Mounts Bay Chemistry (2526)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT)
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

We run our course in partnership with Cornwall SCITT. You can access information about the course structure from their website. Our trainees follow the same course structure as they do. It gives an overview of the training year, how trainees are assessed, the PGCE expectations and much more. For each Secondary subject there are subject based training days with a specialist teacher. This is usually based in a school.

Cornwall SCITT (

School placements

Secondary - we use Mounts Bay Academy as the main placement school - based in Penzance. The website link for scitt also details the placement info.

There are very good transport links to and from the town and many people also car-share. Trainees quite often rent rooms or airbnb during the placements. We are 11-16.

We provide our Secondary trainees with a Macbook and an iPad as this is an essential part of our teaching and learning. We work with Cornwall SCITT to choose a suitable second placement school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

For Secondary your degree subject should have relevance to the subject you wish to train to teach in. For Primary any degree subjects will be considered.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Equivalency tests will be co-ordinated with Cornwall SCITT, our partners as required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We believe in investing in the growth of teachers, unlocking potential and encouraging both critical thinking and engaged, dynamic learning. We believe that teacher learning is an ongoing process, beginning with this initial training phase and continuing throughout your professional life. We are a group of schools with like-minded educational philosophies. We work together to promote leading teaching methods and cutting-edge learning services. For Secondary our main placement school is Mounts Bay Academy, an Outstanding school in Penzance. We use other good and outstanding schools for the second placement. We use a selection of good and outstanding Primary schools in and around this area to give a positive and varied experience. All our schools used experienced teachers to support their trainees and a comprehensive CPD programme of training and support. There are many wider opportunities during the training programme and we encourage people to apply who are motivated, creative, patient, confident and engaging as your enthusiasm for teaching will empower the futures of others.

Interview process

We have an interview process which we agree with our ITT Provider. We always have a formal interview with a Panel. We try where possible to include a short teaching episode in one of our partner schools. We include a tour at this time so you can see how school life is in practice.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support all candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria to participate fully in the training. Each school used for placements will have their own accessibility differences and they will work with any candidates to accommodate their needs.

Contact this training provider

01736 352321
Mounts Bay Academy
Boscathnoe Lane
TR18 3JT

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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