Q. How much are the tuition fees?
A. For 2020/21 our tuition fees will be £9,000 for non-salaried trainees. This is in line with some local and national accrediting bodies although others charge £9,250. 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.
Q. Do I need to pay the tuition fees up front before I start the course?
A. No. Most students choose to pay their fees via the Student Loan Company. However, if you are paying outside of this process, your tuition fees will be invoiced.
Q. How much does a School Direct salaried trainee get paid?
A. School Direct salaried trainees are paid as unqualified teachers, in line with the Department for Education guidelines. Additional details can be found here.
Q. How do I apply?
A. All applications are made through UCAS. You will find us listed as the ‘Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership (School Direct)’ for our salaried vacancies and the ‘Hampshire LEARN SCITT Partnership’ for our core (tuition fee) vacancies.
Q. I’ve lost my academic certificates. Does this matter?
A. Yes. Applicants who are offered a place will be asked to provide the original certificates for these examinations. 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.
Q. I gained my academic qualifications outside of the UK. Can I still apply?
A. Yes. You must obtain a Statement of Comparability from UK NARIC to show your qualifications meet the academic criteria set by the UK Government.
Q. Do I need to pass the Professional Skills tests before I apply?
A. No. The Department for Education has recently announced that trainees are no longer required to take the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills tests. However, all teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics.
Q. I failed to achieve a grade C for GCSE mathematics and English. Can I still apply?
A. Applicants who are otherwise suitable for ITT but, for whatever reason, have not successfully achieved a GCSE grade C 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.
Q. How much do I need to earn before I start to pay back my student loans?
A. Trainees will not be required to make repayments to their Student Loan until after they are in employment and meet current regulations on earnings.
Q. My degree is lower than a 2:2. Can I still apply?
A. Our partnership only accepts applications from candidates who have, or expect to be awarded, an honours degree (minimum class 2:2) by a British University or an equivalent qualification. However, other providers may look at what skills and school experience the applicant brings, and may give credit for studying additional (e.g. Open University) modules, or undertaking postgraduate study. So for the right person with really good experience, it may be possible to get onto a training programme. Unfortunately it is likely you would need to support yourself financially as currently only those with a 2.2 or above qualify for available bursaries.
Q. How long is the course?
A. One academic year – September to July.
Q. Does it matter what subject my degree is in?
A. As a provider we generally look for your degree to be at least 50% of your chosen specialised subject. However, we may still consider your application if you hold a high A-Level qualification (or equivalent) in your chosen specialised subject.
Q. Does it matter if I’ve lived abroad?
A. If you have lived, worked or been on holiday in any country outside of the UK within the last 10 years, for a period in excess of 3 months, you must let us know as it is likely further safeguarding checks will be required.
Q. How is the training programme structured?
A. This is a school based programme so you will be training in a school throughout the programme. You will have a main school placement and a placement in a second school for the first half of the Spring Term. In addition, you will have training days in a number of schools across our alliance so, by the end of the programme, you will have had valuable experience of a range of schools. We are in partnership with the University of Winchester and staff from the University will be delivering the training for the academic assignments you need to complete successfully for the award of a PGCE.
Q. What if I need to improve my Subject Knowledge?
A. As an ITT provider, we will identify if you need to complete an Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as part of the selection process. If we feel you need to enhance your knowledge, we may offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you undertake an SKE course. A range of available SKE programmes can be viewed on the SKE course directory.
Q. How can I gain school experience?
A. The Get Into Teaching website has a wealth of useful information including arranging visits in schools, more details about entry requirements and funding for your training.
Q. Can I train part time?
A. Our programme is a full time course that is completed in one academic year. Other providers may run part time training programmes.
Q. Where can I find independent information on Initial Teacher Training?
A. Further details on Initial Teacher Training can be obtained from the Department for Education’s ‘Get Into Teaching’ site, which provides all the information you need about a career in teaching and how to get there.
Q. What is your UCAS Institution Code?
A. Our UCAS Institution code for School Direct (salaried) vacancies is 16P. Our UCAS Institution code for core (tuition fee) vacancies is 1X9.
Q. What is your SLC Institution Code?