How to apply

Applications for any of our Initial Teacher Training pathways is through UCAS. When you have logged on search for Sutton SCITT. Our provider code is 1ZW for core SCITT and 17J for School Direct Salaried.

Before you apply:

  • Check you meet the criteria for the course
  • Get your references ready

Get your qualifications checked if they are from overseas or are in a non-specialist subject

Make sure your application is strong by:

  • Knowing why you want to teach in your chosen subject
  • Including details of your experience of working with young people and any in-school observations you have undertaken
  • Consider your educational values and beliefs including current initiatives and reform in education
  • Making sure you include all aspects of your education including a breakdown of your degree

The Interview Process:

If your application is successful you will be invited to an assessment day at one of our schools. Our assessment days are designed to assess your potential and aptitude to teach. Each assessment day follows the same format and you can expect:

  • A group exercise
  • Teaching a 20 minute lesson on a prescribed topic in your chosen subject
  • Complete a written task
  • A subject interview
  • A general interview
  • In some subjects we ask you to sit additional tests to assess subject knowledge


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Achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in Mathematics.

Achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in English Language.

A degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. It is a requirement that candidates seeking a funded place will have achieved an Honours degree at 2:2 or higher, although it is expected that candidates will have a 2:1 especially for School Direct Salaried. It is expected your first degree is held in the subject field you are applying for

What else do you need?

  • Experience of working with young people
  • A minimum of two days experience in a school observing teaching and learning
  • An understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing young people today
  • A passion for your subject and the potential to take this into the classroom
  • The ability to inspire, motivate and support pupils
  • Evidence of the ability to listen and communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences
  • The potential to promote a positive ethos and pride in the school
  • The ability to remain calm and reflective when working in a challenging environment
  • A well-developed sense of humour