Bishop’s Stortford Education Trust (BSET) SCITT Chemistry (383R)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Bishop’s Stortford SCITT
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course is offered as salaried route into teaching.

Salaried Trainees will teach a partial timetable from the beginning of the course, approx. 10 lessons per week.

You will observe and teach across key stages 3 and 4, including experience of pupils in years 7 and 11.

Trainees will work in their placement school Monday- Wednesday and Fridays. Thursdays are training days where Trainees will join the other SCITT Trainees at Leventhorpe and occasionally one of our Partner Schools.

During the training year Trainees will complete two assignments. The first focuses on the skills of medium term planning. It requires Trainees to focus on the needs of their pupils and the way sequences of lessons need to be planned and evaluated for pupils to make the best possible progress. The second assignment focuses on the skills of action research and requires Trainees to think about the needs of different groups of pupils within the classroom and how they might respond in different ways to learning activities.

Assessment of Trainees against the QTS Teachers’ Standards will be overseen by the Training Manager, who will be supported by quality assurance through the External Moderator.

Judgement and moderation will take place in late June of the training year. The External Moderator will attend Leventhorpe and visit some Trainees in their placement schools to observe the teaching of the standardisation sample of Trainees.

Trainees must meet the Teacher Standards as a minimum expectation. There will be a number of sources of evidence used to assess Trainees against the Teachers’ Standards. These will be: Trainee Teaching Portfolio, lesson observation records and accompanying Professional Learning Conversations, the academic assignments and school placement assessments (completed each term by the Teacher Mentor and Professional Tutor), as well as the Subject Mentor and Professional Studies Assessments.

If you would like any further details or information, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please contact Liz Smith on 01279 603 104

School placements

Salaried Trainees spend the majority of their time at their Employing School, with only 6 weeks being spent in the Spring Term at their second placement school.

Both Primary and Secondary Trainees must gain experience in two consecutive age ranges:

  • Primary Trainees on the age 5-11 programme should have experience (teaching and observing) of Years 1 to 6 (Key Stages 1 and 2).
  • For Secondary Trainees this depends on the age range applicable to the subject in which they are training to teach. For those subjects in the secondary age range 11-16, Trainees will teach across Key Stages 3 and 4, Year 7-11. For those subjects in the secondary age range 14-19, Trainees will teach across Key Stages 4 and 5, Years 10-13). In addition, trainees may be given the opportunity to teach outside of the age ranges for which they are being trained.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in chemistry or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

Personal qualities

We wish to recruit people from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, whether you are straight out of university or a career changer.

A genuine enjoyment of working with young people and a keen interest in making a difference to their life chances is essential.

Other requirements

At BSET safeguarding of children is our first concern and so in addition to DBS checks we reserve the right to make additional checks of former employers.

We do not make school experience a condition for application but it is a good idea if you have a good understanding of the school setting and knowledge of curriculum.

Experience of working in a school or with young people is an advantage but not essential.


Salaried trainees are paid on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale which starts from £19,363 (Once qualified the minimum starting salary for a qualified teacher is £26,948.)

Training Fees are paid by the Trainee’s Employing School.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

We are a partnership of schools in the Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Harlow area who collaborate to provide teacher training for graduates who would like to teach in either the primary or secondary schools.

Our aim is to spot and nurture the outstanding teachers of the future, giving them the best possible training and support in their early career. Our training is led exclusively by serving practitioners in our family of schools and training takes place entirely in school settings.

We offer training in a wide range of secondary school subjects and primary age groups leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our training pathways are tailor made, with salaried and fee-paying options to gain QTS and the possibility of gaining experience in a second subject area to improve employability.

You can depend on the best support in BSET schools. Training is hard work and you will need the support of an excellent mentor. All of our Teacher and Subject Mentors are excellent practitioners and they are very experienced as we are used to working with over fifty teacher trainees every year.

You will also get to work with fantastic, positive young people - our area is culturally diverse and educational aspirations are high amongst young people and their parents. Our BSET placement schools are some of the highest achieving in the country.

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Interview process

We have a rigorous recruitment and selection process. Salaried applicants will be interviewed by the Employing School and then, if successful, by the SCITT Training Manager to ensure suitability for the Teacher Training Programme.

It is likely that the candidates will be required to:

  • Deliver a lesson on an engaging aspect of their subject.
  • Attend a panel interview.
  • Complete a written literacy and numeracy task.
  • Take part in a student interview panel.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our SCITT welcomes all with out prejudice and as such caters for a wide range of trainee disability. The SCITT recognises it has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to prevent a disabled person from being placed at a substantial disadvantage by any physical feature of the premises, or by any provision, criterion or practice of the school. Provision is made through occupational health referral for Trainees who need additional support.

Contact this training provider

01279 603 104
Leventhorpe School
Cambridge Road
CM21 9BY

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online 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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