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Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) Chemistry (292Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You can choose to train to be a teacher of Chemistry with the Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) by age range and/or location.

  • Secondary level (11-16 yrs) courses are available based at either the main site in Preston (location code - ) or at our Blackburn hub (location code M).
  • Secondary with post 16 (14-19 yrs) course is available at our Cardinal Newman hub in Preston (location code 4).

Select the correct location code for your chosen course.

In line with the ITT core content framework, your teacher training with the Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the PGCE award. The PGCE carries 60 credits at Masters Level which could later contribute towards a Master’s Degree in Education (180 credits). Our programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. Alongside school based training, you will also undertake two 30-credit masters level modules, to gain a PGCE. These modules are taught by the University of Cumbria lecturers, who work closely with our school direct programme team, to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.

As a summary, your PGCE course will include

  • 2 separate placements in contrasting schools/colleges
  • 12 Pedagogy for Learning (PfL) days when you will have the opportunity to specialise and enhance your subject knowledge and pedagogy in your own subject area. These will take place mainly at the University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus and are spread over the year.
  • A block of training days before the start of each placement and once a week during the first term, delivered by experienced professionals, the majority of whom are outstanding practitioners in our alliance schools and colleges.
  • Two modules connected to the PGCE that are assessed by the submission of four written assignments, spread throughout the year, on teaching and learning in your subject and wider educational issues.

Training days, other than PfL days, will be delivered either at your principal campus, or at alliance providers in that area. Following current guidelines, we are delivering a ‘blended approach’ to learning, which combines ‘face to face’ sessions with opportunities for remote learning.

School placements

  • On secondary (11-16 yrs) courses you will usually have two contrasting school placements, both in Catholic schools.

Placement 1 (September to December) Initial Experience Phase: Monday - Thursday. Three weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 7 hours per week in Key Stage 3 classes.

Placement 2 (January to June) Sustained Enactment Phase: Monday - Friday. Two weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 12 hours per week in Key Stage 3 and GCSE classes.

  • On secondary with post 16 (14-19 yrs) courses you will have two contrasting placements, one in a secondary school and one in post 16 provider (sixth form). At least one placement will be in a Catholic establishment.

Placement 1 (September to December) Initial Experience Phase: Monday - Thursday. Three weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 7 hours per week.

Placement 2 (January to June) Sustained Enactment Phase: Monday - Friday. Two weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 12 hours per week.

Throughout your placements you will have the support and guidance of trained mentors at your placement provider, together with alliance and university colleagues, to meet the standards for QTS.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Catholic Teaching Alliance Blackburn Hub
Green Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4SR
Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Hub
Cardinal Newman College, Larkhill Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4HD
Catholic Teaching Alliance Preston Main Site
St Anthony’s Drive, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3SQ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum requirements -

  • Degree (Class 2.2 or higher)
  • English and Mathematics at GCSE level at Grade ‘C’ or above, or equivalent.

Additional information for secondary courses: Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge.

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement, SKE, courses are available in most subjects.

Additional information for secondary with post 16 courses: Desirable - your degree is in the subject you wish to teach Desirable - that you have an A level, at least grade C, in that subject.

Personal qualities

Passion, professionalism and purpose.

We are looking for people who have an ability to inspire others, a passion to transform young lives and a willingness to learn the profession of teaching from outstanding practitioners.

Inspire others, transform lives, teach.

Other requirements

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.

We strongly recommend that you obtain some secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

‘Aspirational training to achieve inspirational teachers with pupils’ learning and well-being at the heart of our partnership’

Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012 and a National Teaching School from 2014. School Direct placements across the partnership ensure that trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. We use the best qualified staff with existing expertise to deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.

We can offer support and guidance with your application at our frequent ‘Drop - in’ information sessions.

About the accredited body

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) in Secondary and General Primary Education Programme offers an opportunity to receive inspirational training. This full time course enables students to focus on their specialist area or subject whilst, at the same time, helping them to understand and participate in the wider aspects of school. As it is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, it entails work at Masters Level (level 7). This recognises the high levels achieved by students on this Programme and rewards this with Masters-level credits. ‘Pedagogy for Learning’ days are based at the Lancaster campus or at our training centre in Preston.

Interview process

On the interview day we want you to demonstrate strong subject knowledge, display a passion for your subject, develop a positive rapport with pupils and have the ability to inspire learners.

The key parts of the interview day are:

  • A twenty-minute mini -teach. We will let you know the topic beforehand and you will teach a small group of pupils.
  • Written tasks. The first is based upon the importance of managing behaviour; you will have chance to prepare this in advance. The other is a subject knowledge audit, i.e., questions on your chosen subject area.
  • Face to face interview with staff from the Catholic Teaching Alliance.

Due to the current restrictions, we will be holding remote interviews, via Teams. You will still be required to complete the two written tasks, however the mini teach will be an opportunity to teach and explain your lesson to the interview panel. We will provide more structured information nearer the time of interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so is accessible at a distance. Library and Student Services (LiSS) at the University of Cumbria supports your learning, teaching and research needs by providing pro-active, academically focused services, innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. LiSS is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, enhancement and information, academic skills development, student health and wellbeing, disability services and student development. For more details please refer to

Contact this training provider

01772 326931
Catholic Teaching Alliance (North)
St Anthony's Drive

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021