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

School Experience?

It is not a requirement that you have school experience. However, candidates have reported that they find it beneficial. You may find that it can have a positive impact on your confidence and your understanding of the modern classroom.

At Manchester Nexus SCITT we hold Teacher Taster Days which are one-day events to help you gain experience in a school and learn more about what we do. Please see our events page to learn more.

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. Normally, the required degree will be of a 2.2 level or above, however, we would encourage you to contact us directly if you would like to apply and you have a 3rd. For Primary this can be any degree in any subject. For Secondary this is ideally a degree 50% related to your chosen subject, however, there are subject knowledge enhancement courses available for some subjects. We can also work with you to develop your Subject Knowledge prior to September and throughout the training year. Therefore, we still encourage you to apply regardless of your degree subject.

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.

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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