School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

This teacher training route is designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and Initial Teacher Training providers. Most of the training is delivered in the classroom by experienced teachers. Providers work in close partnerships with universities, enabling trainee teachers to gain a degree alongside working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Study mode
Study level
Course type
Teaching qualifications
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Student loans
Application method
UCAS Undergraduate Apply
Classroom experience preferred
School placement
School based throughout the training, in at least two schools
Fees and funding
Fees payable

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are run by schools or groups of schools. Many schools work in close partnerships with universities, enabling students to gain an undergraduate degree alongside working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This way of studying provides practical, hands-on teacher training, taught by experienced current practitioners.  

Often SCITT programmes are tailored towards teaching in the local area, but this route still includes lectures, tutorials, and seminars that cover the same material as university or college training programmes.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for SCITT programmes:

  1. You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (previously grade C). These must include English language, mathematics, and science.
  2. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4 or above in your English and mathematics GCSEs.
  3. 112 UCAS Tariff points from A level or equivalent.

Some training providers may also have specific entry criteria. Check the programme details carefully to establish if it matches your qualifications and experience. As teaching involves working with children on a daily basis, there are also some non-academic requirements you'll need to meet.

Fees and funding

The amount training providers charge can vary – for UK and EU students, it can be up to £9,250 per year for a full-time programme starting in 2020. It’s a big investment, but there’s often funding available to help you. UCAS does not arrange student finance, but we can give you information and advice about funding and support to help point you in the right direction.

  • Tuition fee and maintenance loans – if you’re not eligible to receive a bursary or scholarship, you can still apply for a student loan to cover your training programme fees and living costs. Find out more from Student Finance England.
  • Extra student funding – if you have dependants, you could access further funding to support your teacher training, such as Parents' Learning Allowances, Childcare Grants, or Child Tax Credits. The student finance calculator from Student Finance England allows you to estimate the level of funding that may be available.
  • Disabled students and care leavers – universities and colleges have different ways of supporting you in higher education. Check if you are entitled to additional support and funding.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS Undergraduate.

  • Search for training programmes with our search tool.
  • You’ll then need to register to submit and track the progress of your application.

There’s lots of information and advice to help you on

Explore your options

You can apply to up to five training programmes on your UCAS application.

It’s worth considering a combination of different routes when you apply, such as university and school based, or SCITT.