Getting Started

To apply for a place on one of our programmes, you will need to make an online application through the GOV.UK Apply portal.

Criteria Check

Entry Requirements

The Department for Education has set criteria to ensure that all entrants to ITT have demonstrated their achievement of a minimum standard of educational attainment and are suitable to work with children.

All applicants must hold an honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification as judged against UK ENIC.

At least Grade C/ 4 GCSE in: English Language, Mathematics and Science or GCSE equivalent.
All applicants must hold an honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification as judged against UK ENIC.

At least Grade C/4 GCSE in: English Language and Mathematics or GCSE equivalent.

The degree must normally contain at least 50% subject content in the proposed subject area for teaching.

DBS Check

In accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, we ensure that all trainees have been subject to appropriate preselection checks. This will include obtaining and considering Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information. All offers of a place at the Ashton on Mersey SCITT remain conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory disclosure, prior to starting the programme. Trainee teachers will also have a prohibition of teaching check and The SCITT will also do an online check of all applicants invited to interview.

Health Check

As your accredited teacher training provider, we have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to train to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. The activities that a teacher must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003. We are responsible for ensuring that only trainees who have the capacity to train to teach remain on the programme.

People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to train to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to train to teach.

Choose your programme

Take a look at our programmes for further details on our Primary and Secondary offering.

School Experience

Getting some classroom experience can help you to decide whether teaching is right for you.

We offer a School Experience Programme, which will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to teachers about day-to-day school life
  • Observe teaching
  • Watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught
  • Ask members of the SCITT about Teacher Training

You can sign up via

Complete Your Application

All application forms are carefully screened to select applicants for interview. The team will consider how much your academic qualifications including predictions, personal qualities and suitability for teaching, which includes additional interests and experiences.

We are looking to recruit talented individuals who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching, and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

These are some of the personal qualities we are looking for:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • A passion for your subject
  • A positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities
  • Resilience to meet the demands of a challenging but rewarding career in teaching

Tips for your Personal Statement

Demonstrate a commitment to teaching.

Show evidence of working within a school environment (if applicable), whether this be employment or voluntary.

Show evidence of other experiences that have promoted personal development, for example previous work or career, helping with voluntary organisations such as Scouts, Guides, youth groups, charities or other experiences.

The personal statement is articulate, interesting and is grammatically correct.

You will be asked to name two referees.

  • If you are still at university or completed your degree within the past five years, one reference must be from someone at your university who can comment on your academic ability and potential
  • The other reference can be from someone who knows you at work, or who can comment on your character and your potential as a teacher
  • If you left university more than five years ago, you can choose two referees who know you at work, or who can comment on how suitable you are for teaching. You can still use an academic referee if you choose
  • If you are providing a reference from a school where you have been employed or have spent time observing lessons, this should come from the headteacher
  • You must not use family members, friends, partners or ex-partners as referees
  • It is important to use the correct email addresses for your referees

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an online interview, which will consist of;

Five-minute presentation, the topic will be sent to you prior to interview
Starter activity, the topic will be sent to you prior to interview
Formal 1:1 interview
Written task
Maths’s task

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