All applications go through UCAS Teacher Training.  This applies to both GITEP SCITT and the four School Direct partnerships accredited by GITEP.  The UCAS codes for the different courses can be found on the relevant subject pages.

Before applying

All applicants to postgraduate teacher training are required to have a degree and GCSE Grade C/Level 4 or equivalent in English and maths. We need to confirm that you have these qualifications and will want to see original certificates at interview.  Confirmation of a place can be held up if applicants cannot find their certificates.

We do accept a limited number of overseas qualifications as equivalent to GCSE.  Please contact us for further advice.


UCAS allows for up to three choices.  Some applicants use these to apply for three School Direct places.  It is worth remembering that a School Direct lead school may have only one training place available in a subject.  Our advice would be to include GITEP SCITT as a choice as well as any School Direct places.  The course is identical and this maximises the number of places available to you.

If you are rejected by one of our partner School Direct schools this does not mean that you will automatically be rejected by GITEP SCITT.

Professional skills tests – literacy and numeracy

For applicants starting in 2020 the DfE has removed the requirement to pass nationally set professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy.  However, we have our own tests which you will be asked to do at interview.

School experience

There is no requirement to have any recent experience in schools before applying.  Clearly, time in schools will help you decide if you have chosen the right career but don’t delay an application because you are trying to fit in school experience around your job or course.  We have regular Teacher Taster Days at secondary schools around the county and many applicants find these useful.

Qualification Equivalency

Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.


The application requires two referees. Ideally, one of these should be academic and the other personal/professional. If it is some time since you were at university you may want to give some thought to potential referees.  Your application won’t come through to us from UCAS until both referees have completed their parts.

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