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Durham University

Your PGCE with North East SCITT is awarded by Durham University, a globally renowned education institution. This gives you both the academic excellence of a university, with the hands on training and support of a SCITT. 

Become a Durham University student


As part of our SCITT programme, we provide both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to all trainees. North East SCITT (formerly Shotton Hall SCITT) is the accredited body for awarding your QTS, and we partner with Durham University to deliver your PGCE. We do this as we believe it equips you with the reflective and professional expertise to make you the best possible teacher. 


This means you’ll not only train with us, but you’ll be a student of Durham University and a member of Van Mildert College. You will also receive 60 credits towards a Masters in Education once you have completed your PGCE, should you want to pursue that in the future.  

Our partnership with Durham gives you access to a great range of student benefits within our courses, including:  

  • Outstanding teaching from Durham University's national and international educational experts 

  • A designated Durham University mentor 

  • Specially designed modules that enable you to analyse your classroom practice in the light of research and educational theory 

  • Participation in a week-long ‘Reflective Practitioner' conference 


Not to mention the more typical elements of the student experience including: 

  • Access to Durham University's world-class library facilities 

  • Access to the full range of support and students services 

  • The ability to join societies and sports clubs 

  • And last but not least... an NUS discount card!