Leicester & Leicestershire SCITT
Primary with Mathematics (2XMN)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The primary with mathematics course is designed for students with an interest in mathematics and stong subject knowledge at A level or above in this subject. It is designed to prepare trainees for a subject leadership role in mathematics through exposing them to exceptional practice in mathematics in our 65 partnership schools. Trainees on this course will also have additional training sessions and school based tasks to deepen their understanding and reflection on key elements underpinning effective primary mathematics teaching and learning. An expert consultant in primary mathematics will support our mathematics specialist trainees in school placements.

In 2018/19 the DfE provided tax free non repayable bursaries of £6000 to trainees on this course with a B or above in A level mathematics. DfE bursaries for 2019/20 have not yet been announced.

In addition to specialist mathematics sessions, you will be part of a cohort of 30-35 trainees, all specialising in teaching KS1 and KS2 pupils. Training sessions for the cohort take place in bespoke training rooms within schools. Sessions are dynamic and engaging and each trainee will very quickly become known as a unique individual so SCITT trainers and management can mould training and select placements to fit each individual’s needs, working exactly as skilled teachers do with their pupils. This is a key strength of our programmes, making the training very personalised so that every trainee is both challenged and supported at every step of their journey to becoming the teacher they want to be.

Good subject knowledge underpins effective teaching, and the quality and depth of our central training is a key reason why so many of our teachers have rapidly risen to senior management roles in schools. Headteachers, SCITT trained teachers and trainees are unanimous is stating that the course structure is an ideal balance of theory and practice.

An integral part of the courses is a full University of Leicester PGCE, with Masters Level credits. One of the two 5000 word PGCE assignments will be a small-scale research project, carried out by the trainee, on an element of mathematics teaching. Trainees are recognised as full students of the University, with access to the library, sports and learning support facilities. The PGCE award is recognised internationally and the SCITT has trained teachers who are now working in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.

Interview process

The SCITT and School Direct partner alliances, will use a two stage interview process for candidates called to interview, normally held on two separate days. It may be possible to hold both interviews on the same day for candidates who need to travel further or candidates who will find attending interview for two half days particularly difficult.

As part of our selection process all candidates will be asked to complete written audits in English and mathematics.  The written audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is sufficient to form a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school. This means the audits serve a different purpose and are of a different design to the professional skills tests.

Audit Information and Preparation Advice

The interview process will also take place in our partner schools and will involve a combination of tasks including:

  • a presentation, connected to current educational issues;
  • a task working with a small group of early primary or primary pupils;
  • a formal interview;
  • a reading task.

Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards. Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.

How school placements work

The SCITT partnership knows trainees can only reach their potential if given exceptional support in placements. Teaching is about relationships; and the relationship between a trainee and their class teacher on placement is vitally important. The trust and loyalty of headteachers and teachers in our partner schools, built up over the last 14 years, is a key strength of our training. 7 of the Top 10 Primary Schools in Leicestershire (including the TOP 3) are part of the SCITT partnership, offering SCITT student placements and employing SCITT NQTs. The Real Schools Guide 2018

The consistently high quality of support on 3 contrasting school placements, from dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, underpins our success, making us one of the very top teacher training providers in the country The Good Teacher Training Guides . This maximises opportunities for each trainee to learn from best practice in different settings. Our trainees complete training confident across the key stages and fully prepared to work in a wide variety of schools, ready to serve diverse pupil populations.

Placements are carefully matched to trainees’ development needs so mathematics specialists will be placed in schools and classes where they can easily engage in dialogue with subject leaders and classteachers about best practice in teaching mathematics. The SCITT mathematics subject leader will also support the mathematics specialists through each of the school placements to maximise learning and development in this area of the curriculum for these specialists and future mathematics subject leaders.

The autumn placement starts with an introduction week, followed by a 7 week block. Spring and summer terms have the same introduction week, followed by a 6 and 9 week block respectively. We have over 60 partner primary schools across the city and county which offers trainees a wide range of schools in which to gain experience.

Ofsted (2016) reported that “Placement schools are very carefully allocated to provide trainees with teaching experiences across the whole 5-11 age range in a variety of settings. This is an outstanding feature of the training.”


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’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
  • at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)

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.



To apply for a place on the SCITT course, or accredited SCITT SD routes, all applicants must:

  • hold  (or expect to gain before the start of the course), a UK recognised degree (preferably 2:1 or above) or equivalent.
  • already hold  GCSE Grade C or above in English and mathematics and be able to gain at least a  Grade C in science, or equivalent, before the interview processes are finished.

*demonstrate they can communicate accurately and effectively in spoken and written Standard English.

All degree subjects will be considered, including subjects not directly linked to a National Curriculum subject.

Personal qualities

We are looking for talented, creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across a wide range of subjects within the primary curriculum. Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Teachers in schools know that teaching demands stamina and perseverance. We look for applicants with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of teaching.

We aim to recruit a range of good role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also encourage LSAs and career changers.

Other requirements

A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British primary school in the twenty first century. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of one week’s relevant and recent experience in a primary school. We feel this is advantageous to demonstrate your understanding of teaching and learning in your interview.

Applicants will need to pass health and DBS police checks and have the physical and mental fitness to teach.

About the training provider

At the SCITT, we believe passionately that EVERY child is entitled to an excellent education, so they enjoy school, enjoy learning and make very good progress. This can only happen with great teachers and schools. Every aspect of our course is designed and constantly reviewed to support our trainees in achieving this goal.

The Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT has been consistently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding since 2009. In the most recent `Good Teacher Training Guide’ the SCITT is in the top five Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers nationally and is the top primary provider in the East Midlands. All SCITT trainees are also students at the University of Leicester, gaining an internationally recognised PGCE, with 90 Masters level credits.

School placements are central to success in ITT. The SCITT is proud that seven out of the top ten of Leicestershire’s primary schools The Real Schools Guide, 2018 are partners, offering placements and employing many SCITT trained teachers.

Four local Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) work collaboratively with the SCITT as their ITT partner. As a result many of our students are employed in these TSAs, enjoying excellent access to the TSA NQT and career development programmes from the very start of their teaching careers.

Most importantly, every trainee ever trained with the SCITT has rated their training good or better:

“The SCITT has been a brilliant introduction to the teaching profession. I couldn’t imagine feeling better prepared for taking on my own class in September.” (Mike, NQT 2018)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Education and training providers have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to anticipate the adjustments that disabled students may need. The SCITT is committed to actively promoting equal opportunities in employment and to encouraging participation by disabled people in public life.

If you would describe yourself as having a disability, in accordance with the Equality Act (2010), and need any adjustments made to promote equality of opportunity, please contact us, as soon as possible, so we can discuss your requirements. The best place for you to do this is on your UCAS form. However, you can also do it at any time during your studies, either by telling a member of SCITT Management.

As we are partnered with the University of Leicester, our students can access the Student Support Services offered. The AccessAbility Centre offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties; mental health conditions and autism. The Centre offers study skills support.

The AccessAbility Centre

Contact details

0116 254 3187
Dovelands Primary School
Hinckley Road
Leicester, Leicestershire
East Midlands


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