School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Similar to the School Direct model, this programme focuses your training in school, as its name suggests.

You will train at a group of neighbouring schools, with a lead-school taking overall responsibility for your development. This route allows you to gain experience in more than one school environment.


The course usually lasts for one year and is full-time. Some courses provide flexible training options.


You will gain Qualified Teacher Status at the end of your SCITT. Some will also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).


UK and EU resident students could be eligible for a training bursary or IOP Scholarship when undertaking a SCITT teacher training course with an accredited provider.

For the 2019/20 academic year, there are bursaries of £26,000 tax-free funding available. Bursaries are paid by your ITE provider during your course. For full details visit the Get into teaching website.

There are also 150 IOP Teacher Training Scholarships available, which provide £28,000 tax-free funding and tailored IOP support. Find out more and apply.

Please note that you will be charged tuition fees by your SCITT provider. The exact cost varies between providers, but UK and EU residents may be eligible for a loan to cover the cost. More information about tuition fee loans can be found here.


For a list of schools offering SCITT courses, search the UCAS Teacher Training website. Applications are submitted online via UCAS. You are required to submit a personal statement and details of your academic and work experience. Take a look at our making an application pages for further details.

Charlotte’s Story

I decided to train to become a physics teacher because I enjoy working with young people and spreading my enthusiasm for science. I took the School Centred Initial Teacher Training route and I was awarded a PGCE in Science with Physics.

One of the highlights of my training year came early on when showing a year 7 group a video of far too many balloons being squished inside a container with liquid nitrogen. The video captured the imagination of everybody in the class and I was bombarded with questions on liquid nitrogen. It felt very special to have triggered such curiosity in students.

I was awarded an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship which offered me valuable financial support during my training year and provided me with a range of other help. The Institute of Physics workshops, which were free for me to attend, introduced me to a range of exciting practical lessons and also showed me where I could find more practical ideas.

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