How to apply

If you are enthusiastic, determined and aspire to become a teacher, then we would like to hear from you.

All applications are received via UCAS Teacher Training (call 0871 334 4447).

Entry requirements

  • Achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or a recognised equivalent).
  • You must have GCSE English Language, Mathematics at Grade C, or Grade 4, or above. Applicants must also have Grade C, or 4, or above for Science. Please note; although the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) minimum requirement is a grade C at GCSE, we will generally be looking for applicants with a grade B and above in English language.
  • Successful completion of the Professional Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy. This is a pre-entry requirement; tests must be passed before the start of the course.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 10 days school experience (either paid or in a voluntary capacity) during the previous 12 months is required before application.
  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the SCITT.
  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory.

In addition we recommend:

  • That you have a good personal academic record at secondary education and beyond and are familiar with a range of IT skills
  • That you seek a strong recommendation from an appropriate referee who is aware of the challenges of a primary school. This will not necessarily be an academic tutor. It may for example be a Head teacher/Senior member of staff from your school experience who can comment on your work with children.

The interview process

CETT uses a two stage interview process for candidates called to interview, normally held on two separate days. It may be possible to hold both interviews on the same day for candidates who need to travel further or candidates who will find attending interview for two half days particularly difficult. Please email the SCITT for advice if this is a concern.

Stage one

The first stage of this process will consist of written audits in English and mathematics, together with an informal information giving session about the SCITT. The written audits assess whether each candidate’s personal subject knowledge in English and mathematics is will from a secure base to underpin high quality teaching of these subjects in the primary school. This means the audits serve a different purpose and are of a different design to the professional skills tests.

Preparation materials and information about the interview audits are attached here:

English audit advice and information
Mathematics audit advice and information

Stage two

The second stage of the interview process will involve a combination of tasks including:

  • a presentation
  • a task working with a small group of early primary or primary pupils
  • a formal interview

Each part of the selection procedure will be graded to agreed criteria. The interview questions will be largely based on elements that will contribute to the Teachers’ Standards.

Equal opportunities procedures will be followed to ensure that the selection procedures are open, fair and assessments are to agreed criteria.


Qualities we are looking for

A commitment to undertake teacher training is a major step. As such it is important applicants make this commitment based on a first hand understanding of the pressures and rewards of working within the primary setting. All applicants therefore need a minimum of ten days relevant and recent experience in a primary school. This experience must be clearly indicated on the application form for the applicant to be considered for interview.

Resilience and determination

Teaching is a demanding profession; despite the immeasurable rewards it brings, stamina and perseverance are key qualities that are needed. CETT will offer support in helping trainees reach their full potential but we are looking for resilient and determined candidates, who show a commitment to excellence and continued self –development in order to become the best they can be. Our value to insist on excellence underpins the work of CETT.


We are looking for creative individuals, with a passion for teaching across the wide range of subjects taught in a primary school. We believe these qualities will underpin the work of trainee teachers as they seek to challenge and excite their pupils and enable them to develop as confident, enthusiastic and effective learners.

Good communication skills

Good communication skills are at the heart of effective teaching and all applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills – both written and verbally.

Good role models

We aim to recruit a range of positive role models representative of the local population, particularly from minority ethnic communities and men. We also value the experience of career changers and are keen to hear from experiences classroom assistants. Our trainees have come from a diverse set of backgrounds with a range of prior experience. Some trainees come straight from university, whilst others have had different careers and we aim to meet the needs of all trainees.

Tuition fees 2017 to 2018

Tuition Fees for 2017-18 are £9000.

You do not have to pay for your course upfront. You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.

However, if you do not wish to take a tuition fee loan, you can pay your own tuition fee in full.

Why does CETT SCITT’s tuition fee represent good value for money?

We believe CETT is good value for money for many reasons. Our high quality of training and high employment rates are testament to this. CETT strives to go that extra mile to make your training as enjoyable and supportive as possible. We aim to provide you with the tools and resources to obtain the best outcome attainable.

What financial help can I get?

Tuition fee loan

Tuition fee loans are available to help pay the cost of your tuition fees. They are paid directly to Central England Teacher Training  SCITT on your behalf. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to the full cost of the tuition fee from Student Finance England. Tuition fee loans are not repayable until you are earning over £21,000 a year.
If you are an EU student from outside the UK, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan if you meet certain conditions.

Maintenance grant

You can apply for a Maintenance Grant to help with living costs. Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of each term. You dont have to pay it back but any funds you will get reduce the Maintenance Loan you can get.

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Grant.

Maintenance loan

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Maintenance Loans are paid into your bank account at the start of each term. The exact amount you can borrow depends on your household income, where you live and what help you get through the maintenance grant.
 For 2017-18 you can receive upto £7,097 if you live at home and upto £8,430 if you live away from home.

Training Bursary

To encourage high quality trainees into primary teaching the following financial incentives are available for 2017-18 . You do not need to apply for a Training Bursary as they will be automatically processed by CETT SCITT. Applicants with a 1st class degree or PhD are eligible to receive £3,000.

Council tax

As a full time student you can apply for council tax reduction / exemption. This depends on who lives in your household. You will need an official letter to apply, which is given to you by CETT SCITT when you begin the course.

 Please tell me more about students and council tax.

Other financial support

Disabled Students can apply for extra financial support through Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). These grants are paid in addition to the standard student finance package. They do not depend on income and do not have to be repaid.

If you have child or adult dependants you can apply for extra financial support. These are in the  form of the Adult Dependants’ Grant, Childcare Grant and Parents Learning Allowance.

For more information about other financial support, please click here.

When and where to apply for financial support

For 2017-18 Student Finance you can apply from early 2017 at Student Finance England.

How do I repay it


You will not start to make repayments of your tuition fee loan and your living cost loan until you are earning over £21,000 a year. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments stop until you start earning over £21,000 again. You repay 9% of your income above £21,000. The amount you pay depends on how much you earn. For example, if your salary is £25,000 a year, you pay nine per cent of £4,000, which is £6.92 a week. Tuition fee loans and maintenance loans are added together and a single repayment will be deducted from your salary, normally through the tax system.

Any outstanding balance is written off after thirty years. Please tell me more about how do I repay my student loans.