Inspired to Teach?

Pennine Lancashire enjoys a diverse cultural make-up, beautiful countryside and a growing local economy. With views of Pendle Hill, our partnership offers you one of the most idyllic places to complete your teacher training.

Why Train with us?

Training to teach in schools is a fantastic way to become immersed in every aspect of school life.

We are a small cluster of eight like-minded, committed Secondary Schools, who have worked together to develop comprehensive and robust training programmes. ITT students on placement at MHCC are fully supported through a well-structured professional studies programme, access to the ICT infrastructure, a networked laptop, a dedicated work room and professional library. ITT students become fully immersed in school life by their attachment to a form group and involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Our College facilities enable ITT students to be fully prepared for teaching in the 21st century by enabling them to use interactive whiteboards, creative learning spaces, lecture theatres and a large wider outdoor environment. Our new College is fully equipped with wi-fi throughout and state of the art facilities across the whole curriculum.

MHCC has supported the development of ITT students over the last 8 years this has involved a variety of placements and HEI partners. We have well established links with Edge Hill University and Cumbria University, but have also worked with Bradford College, Huddersfield University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Open University. We have hosted ITT students across the curriculum for both initial and developmental placements in PGCE courses, Undergraduate courses, GTP placements, Pre application visits, Work experience and Role shadowing.

We believe that ITT is pivotal to our College development as it encourages our staff to be reflective and progressive in their practice and as practicing teachers, our fully trained mentors are in a prominent position to help develop the teachers of the future. Our ITT mentors are supported by their HEI subject mentors, online and face to face CPD, an experienced Professional Mentor and the AHT (teaching and learning) to ensure their support of ITT students is holistic and forward looking.

Our Vision

The children and young people in our schools have a right to be taught by outstanding teachers.
It is our purpose to:

  • select trainees with the potential to be outstanding teachers
  • provide challenging and stimulating training designed to create inspirational teachers
  • focus on trainees’ personal, intellectual and professional development
  • prepare trainees for a possible role in one of the Alliance’s schools
  • lay the foundations of all our new teachers achieving a Master’s degree.

The Pennine Lancashire School Centred Initial Teacher and Education Partnership (SCITT)


The Pennine Lancashire School Centred Initial Teacher and Education Partnership (SCITT) offers Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certificate and the opportunity to gain Master’s Level Credits.

Subjects Offered: Computing, P.E with Maths or Biology, Chemistry, History, Mathematics, English, Biology

Click on the logo above for further information or contact us to receive a FREE information pack!

How to Apply

To apply for our training course, log into UCAS and search for the Pennine Lancashire SCITT or Marsden Heights Community College through the UCAS teacher training option.

Edge Hill University

Professional Skills tests

It is a requirement that you have passed your professional skills test prior to starting your training. Edge Hill University are offering free support sessions for literacy and numeracy.
To find out more or to book onto the next available session, contact the Access team on:


Telephone: 01695 657148

The Teaching Standards 2012

The Teacher Standards 2012 set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers. It is these standards that all teachers, whether trainees, newly qualified or have many years of experience adhere to. More information on these standards can be found here: