Teacher Training Events & Open Days
Come along and meet us at one of the following open day events for bespoke pre and post application advice. Details of open days to follow.
All applications to Portsmouth Primary SCITT are initially dealt with by UCAS. Applications open in October!
Institution Code: P82 Primary Course Code: X100 Early Years Course Code: X110
- A minimum of a 2.2 degree preferably with some links to primary education.
- GCSE at Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
- A minimum two weeks experience working in a school.
- It is an advantage to have at least two good passes at A level or the equivalent.
- To also be competent and confident in the use of ICT.
- Passed the QTS Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.
Our expectation is that prospective candidates will have some knowledge of what it is like to work in a primary or early years classroom, either on a voluntary basis or possibly working as a Learning Support Assistant.
The minimum requirement is two weeks, but we would look favourably on someone who has shown commitment to working with children over a period of several months or longer. Our expectation would then be that a member of staff in school would be willing to supply a good reference, which would highlight that commitment.
What if I do not have UK qualifications?
Contact NARIC on 0870 9904088 and gain paper verification that it is equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:2 or above and for GCSE equivalents
Candidates are selected for interview from those applications forwarded on to the Training Manager from UCAS. Interviews take place at Beacon View Primary Academy.
The interview process comprises of four components:
- Mini teach in pairs
- Written task
Most candidates will know within two weeks as to whether they will be offered a place on the course.
We offer all candidates the opportunity to receive feedback if they are unsuccessful in their application to secure a place.
Candidates offered a place:
If candidates are offered a place they will be asked to spend some time preparing for the course. All candidates are told that it will be a challenging year when they are offered a place, but they are given a considerable amount of individual support from the course tutors, link tutors and mentors either in centre or school based training. The demands made on each trainee are high, and we have a reputation for training good teachers, especially in the City of Portsmouth. This is a reputation we are proud of. Our demands require a very high level of commitment from all the applicants who want to consider joining us.
All PGCE trainees must hold a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) enhanced disclosure before the start of the PGCE course. Details of how to apply will be provided once you have been made an offer of a place on the course.
Please note – if you are made an offer following interview, your offer will be conditional on you gaining a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure before the start of the course. Failure to produce this will mean that you would not have met the conditions of your offer and therefore you will lose your place on the course.