Chemistry Course

Age range: 11 to 16

Course length: Full-time 1 year (Part-time also available)  

Course fee: £9,250 (UK and International students)

Course Code: 2KGZ

Salary Course Code: 2KGY

Date you can apply from: October 2022

Date course starts: September 2023

Qualification: PGCE with QTS

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About the course

Our full-time programmes last for one academic year, from September to July. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be based at one of our partner schools, where you’ll learn to teach alongside expert classroom practitioners in an exciting, vibrant environment.  

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training. This will be a blended model of online and face-to-face sessions, based at one of our regional campuses closest to you. This is a school-centred, immersive programme where you will be teaching across the year, the rest of your week is spent in your school placements. 

The training sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners who will model outstanding planning, teaching and assessment to support your development as a teacher. You will have lots of opportunities to interact and learn from peers from across subjects and phases. 

  • Lesson Planning/Subject Knowledge 1
  • Behaviour for Learning: Science/Subject Knowledge 2
  • Questioning/Active AFL/Subject Knowledge 3
  • Literacy and Numeracy in Science/Subject Knowledge 4
  • Teaching for Exam Success: Assessment Objectives/Subject Knowledge 6
  • Teaching for Exam Success: Required Practicals/Subject Knowledge 6
  • A-Level Science
  • Curriculum intent, implementation and Impact/Subject Knowledge 7
  • Observing good practice
  • Engaging and Enthusing in Science

Assessment and Accreditation

  • The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the NIoT (an accredited provider), with PGCE and master’s level credits awarded in partnership with the University of Birmingham.  
  • As a trainee teacher, you will be assessed holistically against the NIoT Curriculum, across the training year in both your school-based training and Core Training. By the end of the course, this will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards as required for QTS. 

The elements that make up the holistic assessment include:
* Mentor reports
* Evidence of application in practice
* Subject and curriculum knowledge
* Completion of Intensive Training and Practice (IT&P) reflections
* Attendance and punctuality
* Professional behaviour
* Mathematics and English proficiencies
* Engagement and input in training
* Final assessment panel presentation

Course arrangements and content may be subject to change in line with training partnerships with DfE requirements.

Financial support from the government

You’ll get a bursary of £28,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

  • a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject

You do not have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you're from outside the uk.


If you are eligible for a salaried training place the programme fees will be met by the academy. Your salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales and the location of your academy.

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