CAT Teaching School
Chemistry (2DKD)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

Chemists test the quality of all sorts of products such as medicines, soaps, make-up, steel, bricks, food, plastics, fuels, water and thousands of other things. They have an important role to play in furthering our understanding of the world around us and in pioneering future advances in technology that will impact on all our lives.

The Polesworth School offers Chemistry as a one year Advanced Subsidiary qualification in Year 12 with the option to continue into Year 13 to gain an Advanced qualification. At present we follow the AQA Chemistry Syllabus. If you are not at Polesworth as your base school, if there is capacity, there may be an opportunity to experience the sixth form during a complementary placement.

Many schools are now offering Triple Science, and it is a good idea to gain a basic knowledge across all the sciences. We offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course in all three Sciences, which you can access once you have a conditional offer of a teacher training place in any route. Our SKEs are bespoke, tailored to your availability and requirements and can bring you a generous tax free Bursary whilst you train.

Interview process

Potential to Teach You should demonstrate high expectations for your pupils, be passionate about your subject and engage your pupils.

Potential to Reflect You should be able to reflect on all aspects of your planning and teaching so that you can constantly update and amend lessons accordingly to further improve your performance and delivery.

Interview Process Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate your choice of campus, staffing capacity changes and for this reason your application may also be circulated to other schools within the partnership. It may be that several schools will express interest in you. This method ensures you have an increased opportunity of a successful outcome.

You will usually be invited to interview where you will be asked to teach a 20 minute learning activity to a class of pupils. Following the learning activity, you will have an interview with the Professional Mentor and Head of Department. Some schools may ask you to take part in a Student Panel, or to undertake an activity involving students.

If all goes well, you will be told the decision and the UCAS website will be updated accordingly.

How school placements work

The major benefit of School Direct is being able to select the school in which you are going to do the majority of your training. This choice is often influenced by location and distance travelling from home.

Usually you will spend most of your time at your base school, with one day a week spent at your university (weekly with Warwick and fortnightly with Derby).

We also have a number of Alliance Days where we deliver part of your training to all trainee teachers from across the partnership.

Your complementary placement takes place after Christmas, usually during the first half of the Spring Term. This is usually set up within the partnership schools and in many cases will be a straight swap between trainees doing the same subject. All the schools within the partnership are within a 30 minute drive of The Polesworth School, which is the Lead School in the Partnership.

Trainees are also required to undertake a minimum of 5 days in a primary setting.

As well as your university mentor, you will have access to a professional mentor and subject mentor at your base school. You will have support every step of the way and will not be expected to fly solo until you feel you’re ready to do so. The expectation is that by the time you finish your course you should be teaching around 70% of a teacher’s full timetable.

You will also be required to undertake a number of written tasks set by the university that will contribute towards a Masters Degree should you wish to complete one. Also, you will be collecting evidence throughout the year to complete your personal learning portfolio which you will use to demonstrate your learning journey.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Maintenance grants are available to support living costs during the training year for Home students in England. These are available to trainees whose total household income is less than £42,600. To check eligibility and to apply visit (

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of the course.

Home students in England may be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards living costs and accommodation.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses may be available in this subject.

These courses usually bring with them generous tax free Bursaries and are available to applicants holding a conditional offer of a teacher training place.

Information on availability of these courses should be available at the end of December 2020.



Requirements Minimum degree required: Lower Second Degree Whilst we prefer a candidate with a good 2:1 degree in the subject, we would consider a good candidate with good, potential teaching skills.

GCSE A good pass in Maths and English at GCSE

Personal qualities

We are actively seeking good quality honours graduates with excellent communication skills; who have the ability to enthuse young people about their chosen subject; are able to demonstrate resilience and who are self-starters with the ability to use their initiative.

Other requirements

Whilst not a necessity, recent, relevant school experience, or experience of working with young people, is strongly encouraged. We offer Taster Days and School Experience across most subjects.

Whilst not a necessity, recent, relevant school experience, or experience of working with young people, is strongly encouraged. We offer Taster Days and School Experience across most subjects.

The successful candidate will need to satisfy the necessary safeguarding and prohibition checks and satisfy the HEI provider that they are proficient in maths and English skills prior to QTS being awarded.

About the training provider

Each of the schools in CAT Teaching School Alliance has its own distinctive character, reflecting its local community and history, but all share the same commitment to the partnership’s ethos.

Outstanding Teaching We believe strongly in the personal growth of all staff within the school and take professional development seriously.

During your initial year of training with us you will receive rigorous and regular professional development so that you can progress to being an outstanding teacher.

Our Young People We believe all young people have the potential to achieve great things. Intelligence can be developed regardless of emotional and social background, given appropriate teaching and bespoke, individualised support. They should be equipped with a crucial sense of possibility based on a well-developed self-awareness and ambition, not only for themselves but for the communities in which they live and work.

Our Values extend to how we challenge, support and work with each other. All staff (non-teaching and teaching) play a crucial role in the education of young people. We all understand how our work has a direct influence on the life chances of the young people in our care. In the same way that we all have a duty of care to them, we have a duty of care to each other and have regard for each other’s professional and personal well-being.

About the accredited body

We partner with the Centre of Teacher Education at the University of Warwick, a top-ranked university in the Midlands, graded Ofsted Outstanding.

You will be training with a school in partnership with a university where 98% of trainees find employment upon completion.

You will have a personal tutor to support you, both at the school and at the university throughout your time with us, and you will benefit from the support of a strong network of trainees throughout the alliance.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Working closely with our partner schools and with our University partners, reasonable adjustments can be put in place for students with a disability or specific learning differences, to ensure they can successfully complete their course and get the most out of their time with us.

Contact details

01827 702205
The Polesworth School, Dordon Road
B78 1QT


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Etone College
Leicester Road, Nuneaton, CV11 6AA
Yes U
Landau Forte Academy
Woodland Road, Tamworth, Staffs, B77 4FF
Yes R
Main Site
The Polesworth School, Dordon Road, Polesworth, Tamworth, B78 1QT
Yes -
Telford Priory School
Gibbons Road, Trench, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 7JR
Yes H
The Wilnecote School
Tinkers Green Road, Tamworth, Staffs, B77 5LF
Yes S

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