Three Counties Alliance SCITT
Primary (33C8)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

Financial support
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 (full-time) or up to 2 years (part-time)
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Here is a brief overview of our programme - for more details please visit YTCA SCITT: Programme Information.

Our well-established programme, rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2016, requires trainees to develop a wide range of teaching skills, to reflect on their practice, and to demonstrate they meet the Teachers’ Standards.

In summary we offer:

  • a mixture of experiential and academic learning;
  • excellent pastoral care, well-being training and support;
  • placements in at least two schools with the opportunity to experience other specialised educational settings - click here to view our programme information;
  • high-quality training delivered by skilled and experienced practitioners;
  • one-to-one personalised support throughout the training year from in-school mentors and the YTCA SCITT team;
  • bespoke curriculum and subject knowledge development training;
  • support with finding school employment once qualified;
  • the opportunity to complete a PGCE in Primary and Secondary Education with Sheffield Hallam University (4 taught sessions, 2 modules, 2 practice-based assignments).

Our core curriculum is primarily delivered through "Hub Days". They consist of workshops led by practicing teachers who are expert practitioners and are designed to develop strategies and skills for the classroom as well as opportunities to network with other trainees and reflect on practice. These include:

  • Show and tell sessions – to share something that has worked well, a challenge or good resource.
  • Book club – we have our own little SCITT library. Your challenge is to read all the books before the end of the year!
  • Reading time – to read your Book Club book, research for your PGCE assignments or another topic of interest to you.
  • Curriculum and Subject Knowledge Development Sessions – during the year, subject/primary specialists from our partner schools will come in to deliver specific training in subject/primary groups.
  • Portfolio and Final Assessment support – trainees will receive guidance and support to develop their evidence base showing they have met the Teachers’ Standards.

Assessment for this course is through school experience (placements), a Reflective Portfolio containing evidence bundles, placement reports and a Final Assessment presentation.

The next full and part-time programmes will start in September 2020 and finish in the last week of June 2021 (full-time) or sometime in 2022 (part-time, dependent on timetable) for those trainees that meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Interview process

Our aim is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates that meet our success criteria; those best prepared to begin QTS assessment and most likely to be graded as “Exceeds Teachers’ standards” by the end of their training.

If your application is successful we will invite you to an interview at one of our partner schools. The panel usually includes the SCITT Programmes Lead, a subject specialist and another ITT specialist.

The interview process includes:

  • Teaching a 25-minute lesson based on a topic and class data which you will receive prior to interview. We do take into account that you may never have taught before so we aren’t looking for a perfect lesson! Instead, we will be considering your potential to become a teacher!
  • A 10-minute presentation about the British education system, that you have pre-prepared;
  • A 30-minute interview which will cover your reasons for wanting to teach, your understanding of the role of the teacher, your own skills and attributes and how these might support you in your training and current issues in education.
  • Document check (ID & qualifications);
  • Subject knowledge test (30-40 minutes) - designed to assess the breadth and depth of your knowledge across the curriculum (primary) or in your subject (secondary).
  • A Numeracy & literacy test (30 minutes) - designed to test your literacy & numeracy skills (with and without a calculator).

How school placements work

The placements you complete during your training year will give you a breadth of experience and provide a range of opportunities for you to demonstrate you have met all the Teachers’ Standards.

We currently have 14 excellent partner schools with a proven track record of developing outstanding trainees.

The SCITT currently operates an "AB" placement model where you will have the opportunity to teach 5 to 11 year old children across two placements.

  • Placement A consists of some school Induction Days and approximately 12 assessed teaching weeks. This is your opportunity to develop your core teaching skills.
  • Placement B consists of some school Induction Days and approximately 18 teaching weeks. You will be placed in a contrasting school so you can experience different things and develop your skills in different areas.

We also have time set aside for Enrichment Experiences which include:

  • Two days in a EYFS setting;
  • Two days in a KS3 setting;
  • Two days in other educational settings. These might include visits to a Pupil Referral Unit, Special Needs schools/units, schools with specialisms, etc.

