The South Downs School Direct Partnership
Religious Education (E998)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The South Downs 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

Aim of Programme:

Provide trainees with an education of high quality at post-graduate level within an environment of school-based research and enquiry.

Deepen trainee teachers’ knowledge and understanding of their field of study and secondary/primary education and the relationship between the two.

Improve the skills of trainees and enable them to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Enhance trainee teachers’ ability to analyse critically and apply theories, research and personal values which underpin professional practice.

Create opportunities for trainee teachers to begin to define their own positions with respect to their own developing professional and philosophical frameworks.

Develop trainee teachers’ ability to evaluate and analyse their academic and professional progress in order to understand that teaching is a process of lifelong professional learning, including developing transferable skills as appropriate for employment in education.

Programme Content:

School Experience: typically 4 days a week.

SCITT Experience: SCITT Training Days will be at Durrington High School on Fridays. These will include Professional Studies and Subject Study.

Some secondary trainees will be based at The Angmering School on Friday afternoons for Subject Study.

PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education):

All trainees will undertake the academic award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M Level). The University of Chichester moderates and awards for the PGCE.

School Partnership:

The school will deliver some of the professional and subject study in accordance with the programme requirements and documentation and jointly assesses the trainee against the Teachers’ Standards.

The SCITT will deliver aspects of training and provides academic support with the preparation and assessment of the three PGCE assignments, tutor visits, quality assurance and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.

Interview process

During the interview candidates are introduced to the SCITT programme and to the school. They complete a written task, a presentation, a subject knowledge task, a teaching activity and a formal interview. You have the opportunity to meet SCITT colleagues and ask questions about the course.

How school placements work

School Based Experience:

All trainees are expected to work in school for the entire academic year – September 2018 through to July 2019.

For the recommendation of QTS, all trainees will be formally assessed in 2 consecutive Key Stages:

Primary (5-11) Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Secondary (11-16) Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

The time in school will include the following:

Majority of time in First School with 6 weeks in Second School

3-5 days in Early Years (Primary)

3-5 days in Key Stage 3 (Primary)

3-5 days Special School experience

3-5 days Primary (Secondary)

3-5 days KS5 (Secondary)

All of our partnership schools are based in West Sussex and have good transport links. This means our trainees typically travel less than 30 minutes to reach their placement school. We organise placement 1 and 2 for you.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

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.



Standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics, and Primary trainees will have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examination in a Science subject.

First Degree of a United Kingdom University, Higher Education Institution or an acceptable equivalent at 2.2 or above. For Secondary, if the degree is not in the subject that applicants wish to teach then they must hold an A Level in that subject and the offer will be subject to completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme prior to starting their training.

Personal qualities


An ability to listen to and act on feedback;

An effective communicator;

A true passion for teaching and your subject;

A genuine interest in how children learn;

High expectations for yourself and for our students.

About the training provider

Durrington High School is Lead School for Primary and Secondary School Direct through The South Downs SCITT (an Outstanding Provider). The South Downs partnership is based in Worthing in West Sussex. It offers School Direct training in general primary education (five to 11 years) and secondary (11 to 16 years). Subjects offered at secondary: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship, Computing, Drama, Design & Technology, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, RS and Spanish. Trainees who successfully complete their training are recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The PGCE is awarded by the University of Chichester. The SCITT is part of Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) and shares accommodation with Durrington High School and the research school. There is a strong partnership with local schools and our partners are spread throughout the West Sussex local authority. You will have access to the facilities at the SCITT, Research School, your placement schools and the University library. You will typically have a day each week working with other trainees to reflect and develop your practice and four days each week in schools working with the young people in our locality. Our course is full time for one year and commences in September. You will teach across two consecutive age ranges/phases and experience teaching in at least two contrasting schools as well as completing training in SEND. Trainees in our SCITT are exceptionally well taught and prepared to meet the rigours of the classroom with confidence.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We will discuss how we can support each applicant individually. We can make reasonable adjustments to training. Our schools all have appropriate facilities to accommodate candidates with disabilities. Candidates with dyslexia can access extra time for assignments.

Contact details

01903 705671
Durrington High School
The Boulevard
West Sussex
BN13 1JX


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: 2GH
  • Training programme code: E998

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
Chatsmore Catholic High School
Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 5AF
Yes 5
Main Site
The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1JX
Yes -
Worthing High School
South Farm Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7AR
Yes Q

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