Caludon Castle School Chemistry (27S7)

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

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.

Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions, based at Caludon Castle School, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching.

Topics covered include:

Understanding learning Behaviour for learning Outstanding lesson planning Using ICT to enhance learning and teaching Literacy and numeracy Questioning techniques Differentiation

There is a broad curriculum at KS3 and KS4, focussing on:

  • maintaining subject knowledge in Chemistry
  • delivering excellence in general science and specialist Chemistry lessons
  • good laboratory practice
  • planning for and setting up practical lessons
  • making the most STEM
  • inspiring learners to become tomorrow’s chemists
  • supporting literacy and numeracy in Chemistry
  • designing and supporting learning outside the classroom
  • linking Chemistry to the wider curriculum
  • post-16 Chemistry teaching

Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary or primary schools (depending on phase and potential Covid restrictions) and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with children with special educational needs.

All programmes lead to QTS and PGCE status, including the award of 90 CATS credits towards Master’s accreditation, upon meeting the assessment criteria, specified by the University of Warwick.

School placements

Successful School Direct candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 11-18) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Master’s. Practical, school-based training will take place at the lead school. The School Direct programme will involve candidates being supported in and engaged with the schools from the beginning of September 2023, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the schools and the university. High quality support will be available at all times from the schools and the university to help candidates on their journey towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners.

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.

  • Equivalency Testing. Offer a discounted rate £160 (normal price £175).
  • A Star Equivalency. Offer a special rate for The University of Warwick applicants for equivalency exams (all subjects) to be booked for £139 (normal price £165) Please contact for discount code.

Personal qualities

Applicants need to have a passion for teaching and show a sincere professional interest in working with children. Applicants need to be in good health. Applicants are required to show a commitment to their subject, as well as a desire to train in a school-based environment. They are encouraged to highlight in particular any prior teaching experience in their application.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £24,630

About the training provider

As the lead school in the Castle Phoenix Alliance, we comprise secondary and primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Applying for a School Direct place through us will guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience, either at Caludon Castle School or at one of our other successful partner schools. Caludon Castle is a very good school with an excellent record of teacher training: in 2021 – 2022, we trained over 20 potential teachers, through both the PGCE and School Direct routes, all achieving at least a ‘good’ grade by the end of their training year, with the majority being graded as outstanding. All of our trainee teachers have always been able to secure jobs in teaching by the end of their training years.

Our partner provider, The University of Warwick, confirm the Alliance is ‘outstanding’

“outstanding training provision for all trainees”

Practical, school-based training takes place at the lead school and within the Alliance. We offer placements across most subject areas. Trainees are supported by experienced Subject Mentors: experts in their academic fields.

“The feedback on placements is very positive, providing excellent training experiences for the trainees.” Director of Teacher Education, Warwick University.

School Direct programmes in schools contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for the chosen specialism.

Trainees will have a complementary experience in another secondary or primary school, immersing themselves in school life. Trainees, also, spend time gaining experience in Special Education within their own schools.

Interview process

If shortlisted for selection, applicants will be invited to an interview day, where they will be involved in a range of activities, including teaching a short lesson to students, undertaking a literacy exercise, and undergoing a panel interview. All applicants offered a place will subsequently be required to produce a clear enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service and to pass the ‘Fitness to Teach’ requirements laid down by the Department for Education, before taking up their place on the course.

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

The staff at Caludon Castle Alliance are committed to ensuring that all students and teachers develop their full potential. Therefore we aim to provide a caring and supportive environment for all of our students and staff and are committed to the active promotion of Equal Opportunities.

The school wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and 2005) and the Equality Act 2010 and the Children and Families Act 2014. We are committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students and other disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.

This Disability Statement supports the Trust’s drive towards inclusive learning.

Contact this training provider

02476 444822
Axholme Road
West Midlands

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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