Notre Dame High School, Norwich Chemistry (2587)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT
Financial support

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

As a Secondary School Centred Initial Teacher Training Salaried trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the academic year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers. Former trainees identify this as a particular strength: ‘On the job training is the best way to find out what works in practice’.

Secondary SCITT Salaried trainees receive core and subject knowledge training one day per week (a Friday) throughout the training period from September to June.

On this course you will achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters’ credits and Qualified Teacher Status. To achieve QTS, you will be assessed against all parts of the Teachers’ Standards as you accumulate evidence across the ten month training programme. Additionally, to gain your PGCE there are three Masters’ level assignments to write during your training that help to link theory to the practice of what you are teaching in the classroom.

In collaboration with our partnership schools, development of a trainee’s subject knowledge is a key feature of our training programme, and we create many opportunities for trainees to develop their subject knowledge. Not only in school from your school-based mentors but also from our subject knowledge trainers the majority of whom are practising teachers. They will share their extensive knowledge and expertise about how to teach their subject to secondary school students. All this information about venues and dates of training for the whole year will be provided to you at induction at the end of August so you can make the appropriate travel arrangements. Centre based training is delivered by a range of classroom practitioners and experts in specific areas e.g. SEND, headteachers and local and national consultants. Your first placement is in one school for the autumn term; six weeks of spring term is at a second school and you return to the first placement school for the remainder until the end of June. This placement structure provides a breadth of experiences to help inform your choice of the type of school you wish to work in as an Early Career Teacher. As part of our commitment to you, we will provide you with your own copies of a number of books by educationalists such as Tom Sherrington which will help to understand the evidence-based approach to teaching and learning.

School placements

On the salaried programme you must have the support of a school who can offer you a placement in a subject we offer and meet the contributions to your salary at the time of application. In partnership with Secondary SCITT we will ensure you have a high-quality school placement arranged.

Most trainees train in subjects within the 11-16 age range but there is also the opportunity to train in the 14-19 age phase in specific subjects.

During each school placement you will work alongside a school based subject mentor who will be based in your department and will help to support and develop your teaching expertise in the classroom. In addition, you will also have a SCITT Tutor who will visit you in school and help to guide you with your teaching but also provide extensive pastoral support where needed. With your SCITT Tutors, you will have regular email contact so a close working relationship can be built to help support you during your training year.

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.

We do not offer equivalency tests.

Visit or Equivalency Testing for more information.

Personal qualities

Successful trainees have a passion for their subject which they wish to pass onto students. Trainees should be motivated, well-organised and demonstrate resilience. Trainees should be reflective, able to take and respond positively to feedback about their progress during their training year and value being part of a team. We are looking for trainees who share our commitment that students in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality.

Other requirements

  • Confirmation of clear enhanced DBS check before you start the course.

  • Meet the ‘Fit to Teach’ criteria.

  • Supporting school who can offer you a placement


To be eligible for a place on the Salaried course you must have the support of a school who is willing to make contributions towards your salary.

As a guide towards your salary, trainees are paid full-time on point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale.

Salaries will vary depending on which subject you are training in, number of hours taught and the length of your contract and this will be arranged by your placement school.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Notre Dame High School, a high-achieving Catholic school in Norfolk in partnership with the Suffolk & Norfolk Secondary SCITT Tuition PGCE programme, has an excellent local reputation for providing training of the highest quality.

We are a large high school & sixth form, which can offer a range of subjects, with a very special, warm and welcoming ethos, which is recognised by all who visit.

Interview process

After your application is shortlisted by the SCITT and Lead School team, you will be invited to a formal interview by SCITT. The interview will consist of questions by an interview panel and a subject knowledge task. If successful at the SCITT interview, you will be invited to the final part of the process known as a Task Session which will last approximately two hours. You will complete group activities with other trainees and complete a couple of written tasks.

If you are successful after the SCITT Task Session and have attended an interview at a school, then you will be made an offer which is agreed by the Lead School and Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT as the training provider.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs. All successful application complete a ‘Fit to Teach’ screening process managed by our occupational health provider. This will make us aware of any specific adaptations that you may require in order to be successful in your training year.

We have a highly developed programme to support trainee well-being. We know that teaching can be stressful (as it can be rewarding) and our aim is to get the right balance of skills knowing that the skills and tools you will gain will help support your wellbeing and mental health throughout your training and into your career as a teacher

Please contact us to discuss any access requirements.

Contact this training provider

Notre Dame High School
Surrey Street

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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