access. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that we can consider suitable placements.

As well as supporting our trainees with any disabilities and other needs, Manchester Metropolitan University offers a variety of services which our trainees have access to. These include counselling, health & wellbeing. There is also a Disability Service available if required.

Contact details

Eccles Old Road
Greater Manchester
M6 8RD


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: 1MS
  • Training programme code: 3827

Choose a training location

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

Name Address Code
Buile Hill Visual Arts College Eccles Old Road M6 8RD 1

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