How to apply

September 2022 Entry :  Applications for the next DPSCITT course starting next September are now open. 

Applications are made through the Government Train to Teach website :

Apply for teacher training – GOV.UK (

The DPSCITT Course Code is X100   

Applications will remain open until the course is full for next year.  We anticipate this will be around Easter 2022, but please be aware that it is earlier in some years.  


Before you apply, we would encourage you to review the pages across this website to find out about our course including the FAQs which cover many of the questions we regularly get asked by prospective applicants. is a great source of information for those considering teacher training.   If you have not had recent experience in a primary setting, we would also encourage you to see if you can arrange to spend some time in a school.

If you have any questions about the application process, please get in touch.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the DPSCITT Programme, you will need to:


  • hold a degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification
  • have achieved grade C or 4 or above in GCSE English or equivalent
  • have achieved grade C or 4 or above in GCSE mathematics or equivalent
  • have achieved grade C or 4 or above in GCSE science or equivalent. (For science, candidates are able to take an equivalency test through the following organisation:
  • communicate clearly and grammatically in written standard English
  • convey enthusiasm and commitment to teaching
  • have a strong recommendation to train as a primary school teacher from an appropriate referee
  • meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach
  • never have been excluded from teaching or working with children

Funding for Teacher Training

Training Bursaries

Unfortuately, the government has confirmed that no bursary funding will be made available for primary PGCE applicants starting their training in September 2021.

Follow the link below for the government information on wider funding for teacher training in 2021/22 

    Tuition Fee Loans & Maintenance Loans

    DPSCITT trainees are eligible to apply for Tuition Fee and Maintenance loans to support their Initial Teacher Training.

    Full details can be found on the Directgov website.

    Tuition Fees

    DPSCITT tuition fees for 2021/22 are £9,250.  We are awaiting information from the Department for Education regarding any fee changes for 2022/23 and will update our site when we have this.   

    A full tuition fee loan is available for this amount from the Student Loan Company.

    We are a non-profit making organisation.  Your money therefore is spent entirely on providing you with outstanding training.  How your tuition fee is spent is broken down as follows:

    % Spent
    56% School Based Training:
    Personal support – including 38 weekly designated mentor support sessions with your school-based tutor, additional planning support with class teachers, 1:1 support from the Director/Deputy Director. 
    35% Centre Based Training:
    Provision of exceptional locally and nationally recognised training in subject specialisms, child development and behaviour, and professional development – rated as Outstanding by our trainees.
    9% Administration & Programme Support

    Professional and Career Development Loans

    A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan. You make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. Then once you’ve stopped studying, you pay it back in the normal way. The Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) pays the interest on the loan while you’re studying – and for one month afterwards. After this, you’ll pay interest at the rate fixed when you took out the loan. Interest rates on the loans are set so they’re competitive with other ‘unsecured’ personal loans that are commercially available. Interest rates may vary from bank to bank. For further information, consult the participating banks.

    Council Tax

    You are classed as a full-time student for the duration of the course and are able to claim exemption for this period.

    We will confirm your registration on the programme and that you are a full-time student, which you may find useful for entitlement to other benefits and discounts.

    Health Costs – Prescriptions, Dentist

    Students aged 19 or over are not automatically entitled to help with health costs. However, you can apply to the Low Income Scheme using Form HC1 to see if you qualify for help. This is currently not available on-line.Telephone 0845 610 1112 to order an HC1 Application Form.

    Additional Support

    You may be entitled to additional support for child care or, if you have a disability, you may be entitled to a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA. Further information can be found at

    Contact details to apply for grants and loans:
    Telephone: 0845 300 5090 (8 am to 8pm,  Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays.)
    Address: Student Finance England PO Box 210 Darlington DL1 9HJ

    Making an Application

    Applications for entry in September 2022 will open on 12th October 2021.

    Applications are made through the UK Government’s Apply for Teacher Training website, run by the Department for Education (DfE): 

    Apply for teacher training – GOV.UK (