Applications for places on the Manchester Nexus SCITT must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Once your application has been completed, your application will be sent to Manchester Nexus SCITT for assessment and approval.

Applications will be assessed by the SCITT team before deciding whether to offer an interview. We will check to make sure that you meet our entry criteria and will look at the way in which your form has been completed.

The application process

You need to apply for a place with Manchester Nexus via the UCAS website and fulfil the following requirements:

School Experience

It is not a requirement that you have school experience prior to commencing the course. However, there are benefits for your confidence and understanding of the modern day classroom, therefore, we do recommend gaining some experience where possible.

Personal statement

You will be required to submit a personal statement expressing your reasons for applying for Teacher Training, why you want to become a teacher and how your experiences, personal skills and attributes will allow you to become an effective teacher.


You will be required to provide the names of 2 referees. One of these referees should ideally be an academic reference from your first degree university, if you graduated within the last 5 years, and one should be from a personal referee who can testify to your character, personal attributes and qualities.

DBS checks

At interview, you will be required to verify your identity, preferably from a current photographic ID. A passport or driving licence and proof of address will be suitable. *There may occasionally be exceptional reasons where none is available on the day of interview. In this case please inform us ahead of time.

You will be required to obtain a certificate for an enhanced DBS check as you will be engaging in regulated activity, if successful in your application for a training place.


It is a requirement that all entrants (Primary and Secondary phases) have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics. Additionally Primary trainees must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (Grade C) in the GCSE examination in a Science subject. These qualifications or accepted equivalency tests must be in in place before an application through UCAS is made. As this is a Post-Graduate degree, a first degree is needed to apply. For Primary this can be any degree in any subject. For Secondary this is ideally a degree in the chosen subject, however, there are subject knowledge enhancement courses available for some subjects so this isn’t always necessary.

Health and Physical capability to teach

Before final acceptance on the course, all candidates who are offered a firm or conditional place will complete and return a declaration of health questionnaire. This information will be considered by the medical adviser who will request additional information if necessary. The majority of trainees sail through this process so you shouldn’t be alarmed.

Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests

As soon as you apply to UCAS you will be given an application number. You will be required to have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before taking up your training place. Whilst you are not required to have applied and passed these tests before interview we strongly advise you to take these as soon as possible, which means you can book your skills test. We recommend you do this as soon as possible.

The Interview process

Interviews take place at Blue Coat School for Secondary applicants and at our Primary partner schools for Primary applicants. The interview panel will be made up of the Head of Recruitment, representatives from our partner schools and phase or subject specialists.

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