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Primary School-centred Initial Teacher Training with Qualified Teacher Status

Early Years or Early Primary Specialism


SCITT 2021-22 

We have reached capacity and are no longer accepting applications for September 2021.
For information on our SCITT 2022-23, please scroll down.


Your School-based Route to Becoming a Primary Teacher with Early Years or Early Primary Specialism

Our core aim is to help you become a confident, knowledgeable and highly employable teacher with a passion for working with young children, to give them the best starting point in life, whatever their circumstances.

Our high-quality mentors and tutors have extensive practical experience and will help you succeed by offering consistent guidance and personalised support throughout the course.

Alongside the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this course also carries a PG Cert awarded by Birmingham City University.

In addition to covering all the Teaching Standards, the training includes an emphasis on multi-agency working, leadership in the EYFS, working with 2-year-olds, SEND, and practitioner research.

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CREC Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training 2022-23
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"Being a trainee teacher is full time, it means a lot of hard work and long days but I can assure you, if you’re cut out for it, you will thoroughly enjoy the course, as I did! 

It was great to be a part of a close learning community and go on the journey together. I met some very inspiring people who I think have helped me be the teacher I am today."

Lauren Coates

2015/16 cohort


CREC Early Years Partnership SCITT Programme

School-Based Training

135 days in school - three continuous placements

Four Accredited Modules

40 days face-to-face teaching

Extra Enhancement Days

Conference Attendance, Special School Visit, KS2 Elements, Digital Childhoods, British Values & Social Cohesion

Qualified Teacher Status

Graduates achieve full QTS upon completion of the course

60 Masters Credits

Equivalent to 1/3 of a Masters Degree

Additional Qualifications

Paediatric First Aid, Level 2 Food Hygiene, Nutrition & Allergy Awareness, Health & Safety in the Workplace (EY)


Fees and Funding

Course Fees

Course fees for this programme are £9,000.

Most people will be eligible for a loan to cover these fees, which is not repayable until you are in full-time employment and earning at least £21,000 a year.

Loans & Bursaries

Full-time UK students can apply for a maintenance loan to help with their living costs. The amount that you qualify for will depend on your personal circumstances, and you may be required to provide information about your household income. 

Grants & Allowances

Some UK students may qualify for additional funding to support your teacher training, such as Parents' Learning Allowances, Childcare Grants, or Child Tax Credits.

This extra funding is usually non-repayable. 


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