Bishop's Stortford SCITT
English (2TBG)

QTS full time

Financial support
Bursary or 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

This course is offered for fee paying trainees only.

Trainees will observe and teach across Key Stages 3 and 4, including experience of pupils in years 7 and 11. Observing or team teaching during thefirst few weeks. This may develop into a contact timetable of up to 40% of a full time teacher during the first placement school (approx.8 lessons), building up to 65% of a full time teacher during terms two and three (approx. 13 lessons).

Trainees will work in your placement school Monday- Wednesday and Fridays. Thursdays are training days where trainees will join the other SCITT trainees at Leventhorpe and occasionally one of our Partner Schools.

During the training year trainees will complete two assignments. The first focuses on the skills of medium term planning. It requires trainees to focus on the needs of their pupils and the way sequences of lessons need to be planned and evaluated for pupils to make the best possible progress. The second assignment focuses on the skills of action research and requires trainees to think about the needs of different groups of pupils within the classroom and how they might respond in different ways to learning activities.

Assessment of trainees against the QTS standards will be overseen by the Training Manager, who will be supported by quality assurance through the External Moderator.

Judgement and moderation will take place in late June of the training year. The External Moderator will attend Leventhorpe and visit some Trainees in their placement schools to observe the teaching of the standardisation sample of trainees.

Trainees must meet the Teacher Standards at a minimum expectation and they will be graded a minimum, good or high standard. Grading will be made on a best fit basis for each of the 8 standards. There will be a number of sources of evidence used to assess Trainees against the Teacher Standards. These will be: Trainee Evidence Folder, lesson observation records, the academic assignments and school placement assessments (completed each term by the Teacher Mentor and Professional Tutor), as well as the Subject Mentor and Professional Studies Assessments.

We are a relatively new SCITT, in our 3rd year. Our two small cohorts of trainees over the past two years have all passed at Good (29%) or Outstanding (71%) level and have all secured teaching posts, many choosing to do so in one of our Partnership schools.

Interview process

We have a rigorous recruitment and selection process. Candidates will be interviewed by the SCITT Training Manager and a Headteacher for Primary, and Subject Lead for secondary.

As part of our interview process, candidates will be required to:

  • Present on an engaging aspect of their subject
  • Meet with a panel of students
  • Attend a panel Interview
  • Complete a written task

Candidates who are choosing to undertake Teacher Training in a subject different to their degree course, may be asked to complete a subject knowledge test.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their interview on the same day.

How school placements work

The BSET SCITT Partnership currently comprises six secondary school and three primary schools. In addition, we also work with a number of placement schools. All of these schools at present are within the Sawbridgeworth- Bishop’s Stortford region. Our aim is to spot and nurture the outstanding teachers of the future, giving them the best possible training and support in their early career. Our training is led exclusively by serving practitioners in our family of schools and training takes place entirely in school settings.Trainees will spend both their placements in local schools, where they will be supported by Teacher Mentors in each school.

Fee-paying trainees spend one term in their first placement school and two terms in their second school. We will always try to accommodate trainees’ preferences when making decisions about placement schools.

Trainees must gain experience in two consecutive age ranges. This depends on the age range applicable to the subject in which you are training to teach. For those subjects in the secondary age range 11-16, trainees will teach across Key Stages 3 and 4, Year 7-11.

For those subjects in the secondary age range 14-19, trainees will teach across Key stages 4 and 5, Years 10-13). In addition, trainees may be given the opportunity to teach outside of the age ranges for which they are being trained.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,500
EU students £7,500

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • GCSE mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • Professional Skills Tests
  • A UK first degree (or equivalent). Usually at least 50% should be in the subject you wish to teach.

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, please visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees.

Other requirements

At BSET safeguarding of children is our first concern and so in addition to DBS checks we reserve the right to make additional checks of former employers.

We do not make school experience a condition for application but it is a good idea to have recent experience of a school setting so please contact us if we can help you arrange this.

Experience of working in a school or with young people is an advantage but not essential for applications to the fee paying route.

Contact details

01279 836633
Cambridge Road


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: 26T
  • Training programme code: 2TBG

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
Main Site Cambridge Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9BY -

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