We offer the choice of training in 11 to 16 (KS3 & KS4) in all subjects apart from Business Studies and Social Sciences which will cover 14 to 19 (KS4 & KS5). 

For all Secondary Programmes use the provider code 1OV and the correct course code for your subject. 


Following your acceptance of our offer, you are required to spend at least one day in your main placement school.  This is a condition of entry and can be arranged at a mutually convenient date and time.  You will also be given some pre-course tasks including lesson observations and a suggested reading list.  Then in July you will be invited to attend a 3-day induction programme.  

The programme will formally commence on the first day of the academic year when trainees will start in their placement school and experience the new school year through the eyes of a teacher.

Expert Mentor Support
All trainees have a dedicated mentor to provide personalised support and guidance.  The role of the mentor is multi faceted;  coach, role model, trainer, critical friend,  reflective practitioner, counsellor, assessor, target setter and supporter.

Your mentor will play a major part in your ongoing assessment and will work closely with you to develop your teaching practice.  With the help of your mentor, you will gradually increase your teaching hours across the programme.

Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge

Professional studies sessions take place once a week and these are designed to support practical learning.  Over the year we will cover the core principles of effective learning and teaching.

 In addition to our weekly study days you will have additional subject knowledge training.  These sessions are coordinated by a Expert Subject Mentor.


All trainees complete a series of Professional Development tasks rooted in classroom practice and reflection. In addition, trainees following the PGCE route will complete two written essays at a Masters level which will include wider reading and additional weekly tasks. 

School Experiences

All trainees will experience:

  • A 6 week second placement in a contrasting school environment
  • A day in a special school focusing on pupils with SEN
  • A day at a Primary School 
  • A day at a Sixth Form College
  • Time focusing on behaviour strategies
What qualification does this course lead to?

You will be recommended for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) on successful completion of the course. Trainees will also have the option to study for a PGCE (60 credits) awarded by Kingston University.

How much
will it cost?

Tuition fees for School Direct places are £8,250 for QTS only and £9,250 for the PGCE programme.

Is there any financial support available?
To see what funding you might be entitled to, please visit the fees and financial support pages of this site >>>
Will I be employed at the end of the programme?
Whilst there is no guarantee of employment George Abbot SCITT has an excellent track record and supports trainees to find their first post.