St Edward’s College Teaching Partnership Chemistry (E143)

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

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course is offered in collaboration with Edge Hill University and aims to provide the foundations for a successful career in education.

St Edward’s College would be your main placement school spending the majority of the academic year with us as the lead school in the partnership. A shorter 6 week placement will take place in one of our partner schools

Edge Hill University will support you through a mixture of professional and ‘Pedagogy for Learning’ days at both the University and at St Edward’s.

At St Edward’s you will receive both general and subject specific support.

Bi-weekly training sessions led by a range of experts focusing on the key elements to becoming an expert classroom practitioner.

Bi-weekly sessions will be delivered by your subject mentor providing you with the core knowledge of your subject’s curriculum.

School placements

The main placement school, St Edward’s College, is a Catholic Academy and part of the Edmund Rice family of schools. The College selects 20% of its pupils on the basis of musical aptitude, and is the choir school to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The remaining places are offered to young people of all abilities who want to experience a traditional, academic curriculum within an explicitly Catholic culture.

In short, St Edward’s College is a highly successful school in which young people are challenged and supported in equal measure. With excellent examination results and very high standards in music and sport, it is one of the foremost Catholic schools in England.

Your 6 week placement will take place in one of our partner schools with a range of diversity and so can be tailored to the needs of the trainee. We are partner with,Catholic and non Catholic schools, a mixture of comprehensive and grimmer schools, as well as mixed, boys and girls schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject is preferred. Other subjects may be considered if you have a relevant A Level (or equivalent qualification) and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If you are applying and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry, one of Edge Hill University’s equivalency test programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

Edge Hill offer tutor-led revision courses or standalone tests for applicants who feel they do not need tuition.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit the standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

Personal qualities

What we are looking for in a candidate:

  • Passion in their subject and wants to help transform the lives of children.

  • Excellent organisational skills, punctuality and attendance.

  • Some work experience in a school setting.

  • A belief in St Edward’s College motto “make a positive difference” and strives to achieve this.

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

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

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

Financial support information for international students can be found here.

Financial support from the training provider

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE and PGDE students.

You can also make the most of your student experience and take advantage of career enhancing opportunities by applying for financial support from our Student Opportunity Fund.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit our website.

Interview process

Candidates who meet the criteria will be invited by email to attend a one-day selection process at St Edward’s College giving candidates the opportunity to show their potential for this course. There will be a number of activities to be undertaken on the day:

Deliver a 5 minute presentation to the interview panel on an area of your subject you are passionate about

Prepare a 20 minute lesson for a small group tutorial

Formal interview.

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)

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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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