Whitley Bay Teacher Training Chemistry (29W2)

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

Accredited body
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

School Direct is a way to train as a teacher which is based in schools, delivered by schools, and allows you to learn at the heart of the job, whilst also receiving academic training and support from Newcastle University.

What will I do?

  • You will have two placements (one short placement and one long placement) either at Whitley Bay High School or at one of our partner schools. When in schools you are treated like a member of staff – a great way to experience the job first hand.

  • You will also receive school-based training sessions throughout the course, again at Whitley Bay High School and our partner schools – these sessions are delivered by the very best current practitioners, and will enhance your skills in the classroom.

  • In addition, you will take part in a full academic programme at Newcastle University. This programme will give you all the research, analysis and theory you need to underpin your practice in the classroom.

Where and When will I do it?

  • Whitley Bay High School is an outstanding school, and your experience will be led and coordinated here.

  • At least one of your placements will be at a partner school – these are all in the North Tyneside area, all easily accessible by public transport (mostly by Metro) and all offer excellent experiences. By the end of the course you will be trained to work in a diverse range of schools.

  • Your training begins on the first day of the school term in September and runs until June.

What will it Lead to?

  • Successful completion of the course brings you a PGCE qualification and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

  • Being based in schools means excellent networking opportunities. This year, 100% of our trainees secured a job.

  • Our ‘Ready, Refine, Review’ model is designed to make you a lifelong learner in the profession, equipping you with the skills to develop, gain promotions and have a successful career in teaching.

What Last Year’s Trainees said:

  • ‘The people are amazing, there is so much support’

  • ‘Additional support - always someone there to speak to! Additional training days - this sets you apart from other candidates in terms of job applications.’

  • ‘Best support and best training from an outstanding team!’

  • ‘Great staff availability, amazing school network’

  • ‘Outstanding teachers, incredible support, great CPD’

School placements

If you train with us, you will have two teaching placements in our partnership of schools, which are conveniently located in and around North Tyneside. All our schools are easily accessed by public transport, and are able to give you a range of experiences to prepare you to teach in a variety of settings.

Your two placement schools are selected in order to provide you with a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and varied range of teaching and learning opportunities and be immersed in schools with very different ethea. Your previous experiences are also taken into account when allocating placement schools. Regardless of where you are placed, highly experienced and inspirational practitioners will design a bespoke training programme, which will allow you to evolve into an outstanding and reflective teacher.

Applicants must be aware that they may be placed in any of our excellent partner schools throughout the training year. We aim to provide a varied teaching experience in a range of different school contexts.

Please visit https://www.whitleybayhighschool.org/teacher-training for the list of schools within our alliance.

You will spend a term in one school (Short Placement) and one and a half terms in the other (Long Placement). Trainees will be trained for Key Stage 3 and 4 and you will also be offered Sixth Form experiences in order to develop your teaching skillset and employability. During this time, you will also attend University for approximately one day a week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

We are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and learning.

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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dynamic, committed and ambitious trainees with a passion for teaching and learning. You must have a desire to inspire young people and an ability to share and communicate your enthusiasm for your subject. We would expect you to be well-organised, hard-working, empathetic, approachable and resilient. You need to be willing to evaluate your practice and be able to respond to feedback given.

It is desirable that you will have experience of working with children in either a paid or voluntary capacity. It would be advantageous if you have had some school experience.

Other requirements

It is desirable that you are able to tell us about recent experience in a relevant school setting. Your references should be able to tell us about your skills, experience and the contribution you have made within a range of contexts for example: academic, business, educational.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Whitley Bay High School is the lead school for the programme. We are partnered with a range of inspirational schools that educate young people across North Tyneside and the surrounding area.

Our School Direct programme means you will be in the classroom from day one, learning first-hand the knowledge and skills needed to become an outstanding teacher. We work in conjunction with Newcastle University and on successful completion of the training year you will be awarded a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

We have a national reputation for the quality of our: Teaching and Learning; innovative and rigorous training; and the exceptional levels of support offered for emerging teachers.

Interview process

Whitley Bay High is the lead school in our programme and we will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

You will be asked to prepare a ten-minute presentation on a topic relating to your subject, explaining how you would teach the lesson and make it engaging and challenging. You will also meet with a subject specialist to discuss developments within your subject and your understanding of your subject within a school context.

Our interviews are a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

All offers to train with us are conditional. Conditions may include: a DBS; Fitness to Teach; as well as original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications. You may be required to complete a subject enhancement course (SKE) before your training begins. We also strongly recommend you spend time in school to gain insight into current educational organisations.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

All schools within the Whitley Bay School Direct Teacher Training are fully accessible. Provision for additional support where needed is provided on site. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools

Please contact Sharon Armstrong on sharon.armstrong@whitleybayhighschool.org with any specific disability access requirements.

Contact this training provider

Whitley Bay
Tyne & Wear
NE25 9AS

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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