School Centred Initial Teacher Training

We are pleased to be working with a number of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) providers to deliver a Postgraduate Certificate of Education as part of their training

SCITTs (School Centered Initial Teacher Training providers) are networks of schools that have been approved to run school-centred courses. They provide practical, hands-on teacher training, delivered by experienced, practising teachers based in their own school or a school in their network. Bath Spa University works with a number of SCITTs to deliver the academic award of the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) as part of our initial teacher training.

Bath Spa's contribution includes a formal validation mechanism and academic support for SCITT trainees during your PGCE training. The Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) qualification is also delivered by SCITT personnel through practical work and taught sessions in their respective schools and the SCITT centre. The SCITT recommend trainees for QTS to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

"You’ll have an extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors on hand to help you throughout your course. The school you’re with won’t ask you to teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready."

Department for Education, Get into Teaching

There is no pre-specified curriculum for the PGCE programme, so detailed content is negotiated with each SCITT in order to fit within the requirements of the University. Our programmes provide generic support for the Level 7 assignments, as well as quality assurance around the theoretical pedagogical subject knowledge relating to the assignments/PGCE qualification.

We currently work with the following SCITTs

Are you a SCITT and want to get involved with us?

We're always keen to build upon our successful and highly-regarded partnership. If you'd like to discuss working with Bath Spa University, please contact us at

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