How to apply / Primary


Applicants should possess the following:

  • GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent in English, mathematics and science (preferably combined science).
  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. *
  • A broad and balanced physical education, sport or dance background, particularly in activities associated with the national curriculum for physical education.
  • The ability to swim a minimum of 200 metres continuously using two different strokes.
  • Competence in ICT.
  • Successful completion of the mandatory literacy and numeracy skills tests. As soon as you have registered with UCAS you will be able to book these tests. Our advice would be to do these sooner rather than later, but make sure you are fully prepared. There are plenty of online resources, including an app, to support you.
  • Have met the government’s requirement for physical and mental fitness and have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.
  • Work experience in a primary school is desirable but not essential.

* In exceptional circumstances we will consider applicants with a 2:2 degree.

International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below:

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
  • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score of 54 in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
  • We also accept other English language qualifications. If you have any questions about our English language requirements, please contact us directly and we will be glad to assist you.


I would highly recommend the North East Partnership SCITT to anyone wanting to pursue a career in teaching. The course allows for a true school experience while equipping you with a variety of masterclasses in teaching and learning. The support received from the SCITT team is outstanding and guaranteed to help you secure a teaching post.

Leeann Irving

My experience of the North East Partnership SCITT has enabled me to become the confident teacher I am today. The support you receive from your tutors helps to develop your planning, content and structure of lessons and how to effectively manage your class. This gives you the belief in your ability as teacher when you start your first teaching post.

Liam Blythe

I had a fantastic experience on both teaching placements, with really supportive staff. I had the opportunity to teach in very contrasting schools and across the full curriculum, including examination PE at Key Stage 4 and 5. The course gave me an excellent start for a career in teaching and has allowed me to progress into promotional opportunities

Ian Middleton

Having been a trainee and then a school based tutor on the course, it is my belief that NEP SCITT is the best teacher training provider around. The course consists of high quality training which focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of being a physical education teacher, delivered by the best practitioners and schools in the area. Trainees are then able to develop their practice in a variety of school placements, with a strong support network of physical education teachers on hand to offer guidance and support.

Aaron White

It was a genuine privilege to train through the North East Partnership SCITT. The mix of theory and hands on teaching allowed me to develop into a reflective practitioner. An absolutely fantastic course ran by dedicated professionals.

Andrew Archibald

NEP SCITT equipped me with the necessary qualities and skills to become a successful teacher. Courses and CPD events allowed me to develop a greater understanding of monitoring and measuring progress of different ability students.

Jade Murray

After completing my PGCE and entering my first teaching job I realised the SCITT programme had set me up fantastically well. Halfway through the course I sat my first interview and got my first job. This wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent support or amazing network of people who are involved in the programme. Couldn’t recommend it enough!

Louis Lawson