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Here you can find information to take you through the entry requirements, the pre-course tasks, the application process and the interview.

To register your interest please use our contact form or email a brief CV to:


Durham SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief, or socio-economic class.

Apply online at:  www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

We do not accept direct applications, but please get in touch if you have any questions about the application process.

You will need the following information to apply:

Institution code name: DSAS

Institution code: D87

How to Apply Application Process

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If you are applying for a secondary School Direct place please click HERE.  If you want to apply for primary School Direct, click HERE.  Our School Direct secondary places are offered through our partnerships with: Woodham Academy (our Lead School), St Bede’s in Lanchester, Whitburn C of E Academy and  Richmond School.


Course type and length: Full-time, one year course (September - June) studying for

the award of Qualified  Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE.

Entry Requirements:  General Top


You must possess:

GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics (equivalency tests can be completed via Equivalence Testing www.equivalencetesting.com) a degree or recognised equivalent in your Subject Specialism or a strongly related area.

Protection of Children (DES Circular 4/86) Disclosure of Criminal Background of Those With Access to Children  (Criminal Records Bureau is now the Disclosure Barring Service)

We have a duty to ensure that anyone with "substantial access" to children does not have a criminal record or offences which would render them unsuitable for such work. You will be required to agree to the police checking your records. You will not be permitted to begin your training without being in possession of an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. If you have spent a significant amount of time abroad you will need to ensure you have a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country/countries visited. Please contact us if you need more information regarding the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.

Fitness to Teach

Admission to the course is also dependent upon meeting the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in Fitness to Teach for Employers and ITT Providers 2007 (DFE).

Entry Requirements:  Subject specific Top


Mathematics degree or a degree in which at least 50% of the modules are mathematics related e.g. certain degrees in Accountancy and Engineering may be considered. Where we feel the Mathematics content of your degree is not sufficient you will be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course.

A level Mathematics at grade C or above

Art and Design

At least an A or B at A-Level Art and Design or Fine Art

A degree strongly related to Art and Design.

Good observational drawing skills

Competent in using 3D and/or 2D materials

Good knowledge of the History of Art

Some knowledge of the use of Art and Design in a vocational setting

Health and Social Care

A degree in Psychology, Sociology or Sport Science may be considered.

Preferably some experience of working in the Health and Social Care sector.

Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics

A-levels in at least 2 of the sciences.

A science degree or a degree with a high scientific content (over 50% in the relevant subject). If your degree is between 30% and 50% you may be required to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. For Physics applications, degrees we would consider are most Engineering degrees (aeronautical, chemical, mechanical and electrical), Physics and Astronomy degrees.


A degree in which at least 50% was related to the course in which you would like to study plus a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. A-level). Degrees we would consider relevant to teach History are History, Politics and Archaeology.


You should have a good degree in geography or a closely related discipline, including environmental science, planning, geology, development education, architecture and geographic information systems (GIS).


Have a good degree in English or a closely related subject.  Be able to demonstrate significant and relevant subject knowledge in terms of English literature.


Have a good degree in a modern foreign language or a related subject which is at least 50%.  It would be advantageous if you have resided in a country where the national language corresponds with the language you wish to teach.  Be able to demonstrate, in your applications and interviews, significant and relevant subject knowledge.  Please note that if your first teaching language is not French, you may be advised to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme prior to commencing the course, due to the difficulties of placing trainees without French in our partnership schools. Similarly, if French is your only teaching language, you may be advised to undertake a similar course in an additional language prior to commencing the course.

Computer Science

Have a good degree in an ICT or computing-related subject. This covers a broad range of courses including: computing, business ICT and multimedia.  We may also consider you if your degree is not in ICT/Computer Science, but you have considerable practical ICT knowledge and experience of ICT or Computing training or teaching.

Design and Technology

Have a good degree that includes a substantial element of design and technology (such as product design, 3D design, engineering, food product development, nutrition, textiles or fashion design). At interview candidates will be expected to provide and talk through a portfolio of their work. They will be required to discuss design and technology teaching in their specialist areas that they have seen or experienced recently in schools.

Physical Education

Have a good degree in a cognate subject (e.g. Sports Coaching / Sports Science).  It would be advantageous to have gained experience of working with young people.  For example: school experience or sports coaching.  We may consider other relevant degrees.  Please contact 01325 308918 for more information.

Top Application Process Course Codes School Direct Entry Requirements

Once your application has been passed to us from the UCAS we must decide whether you are a suitable candidate via our selection process.

The interview process(SCITT Core place)* The interview process is rigorous but is nothing to worry about!

The selection process is made up of parts:

Part 1

The Teaching Task: You will be delivering your 15 minute lesson to the 3 members of the interview panel. For the duration of the lesson you should interact with them as if they were Year 10 students (15 years old).

Primary:  You will deliver a 15 minute lesson either to the interview panel or, in the case of School Direct applicants, to a class of pupils at the school to which you have applied.

Please note:  This is a two stage process. After the teaching task we may tell you that we are not going to take you through to part two of the process.  However, if this is the case you will be given feedback before you leave. Please do not worry.  The vast majority of applicants move to the second stage of the interview process.

Part 2

The Interview: The interview panel will ask you 8 longer answer questions and some administration questions and then there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. The purpose of this interview is to find out more about you and your motivation for wanting to teach in your specialist subject / Primary area.

Part 3

Paperwork: You will be asked to complete a written activity and a Subject Knowledge Audit (these activities can be completed at any time throughout the process and there is no time limit) and a numeracy exercise (this activity will be a timed test). You should expect to be here for up to 3 hours. Extra time can be given to those applicants eligible for ‘special consideration’.

*The interview process (School Direct)

This School Direct process may differ slightly.  Interviews often take place at the School offering the place.  Therefore,a second stage interview may be arranged which will take place at The Work Place to enable Durham SCITT to ratify the offer. Regardless of the location of the interview, applicants will be expected to deliver a teaching task and sit a literacy and numeracy test (unless Skills Tests have been successfully completed).

Numeracy and Literacy Test

Any offer of a place will be conditional on passing a literacy and numeracy skills test prior to commencing the course.  

The written exercise & audits

The written exercise will be used to assess your ability to communicate in standard written English.

The subject audit will be used to assess your ability to reach the standard required for subject knowledge by the end of the course; it will also be used to form the basis of your Individual Training Plan.

Copies of these are kept electronically so that large print versions can be made available on request. If required additional time will be allocated for the completion of the written exercise and audits.


The decision to make a final offer will be based on:

A high score on the teaching task.

A high score on the interview and a satisfactory score overall.

Qualitative comments made by the interviewers.

Evidence of sufficient subject knowledge from the skills audit.

Evidence of the ability to read effectively and use written Standard English from the literacy task.

Further consideration of qualifications, predicted grades, personal statement and references.

Consideration of any specific extenuating circumstances.

Interview Process Interview Process Pre-course activities Top Pre-course Activities

The more preparation done prior to starting the course the more successful the training will be. (Please note that some activities may be conditions of any offer.)

Possible pre-course activities:

Spending time in a Secondary School

Reading educational books

Subject booster courses

Reading subject specific books

Watching Teachers’ TV programmes

Familiarise yourself with current educational issues

Top Funding Primary


Durham SCITT

The Work Place

Heighington Lane

Aycliffe Business Park




Phone: 01325 308918

Email: info@durhamscitt.co.uk

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