Version 1.0 - Last Updated: 16 Feb 2021

Creating courses

Creating an initial teacher training (ITT) course


Eligibility

Full-time students on initial teacher training (ITT) courses can attract the full-time package of support. Part-time students can attract the Part-time Tuition Fee Loan. If the part-time course is a level 6 or 7, students are also eligible for a Part-time Maintenance Loan.

Courses under the School Direct training programme can be salaried or unsalaried. Only students on the unsalaried route, or those in a voluntary role, are eligible for student finance. As this is a student attribute rather than a course attribute, you do not need to capture this at course level. However, you should tell your students who are receiving a salary not to apply for student finance for these courses.

You can find out more about the eligibility of ITT courses in the 'Assessing eligibility guidance' chapters on the SFE Practitioners website.

 

Adding an initial teacher training (ITT) course

If all students on your School Direct training programme are receiving a salary, you should not add the course to CMS.

If some of your students are salaried and some are in unsalaried or voluntary roles, you should add the course to CMS. Any students receiving a teaching salary should not apply for student finance.

If you are recruiting students who intend to teach in the further education (FE) sector, you should include 'lifelong learning', in brackets, in the course name.

You must select the correct qualification for your course. The available qualifications for ITT courses are:

  • Bachelor’s degree with QTS
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours with QTS
  • Certificate in Education
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma in Education and Training
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DET)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate ITT with QTS

From AY 2020/21, there are 3 new qualification options:

  • Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

If you have courses set up with the qualification Postgraduate ITT with QTS, you should use the available course years function to begin phasing out these courses from AY 2020/21. You should also set up a new course to phase in. You should use one of the new qualifications that fits the qualification the students receive at the end of their course.

If you are a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, you do not need to change your Postgraduate ITT with QTS courses, unless one of the new qualifications is a better match for the qualification your students receive.


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