St. James’s Teaching School Partnership
Chemistry (C103)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

St James’s Teaching Partnership working in collaboration with e-Qualitas to provide this ITT course which is school-based, involving a blend of school-led training, independent study and training provided by e-Qualitas.

The training modules cover:

  • planning learning;
  • managing pupils’ behaviour;
  • assessing learning;
  • learning for all including high-attainers, EAL, those with special educational needs;
  • overcoming barriers to learning;
  • the organisation of the curriculum and cross-curricular issues;
  • effective teaching of the subject.

There are two assignments: one on learning for all and one on effective subject teaching.

Our trainees spend most of their time in school. They move from co-teaching with experienced staff to independent teaching (with support and advice from other teachers). Most trainees are teaching about a 50% timetable by a third of the way through their course, rising to 60% in the middle term, and rising again in the final term.

A 6-week placement in a contrasting school usually takes place in the middle of the training period which will be arranged with one of our Partnership Schools.

Trainees attend about 10 training days with e-Qualitas (location to be determined). There is a comprehensive on-line library to support independent study, and pro-forma that can be used for lesson planning, observations, structure evaluative writing etc. A tutor from e-Qualitas visits for a whole day each half term.

Assessment is on-going, with self-assessment, 5-weekly assessment points for the in-school trainers’ assessments and feedback, and tutor assessments. The final assessment for QTS is verified by an eQualitas tutor who has not been previously involved in the trainee’s training.

Interview process

Our interview process will be supported by staff from our Partnership Schools and will consist of:

  • Written task
  • Producing a lesson plan and resources
  • Formal interview

We endeavour to inform applicants of the outcome either on the day of their interview or the following day

How school placements work

Each Partnership school has unique qualities and these are shared with the cohort whichever school apprentices are based in for placements. With our Programme, apprentices will start their journey into teaching by coming into school on the first day of term in September and immediately feel like part of the school.

A 6-week placement in a contrasting school usually takes place in the middle of the training period which will be arranged with one of our Partnership Schools

Apprentices will be placed in schools where the department is strong and the subject mentor is excellent, to allow the best possible learning journey. This is designed to enhance and extend your knowledge of different teaching contexts, and of how pupils respond in different environments.

Placements will be in our Partner Schools across Bolton and the surrounding areas.


This is a salaried position and apprentices will be appointed on the unqualified teacher scale.

Financial support is not available as the position comes with a salary.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



GCSE grade C/4 or better in English and maths (equivalency tests accepted from ITT Institutions, these can be pending at the time of application).

A bachelor’s degree in the subject applying to train in, or a closely related subject (2:1 or 2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent)

Personal qualities

The e-Qualitas course suits people who are independent learners and self-motivated. Who are reflective and analytical, have really good inter-personal skills and who want to make a difference to children and young people. We are looking to recruit outstanding apprentices who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities

  • Passion and knowledge in your subject area
  • Ability to work as part of a team and maintain appropriate relationships
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities

Other requirements

Relevant work experience is helpful because it puts the applicant into a stronger position at the start of the training period.

DBS checks have to be passed and referees should endorse the applicant’s capacity to become a successful teacher.

Copies of the originals of all the applicant’s qualification certificates are held by e-Qualitas, together with ID documents (passport; photo driving licence or two utility bills or similar from within the last 3 months, showing the applicant’s name and address).

About the training provider

The St James’s Teaching Partnership is focused on providing all pupils the opportunity to access high quality teaching and learning to help them reach their full potential. We want to be the inspiration that drives them to achieve their dreams. With this in mind we are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

‘Train, Teach, Lead’

Your Career in Education Starts with us: Our School Direct programme is bespoke to each individual trainee and your teacher training journey. Our Teaching Apprenticeship programme allows you to train whilst earning a salary. But it doesn’t end there. As a National Teaching School we track your career once you qualify and support you throughout your professional development for years after you gain QTS. We have a vast CPD programme which we encourage all trainees to access during your training year. Our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers, middle and senior leaders, should they wish to follow this career path.

Our partnership is made up of a wide variety of schools including both faith and non-faith schools. Currently there are 27 schools in our partnership and are all based in Bolton and Bury. Head Teachers in the local areas are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and we work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this. We are proud to have four OUTSTANDING schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

About the accredited body

Our Teaching Apprenticeships are run in collaboration with e-Qualitas. e-Qualitas has an extensive on-line library and provides training days to complement the in-school training along with an individual training plan. Trainees are assessed every five weeks, which ensures that they know what they have done well, and what to focus on next. Each trainee has a visiting tutor from e-Qualitas who is a secondary subject specialist. Tutors visit their trainees for a full day each half term. These visits include two lesson observations of the trainee, feedback on strengths and development points, and a check on progress overall.

Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability or special needs please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and how these can be met. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools where access is high quality.

Contact details

01204 333000
Lucas Road


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