Am I eligible to train with Pioneers Partnership SCITT?

All applicants must have a degree from a UK Higher Education Institute or equivalent prior to the start of the course. You will also need at least a Grade C (grade 4 or above) in English and Maths GCSE or equivalent. Primary applicants will also need at least a Grade C (Grade 4 or above) in Science.  Secondary applicants may be asked to enrol on Subject Knowledge Enhancement before you begin your training.

More information about these can be found here.

During the course all trainees complete competency tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Pioneers Partnership pays regard to the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance when carrying out our duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We ensure all trainees have been subject to appropriate pre-selection checks. This includes obtaining and considering Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

A DBS Enhanced Disclosure check (previously known as a CRB check) is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses where trainees may be placed in a position of trust working with children and/or vulnerable adults.  The DBS Service will carry out a check to confirm whether you have any criminal convictions, cautions or reprimands registered against you and you will not be able to start your teacher or early years training until we have received confirmation of your DBS clearance.

We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to train to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.  Therefore you will be required to complete an Fitness questionnaire to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the Pioneers Partnership.

People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to train to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to train to teach.


All applications are made through ‘DfE Apply’. The first application window opens in October each year. Exact dates will be posted on our website and social media accounts to help you know when to apply.

We will be looking to recruit early in the cycle so we can prepare trainees as early as possible for the start of the course.