Primary EYFS QTS Only

Course Code: T493
Course Type: Primary

All of the courses that we offer are very practical routes into teaching, offering hands on teaching experience, that is facilitated by experienced, practising teachers.

Through all of our routes you will be supported and supervised by an experienced class based mentor to ensure you develop and grow into an outstanding teacher.

Your mentor will be in class with you all year, guiding and helping you as you train.

In addition to this, EoETT will also provide you with a Quality Assurance Tutor who will regularly visit you, providing constructive feedback and support to ensure your development.

Available to Apply From: 12 October, 2021
Start Date: September 2022
Course Length: 1 year

Course Details

About the Course

You will be based in school, on average, four days a week, learning from the experts and seeing first hand how to be an outstanding teacher. Approximately once a week you will attend training in Lincoln, which is led by current teachers from the school partnership and experts.

You will start with your ‘host school’ in September, and remain with them until the end of the course in July, except for when you undertake a contrasting 6 week second school placement within our partnership. We can GUARANTEE that all your school placements will take place within your local area – wherever this is. Because you spend so much time in school, you will build fantastic relationships with the children in your class and embed your understanding of the primary curriculum and progression, fully preparing you for your NQT year. Many of our trainees secure employment in their host school or second school and we continue to have high employment rates.

As with any ITT course, you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and will build a portfolio of evidence across the course that is added to our online portal. Evidence will comprise of the activities you do weekly in school (lesson plans, observations, reflections) and expectations for this evidence will be explained to you at the start of the course.

If you choose to complete the QTS only course, you will complete 1 assignment at level 6 equivalent – this is marked by East of England Teacher Training. If you choose to complete the QTS and PGCE course, you will complete 2 assignments and submit these to our University partner (University of Hull), who will mark these at level 7. The University of Hull will travel to Lincoln to deliver training sessions, you will not need to travel to Hull.

You may be eligible for a student loan. These are normally for undergraduate courses but you can also apply if you do postgraduate teacher training.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications needed

In order to be eligible for the programme you would need to hold the following qualifications:

At least a Grade C/Level 4 in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.

For Primary you would also require at least a Grade C/Level 4 in GCSE Science or equivalent.

A Degree at a 2:2 or above, preferably in the subject you wish to apply for.

Other requirements

Before you start the course, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £8,500.

About the accredited body

East of England Teacher Training are a SCITT consisting of a group of experienced educational professionals who lead high quality, school based Teacher Training, leading to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), with a PGCE (optional).

They are passionate about what they do and about making a difference to the lives of the children within our schools. The SCITT is ‘highly ambitious and is driven to ensure ‘high-quality local teachers that teach successfully within local schools’. (Ofsted 2018)

Interview process

When you apply on the Department for Education (DfE) website, your application will go through an initial screening process. If your application makes it through the initial screen, you will be formally invited to an interview in one of our School Direct partner schools.

You may be eligible for financial support from the government  if you choose a course without a salary. This support includes bursaries, scholarships and loans.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK


If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.


Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disability Support at interview: If you have a sensory or physical disability, dyslexia, a mental health or medical condition, please let us know if you need some support during the selection process. 

We recommend you contact both ourselves and University Admissions within three days of receiving an invite to interview so we can arrange (for example) extra time in order to complete reading or written tasks if required; a sign language interpreter; a note taker; materials in a different format; wheelchair access. 

We will try to accommodate your requests so that you can fully participate in the interview without any disadvantage.

Disability Access All training venues and schools must meet statutory requirements for access, but individual needs will be accommodated wherever possible.

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