Frequently Asked Questions

Is what you offer similar to a University Course?

You will work towards the same qualifications as a postgraduate university led programme. The main difference is, on a school based programme you will spend significantly more time training ‘on the job’ in a school.  During our training programme, you will spend 4 days a week in school and 1 day a week completing professional studies alongside our other trainees.  

What does PGCE stand for?
PGCE stands for Post Graduate Certificate in Education
What does QTS stand for?
QTS stands for Qualified Teacher Status
What is the difference between QTS and PGCE?

QTS means you have qualified teacher status. This means that you are qualified to teach in any school in England. A PGCE is a post-graduate certificate in education. This means you have a Masters level certificate in the study of education. You can have QTS without a PGCE which will allow you to teach.  At George Abbot SCITT all trainees follow the QTS with an option to take the PGCE in partnership with Kingston University.

Can I use my overseas qualifications?
Yes, you will need to have your qualifications certified by ENIC ( to confirm they are equivalent to the required UK qualifications.
Do I need both English and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above?

Yes you will need both English and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above. If you wish to train in Primary you will also need Science at grade C/4 or above. If you do not hold these qualifications at the time of application it is possible to take an equivalency test ( but you will need to have them before you start the training programme.

Can I specialise in Special Needs?

We have strong links with many SEND schools, representing every phase, age and type of special school. This means at George Abbot SCITT, during your week-long SEN experience, we can provide high quality training experiences in a range of settings.  All our trainees spend a full week in an SEND school and following this placement, some trainees opt to undertake an extended, second placement in an SEN setting.

These placements may include working with pupils who have Communication & Interaction Needs, Learning Difficulties, Complex Social & Communication
Needs, Severe Learning & Development Difficulties or Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulties. 

How do I write my teacher training personal statement?

When you submit your application on the DfE Apply Portal you will need to write a personal statement. This is your opportunity to show your passion for teaching, but the available space is limited.  You will find more information on the ‘how to apply’ tab.

Is teacher training paid?

Unfortunately we do not offer salaried teacher training, however there are bursaries for some secondary subjects.  See the ‘fees and finance’ tab for further information.

When do I need to apply for teacher training?

This year you can apply to us via the DfE Apply for Teacher Training portal.  Applications open in October to start training the following September.  Please be aware the later you apply in the academic year, the smaller the pool of possible placement schools will be available to you.

How do I find a placement school?

Once you accept a place with us we will match you to a partnership school based on existing links, location, school’s capacity and individual trainee needs.