Q: Why train with SCCD?
A: We offer small classes with dedicated individual support for every trainee; part time training to suit your commitments; well equipped classrooms with equipped with Google educational technology; canteen and garden for students; guaranteed work placement (the same cannot be said for our competitors) and referral to our recruitment agency.

Q: What kind of training is right for me?
A: Our Teaching Assistant training is right for anyone with a firm grasp of English, an inquiring mind and passion for supporting the development of young people. If you have classroom experience, level 3 qualifications and/or a degree, the next step is to gain Qualified Teacher Status with the Diploma in Education and Training. Alternatively, if care is your primary interest we offer Level 3 Heath and Social Care Courses. Give us a call between 9-5, Mon-Fri to discuss your options.

Q: If I miss a class what happens?
A: If you miss a class you are free to repeat the lecture with another group of students. This is absolutely free of cost. All you need to do is request for a current timetable of anther group and join the class.

Q: Are the QTLS and QTS the same?
A: According to government legislations as of March 2012, the QTLS and the QTS are now viewed as the same qualification. They both follow the same procedure of knowledge-based and work- based elements with a specific number of workplace evidence.
This acknowledgement is part of education reform to address the needs and expertise needed for 14-19 education reform and the new mandatory school leaving age of 18.
Salaries and benefits are the same and now allows professionals with areas of expertise outside of the academia to be able to teach in compulsory education.

Q: But are schools hiring people with QTLS?
A: Yes schools, both primary and secondary are hiring holders of QTLS. From our own personal experience, almost all of our graduates are working in primary schools, secondary schools, PRUs and Sixth Form colleges.

Q: What is the training like?
A: The training is very similar in delivery to the PGCE. It covers areas of behaviour management, professional development, equality and diversity, assessment, working with 14-19 year age range and inclusion among others.

Q: What are the benefits of doing our Diploma in Education and Training over a PGCE?
A: The Diploma is completed in around 15 months and you can study alongside your full-time job. The expense is only a fraction of that of a PGCE which tends to cost over £10,000 to be qualified. When you complete the DET and gain QTS, you are ready to teach. When you complete PGCE, you spend at least 6-12 months as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) provided you can arrange your placement.

Q: How do I organise my placement?
A: Your placement is guaranteed by SCCD. We work with schools, colleges and other educational organization to match the right trainee to the right school. At SCCD a dedicated Placement Coordinator works with all trainees to get them into viable schools and colleges so that you can complete your 100 hours of teaching practice in a supportive and positive environment.