Selection and Application Process        


Selection criteria and procedures

• Normally have a relevant good degree of a UK HE institution in National Curriculum core or foundation subject (other degrees and overseas qualifications with appropriate content will be considered alongside relevant experience);
• Appropriate ‘A’ level or equivalent qualifications;
• Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE Mathematics and English;
• Confidence in using appropriate ICT skills;
• Completion of Professional Skills Tests in Literacy & Numeracy (Please note that ONLY three applications to pass the skills tests can be made within a two year period);
• Overseas applicants must supply NARIC equivalency evidence of qualifications;
• Minimum of ten days school placement experience before commencing course with headteachers reference.  School experience should be a continuous period of at least 5 days in one school;
• Ability to travel between different training locations within the partnership schools;
• A completed self-declaration health questionnaire – applicants may be required to undertake a medical examination arranged by the Occupational Health Unit of Hampshire County Council;
• Attendance of induction days prior to course start date.
• Dove House School Academy as the BASCITT Lead School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and trainees to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Skills Tests

  • Skills tests are a course pre-requisite, any offer of a placement is conditional on passing both the Literacy and Numeracy tests prior to course commencement.  Please note that ONLY three applications to pass the skills tests can be made within a two year period.
  • Candidates can book with Learndirect for tests to be taken.  Tests can be booked via the NCTL skills test registration page or by phoning 0300 303 9613.  Further details are also available on NCTL skills test pages.
  • Updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test are available and can be accessed via NCTL skills test pages.


Application Process

From September 2016, trainees will use the UCAS - Teacher Training application system which will handle applications for School Direct and mainstream routes, providing a single admission process for postgraduate ITT.  If you wish to apply for a School Direct, Salaried or Non-Salaried (Tuition) course then please enter Dove House on the search for courses.  If you wish to apply for Core Training then please enter Basingstoke SCITT, it is the same provider.

The scheme will open for applications for courses starting in 2017 on 18th October 2016 for Apply 1 and 9th November 2016 for Apply 2, following the NCTL allocations in October.  To access the UCAS website CLICK HERE.

There are two stages:

• Applicants will be able make three choices in Apply 1 (the initial application stage), which will be processed simultaneously. 
• If unsuccessful the applicant can move into Apply 2, where they can apply for any course that has vacancies – at this point they will apply for courses sequentially.
• There will be a 40 working day window for all providers from the time the application is submitted to offering a place, which will be enforced by the system.
• Applicants will have the facility to withdraw from individual choices through Apply 1 and Apply 2.
• A portal provides information, advice and guidance to the applicants about the various routes into ITT.
• All providers will be able to close and re-open courses during the application cycle.

Equality and Diversity

The staff and Governors of the Basingstoke Alliance SCITT together with the lead school Dove House School Academy ensure that equality of opportunity is available to all members of the BASCITT and school community.  The means not simply treating everybody the same but; understanding and tackling the difference barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes for different groups of pupils in school;  celebrating and valuing the equal opportunity achievements and strengths of all members of the BASCITT and school community (refer to policies).