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Entry Requirements

Please review the information below to identify what documentation is required to support your application with our partnership:

  • Degree certificate - 2:2 or above
  • GCSE (or equivalent) grade A* - C / grade 9 - 4 certificates in mathematics and English to teach at secondary level.  GCSE (or equivalent) grade A* - C / grade 9 - 4 in mathematics, English and a science subject to teach at primary level
  • NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom) 'Statement of Comparability' certificate if your academic qualifications are not from a British awarding body 
  • English language qualification, if applicable*
  • Two academic or professional references, as appropriate
  • Evidence to show you have booked your Professional Skills tests

Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at their own expense.  Further information regarding this process will be provided to successful applicants.  Trainees are also obliged to complete and return the SCITT’s Health Declaration form, leading to confirmation by the relevant Health Service of their fitness to teach.  Further information will be provided to successful applicants.

* If English is your second language you will need to demonstrate at interview the correct and fluent use of standard English, both spoken and written.  During the programme, trainees are assessed against the Teachers' Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and Teachers' Standard 3 requires teachers to:

"Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher's specialist subject."

Degree

You should have, or expect to be awarded an honours degree (minimum class 2:2) by a British University or by the CNAA or an equivalent qualification.  For secondary school teaching, at least 50% of your degree content should be in the subject in which you will specialise. An exception is the option for extended training for maths and science teaching.

Applicants who are offered a place will be asked to provide certificates for both the degree and GCSE (or equivalent) examinations. 

GCSE

Applicants will also need GCE 'O' level or GCSE passes (grades A* - C or 9 - 4) or the equivalent in English Language and Mathematics.  Applications to teach at primary level will also require GCE 'O' level or GCSE passes (grades A* - C or 9 - 4) or the equivalent in a science subject.  Replacement certificates (or certified statements of results) can be requested from the examination boards for any lost/stolen certificates.  Full details can be found on the Government website.

Applicants who are otherwise suitable for ITT but, for whatever reason, have not successfully achieved a GCSE grade C / 4 may be given an opportunity to show that they can nevertheless meet the required standard, either by taking an equivalence test or by offering other evidence of attainment, which should demonstrate a similar level and breadth. 

Applicants who are offered a place will be asked to provide certificates for both the degree and GCSE (or equivalent) examinations. 

References

With your application, you will need to provide satisfactory references, generally from academic referees. Mature applicants who have been away from education for some time may supply professional references. 

NARIC

If you gained your academic qualifications outside of the UK, you must obtain a Statement of Comparability from UK NARIC in order to meet criteria set by the UK Government.  For more information please click here.

Professional Skills Test

All applicants to Initial Teacher Training need to pass both the literacy and numeracy skills tests before starting their course.  Further information is available here.

DBS

Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at their own expense.  Further information regarding this process will be provided to successful applicants.  All trainees who present a DBS that is not completely clear are subject to a SCITT 'Suitability to Teach' Panel meeting and each case is examined on an individual basis. The panel decides whether the candidate is to be accepted on to the course, and is therefore 'suitable to teach' or whether the application to train to teach with the Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership should be rejected. The decision of the panel is final. 

All safer recruitment procedures are followed by the Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership.  All the schools in our partnership are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and they expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share responsibility for this.

Health Declaration Form

All trainees are obliged to complete and return the SCITT’s Health Declaration Form, leading to confirmation by the relevant Health Service of their fitness to teach. In some circumstances, the Health Service may make additional inquiries and provide some guidance on adjustments required. 

Visa to Study

Applicants from non EU countries must hold an appropriate visa stating that they are eligible to study in the UK for the duration of the course. The Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership and our partnership schools are not able to provide sponsorship for a visa.  If the partnership has any concerns regarding the suitability of a visa, it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation and clarification.

Equal Opportunities

The active promotion of equal opportunities and race equality is a central consideration of this training programme.  Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership is committed to promoting race equality and equality of opportunity for all in order to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to value and celebrate the diversity of both its staff and trainees.  All members of the partnership are fully committed to implementing our equal opportunities and race equality policies in our recruitment, training and assessment procedures.

 

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