Entry requirements

Do you meet the requirements needed to train to teach with North East SCITT (formerly Shotton Hall SCITT)? 

To be accepted onto our courses you will need:


  • Graduate with a degree.​


  • Grade C or above (or Grade 4 or above) or equivalent in GCSE English and maths.


  • Grade C or above (or Grade 4 or above) or equivalent in GCSE science for primary school teacher training.​


  • We also warmly welcome applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience (degree essential).


If any of your qualifications were obtained overseas, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.

We are a Safer Recruitment provider which means that we have robust safeguarding practices in place.

*Please note, GCSE equivalent qualifications must be obtained via Equivalency Testing.

The interview

Candidates with strongly written applications, who meet the entry requirements will be invited to an interview day. This will involve a full day spent at The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee for secondary or for primary places, interviews will be held at a primary school within the alliance. The day will consist of:


  • A short written task

  • A subject knowledge audit

  • A 15 minute observed lesson (you will be informed in advance of the age group and topic of the lesson)


If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited for a formal panel interview which will be held on the same day. You will also be given the chance to speak with staff, students and current trainees.

The offer

Got your offer? What's next? All offers to train with us are conditional providing that applicants;


  • gain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 

  • provide proof of their qualifications

  • pass an occupational health questionnaire

Course fees

The fee to train with North East SCITT (formerly Shotton Hall SCITT) is £9,250 however, you could be entitled to a bursary of up to £26,000 or a scholarship of up to £28,000. Bursary amounts will vary depending on your teacher training subject and degree classification.


For full information about the funding available click here.

I definitely would not consider being anywhere else for my PGCE year..