Woolwich Poly Chemistry (26LG)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Bromley Schools Collegiate
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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Every child deserves to be taught by excellent teachers. Bromley Schools’ Collegiate are committed to train and develop of the next generation of career teachers.

  • Secondary Trainees spend Monday to Friday in their placement school with training taking place each Wednesday afternoon, at the Bromley Schools’ Collegiate training suite. This is based at Hayes. Secondary School, West Common Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7DB.

  • The programme has been developed to deepen trainee’s use of research informed practice.

  • Trainees will receive high quality training from experienced facilitators, many who are drawn from our partnership schools, providing real-life context to the training.

  • Trainees will gain a strong understanding of how to meet the needs of all pupils through our curriculum based on caring for the whole child.

  • Right from the start of the course, trainees will be taught to develop critically reflective practice.

  • Subject Specific expertise will be developed and strengthened through the robust training programme.

  • Trainees are assessed throughout their placements by experienced leaders with a focus on making them career ready The training course runs from September to July. To meet the ITT criteria trainees must have experience of whole class teaching in two school settings. Placement 2 is arranged for Spring term 1 (up to 6 weeks) January to February.

  • Qualification achieved is QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) before becoming an ECT (Early Career Teacher) Secondary Science trainees are expected to train to teach in their first subject up to and including A level and the other two sciences up to and including GCSE.

School placements

Much consideration is given to placements. Each trainee must undertake 2 school placements to gain contrasting experience of teaching. Trainees on the School Direct Salaried programme will be in the school they are employed by. Their contrasting placement school will take place in January and February - Spring term 1. Trainees will be mentored and coached by experienced practitioners. You will be supported by expert practitioners throughout the training course . Placements will be at the schools in the Woolwich PolyMat where possible. If this is not possible, arrangements are made where capacity is available to meet the needs of the trainee.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Bromley Schools’ Collegiate will offer candidates equivalency tests at no cost to them. These must be taken and passed before the start of the training course. If a candidate is awaiting results, they may be asked to take an equivalency test with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate. Third party Equivalency tests will not be accepted. All education Certificates must be verified by the school and the provider before the start of the course. Identification will be asked for in advance as to UK residency confirmation.

Personal qualities

We welcome applications from candidates who are passionate about their subject and who want to be that teacher who can make a difference to student’s learning.

Other requirements

We will undertake DBS (criminal record checks) and health checks before the start of the course. Candidates will be asked to provide complete CVs which reflects their full work history. Candidates are not expected to have experience in schools before the start of the course.


Salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Woolwich PolyMat are committed to providing an outstanding education to all children, of all ages in Thamesmead (South London) and the surrounding areas with a relentless focus on ensuring that our students achieve the very best outcomes in the pursuit of our vision ‘Success for Everyone’.

The Trust is dedicated to meeting the needs of the young people within our community and supporting all stakeholders in that endevour. We believe in developing all within the PolyMAT community to become the best that they can; striving to co-ordinate the personal social and academic development of our young people to become well balanced young adults.

We believe that partnership, collaboration and school to school support will make all schools in the MAT not only outstanding but exceptional!

We welcome applications who are ready to make a difference to lives of young people in the community. We are proud to partner with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate as our accredited provider who provide the training programme and assessment.

Our partnership consists of Woolwich Poly School for Boys,Hutchins Road, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AT and Woolwich Poly School for Girls 1 Birchdene Dr, London SE28 8SP (established 2019).

About the accredited body

Bromley Schools’ Collegiate is a well established provider of initial teacher training with over 25 years experience. During this time have trained over 1500 teachers.

At the end of their training, trainees say they feel supported on their journey through their training year and prepared as they become Early Career Teachers (ECT) .

  • The programme has been developed to deepen trainee’s use of research informed practice.

  • Trainees will receive high quality training from experienced facilitators, many who are drawn from partnership schools, providing real-life context to the training.

Interview process

Successful applications will be invited for interview. We try to give as much notice as possible, however this may be within a week of receiving your application. The interview will be to assess your suitability for teaching and Curriculum knowledge for your chosen subject. As part of the selection process, we require you to prepare a short 4 minute presentation to be delivered to the interview panel. Which should be delivered orally without powerpoint or any other electronic aid. After which you will be have a formal interview with senior management / headteacher.

You will also be asked to complete a timed written task which will be assessed as part of the selection process. Please do not worry about the content it is to see your use of grammar etc.

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

Together with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate Woolwich PolyMat are inclusive schools. Access to Employment Assistance Programme for confidential support is available to all. Trainees who require extra or personalised assistance are encouraged to discuss what is best for them with central staff.

Contact this training provider

0208 3006566
Hutchins Road
SE28 8AT

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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