We take into consideration information given to us by successful candidates regarding issues with travel, etc.

Part-time calendars are created in negotiation with the trainee and their placement school – please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,200
EU students £9,200

The cost for the course is £9200. Candidates may be eligible for a student loan, bursary or scholarship.

Please visit Get into Teaching: An overview of funding for more information.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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



GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

An degree at classification 2:2 or above from a UK university (or equivalent):

  • All subjects are acceptable;
  • Third class degrees will be considered on an individual basis;
  • If you are in your final year at University we will look at your predicted grade.

A-Levels or equivalent.

Personal qualities

We usually see candidates demonstrate the following in successful applications and interviews:

  • A genuine desire to support young people and help them develop and succeed;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and an understanding of a career in teaching;
  • A proactive and reflective approach to their own development;
  • The ability to relate to and engage with young people;
  • A passion for their subject;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to explain concepts clearly;
  • Initiative, innovation and resilience.

Other requirements

  • Sufficient knowledge of subjects in the primary curriculum (assessed at interview);
  • Whilst not compulsory, we recommend that you have some recent experience of working in a school so that you fully understand the expectations and demands of the role of a teacher. Please visit this page and enter: “WF9 2UJ” to arrange School Experience with us.

If successful at interview...

  • Completed medical questionnaire;
  • Enhanced DBS clearance by us which is subscribed to the Update Service;
  • An RO2 and declaration form (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and Childcare Act 2006 in Schools).

About the training provider

"YTCA has been fantastic. The support I have received has been second to none. Without the personal, approachable nature of the staff, mentors and other trainees I would not have progressed as much as I have. The course provides a wealth of training, experiences, opportunities and personalised support. Its smaller size is just one of its greatest strengths. I have had an incredible year!"

Secondary Trainee 2018-19

The YTCA SCITT has a highly successful track record of developing outstanding teachers. As a relatively small provider we are able to personalise our training and offer the support our trainees deserve.

Students in our schools have a right to the best education and learning opportunities by being taught by outstanding teachers. Our vision is therefore to ensure the best possible education in Yorkshire schools through our collective passion for Initial Teacher Training.

Our programme aims to:

  • Produce outstanding newly-qualified teachers;
  • Enrich the education sector by delivering a quality of teacher recruitment that will drive forward school improvement;
  • Provide access to high-quality professional development opportunities for trainees.

We strive for excellence and are achieving this by:

  • Providing a challenging, stimulating and inspirational training programme run by expert practitioners;
  • Supporting our trainees to work at Masters Level for a PGCE;
  • Working with partners who are committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging and professional learning environment;
  • Preparing our trainees for future leadership roles within the teaching profession and education sector.

To find out more please visit our website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The YTCA SCITT has a commitment to equality of opportunity for all, and welcomes candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds regardless of age, gender, disability, religious or social contexts.

We seek to challenge racism, sexism, ageism or homophobia and to remove obstacles facing people with disabilities or from particular socio-economic backgrounds. It is required of everyone in our partnership to reflect these values at all times.

Disability Access

In the past we have worked successfully with many trainees with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as those with physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

If you have special needs you wish to discuss with us prior to interview, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met.

Pastoral Support

We offer various forms of pastoral support for trainees:

  • We run a 'Healthy Mind, Healthy You!' strand through our Core Training Programme. This looks at how to maintain well-being and build resilience as a trainee;
  • Placement school mentors have responsibility for ensuring the welfare of trainees placed with them;
  • Each trainee will also have a designated member of the YTCA SCITT team to support their well-being during the course. The support will take the form of regular contact via email/phone, half-termly meetings and can also include additional support where required;
  • Each trainee is assigned a buddy.

If you have any specific queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss them further.

Contact details

Minsthorpe Community College
Minsthorpe Lane,
West Yorkshire


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: T29
  • Training programme code: 33C8

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
Minsthorpe Community College
Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, Pontefract WF9 2UJ
Yes 3

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