Secondary Initial Teacher Training Courses

The Secondary Initial Teacher Training courses are all School Direct led by Southend High School for Girls. They all offer a PGCE with masters credits. Courses include an optional sports coaching qualification, awarded by the Football Association. You can choose from:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education

You can add specialisms in SEND or Leadership.

SCITT & School Direct Training Routes

This is a fee paying route provided by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University.

This is a ‘hands on’ training route supported by excellent theoretical training. A degree 2:2 or above awarded by a UK university, or a recognised equivalent qualification; 50% of the degree must be relevant to the subject you wish to teach; if the degree does not link closely enough, we would require an A level in that subject and a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course would also be recommended. You will also need a GCSE English and Maths at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).

If you are accepted into this route, we will place you in two partnership schools during the year. The fees for this route are £9,250 inclusive of your university fee. If eligible, you can apply for a Student Loan or self-fund.

School Direct Salaried Route

School Direct Salaried is offered by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University. On this route your fee is paid by your employing school and you will receive a salary on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the duration of your training.

Several of our schools offer salaried places each year. All are keen to find high-quality trainees and invest in your school direct training with the promise of a job in the school at the end of the training if an appropriate position becomes available.


Pick the best route to initial teacher training

Use the below chart to help you identify the best route into secondary teaching for you.


Do you need a salary to train?


School Direct Salaried or Graduate Apprenticeship




School Direct Training

Choose your subject

Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English,
Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, Physics,
Psychology, Religious Education

Do you want to specialise now?

Secondary General

Behaviour, SEND, PE, Primary Maths

Now select the best course for you

All our courses are listed under:

Essex and Thames SCITT – if you cannot find us under a name search, then please search provider code T25

All courses include a PGCE and the award of QTS.



If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01268 570215. Alternatively, please complete the form below...