The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub Chemistry (262L)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Derby
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 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This programme aims to develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative.

The Secondary Initial Teacher Education Programme (School Direct) at the university has been designed to be both academic and vocational and provides challenging expectations of you as a beginning teacher - to create a teaching and learning environment which will engage your pupils’ interest and motivation. The broad aims of the programme curriculum are to:

  • Develop your subject knowledge and teach you how to put that knowledge into practice (pedagogy)
  • Enable you to become a highly motivated, outstanding effective, creative and reflective practitioner
  • Develop in you a commitment to and enthusiasm for continuing professional and personal development;
  • Provide you with sufficient information, experience and opportunity in order that you might achieve the Teacher Standards to enable you to be recommended for QTS and gain your PGCE with 60 masters credits.

School placements

Your personalised School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant in-school training. You will be given the opportunity to spend the majority of your time on ‘teaching practice’ at a range of high quality school placements from across our consortium, as the idea behind School Direct is that you spend the majority of your time during your training year in school, ‘learning on the job’. We currently work with over 16 partner secondary and primary schools across Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by the Hub and its consortium schools and our HEI partner. In school, you will be supported by a dedicated and trained mentor, as well as a professional tutor, who are school-based experienced staff. You will also have University-based tutors and a designated ITT Coordinator for the Hub, who will all support you throughout your training year.

Training through our consortium will also provide you with opportunities to develop your educational and professional studies through Hub-based sessions that include:

  • Practical Behaviour Management
  • How Children Learn
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • Questioning and Communication
  • SEND provision and its application in the classroom
  • Subject-specific sessions personalised to your cohort (KS3, 4 and 5 plus a session on planning schemes of learning)
  • How to prepare for the ECT year
  • Roles and responsibilities/Progression opportunities in schools

Your training lasts for one academic year (September-July) and consists of two placements - you will attend your main placement from September to Christmas and the second placement from January until just after February half-term. You will return to your main placement from then until the end of the programme in July. There are also two Enhanced Placement Opportunity weeks within the programme, whereby you will spend one week engaging with opportunities to enhance your understanding of Inclusivity and Diversity and one week in a setting of your choice (this could be a special school, a PRU or any other relevant setting or activity).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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.

The equivalency tests must be recognised by the University of Derby via the DfE (there is a specific list of accepted tests). The University/TSH will not fund any test/s (for example, Maths GCSE) needed to start the School Direct course.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented, hardworking candidates who have the qualities and personal skills suited to a career in teaching alongside the drive and ambition to make it happen. Qualities we are looking for include:

  • A friendly and approachable manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization and time management
  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • A passion for your subject, drive and enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Imagination and the ability to be innovative
  • Evaluative nature being able to reflect on your performance
  • Leadership
  • A commitment to learning

Other requirements

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded. To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Please note, it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We are a consortium of secondary and primary schools across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Through our links with our university partners, we offer an innovative approach to your development as a teacher; a number of our school based colleagues lead sessions at the University, enabling you to benefit from the strengths that both the university and our schools bring to your teacher education programme. All our schools share our vision to develop exceptional teachers who are effective, caring, critical and creative. We seek to develop your talents and attributes in relation to secondary pedagogy. This will enable you to not only meet the competencies required by the Teacher’s Standards, but to exceed them. The Golden Thread TSH Consortium of schools is part of the wider University partnership of secondary schools comprises a mixture of faith schools (Catholic and Church of England), as well as local authority and academy settings. You will be able to benefit from placements in 2 school settings; each providing a contrasting experience. Whilst on placement we will support you in offering children a broad and balanced curriculum, one that both engages and excites them. It is a privilege for us to be working in a diverse region with exceptional teachers. We respect the cultures and backgrounds of the young people in our settings. In particular, we value the transformative role that a high quality secondary educational experience has, it enables young people to become informed, empowered and engaged and improving the outcomes for all.

Interview process

As a Teaching School Hub, we work together with our partner university in order to shortlist suitable candidates. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview process usually includes a short lesson observation with a KS3 class, a brief outline of the programme, a written task and an individual interview with the ITT Coordinator for the Teaching School Hub plus a subject specialist. The purpose of the written task is to ascertain that you are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English, and also reflect upon your subject knowledge for teaching. There will also be a short Maths test. Both of these activities allow your literacy and numeracy skills to be assessed through the Hub in line with the DfE’s requirements.

It would help you to prepare for your interview if you did some background reading, especially around curriculum and behaviour management. If Covid restrictions are in place, you will have a virtual interview - the expectations of which would be communicated to you at that time.

Use your personal statement to tell us why you wish to become a teacher. You should also tell us about your experience within schools and what insights you have gained into high quality teaching and learning. You should refer to any reading you have undertaken to prepare for a career in teaching, indicating what you have learnt from this. If you already have links with a supporting school, please include this within your statement.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at appropriate schools.

Contact this training provider

01538 493777
Painsley Catholic College - Sixth Form
Attlee Road
ST10 1LL

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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