Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South Chemistry (Q289)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Coventry University
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

We are different from other University teacher training courses in that all of your time is spent in school. Our (Secondary/Primary*) PGCE with QTS in (add subject*) is available nationwide, and you will undertake your teacher training in an approved school.

We partner with a number of schools in different parts of the country and we will work you’re your school to facilitate your application and training. You will be in school for the full 5 days a week or 2½ days a week if you are part-time. In your school you will develop your craft of the classroom, guided by an in-school Mentor who will support you on a day-to-day basis. This is underpinned by our interactive, online learning platform, which hosts our regular engagement with you in webinars, tutorials and podcasts, and allows opportunities for collaboration with fellow trainees. You will also receive 1-1 support from your own University Tutor, who is part of a dynamic and highly-skilled University team. You will attend up to four days in person with us at our educational conferences where you will share ideas with fellow trainees, and engage with leading educators and teachers. Where Covid-19 prevents attendance in-person, the conferences are delivered online.

Additional advantages of training to teach with us are:

  • A flexible approach to training: You can start in September or January and choose to train on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • The practical relevance of in-school training combined with the quality and rigour expected of a University PGCE with 60 Masters-level credits. For more course details, visit []

School placements

Our course is available nationwide. Your training is based in two schools for most of your training year and a contrasting second school for a minimum of 6 weeks. For part-time students it is a minimum of 12 weeks in the second school placement. Trainees in SEND schools require a longer placement in Mainstream. Your school will be responsible for organising your second school placement which must be in a contrasting setting. We will support your school in meeting our criteria for this second school placement.

We believe that outstanding, daily mentoring is one of the most important elements of teacher training. On placement, your in-school Mentor will be an experienced, highly effective teacher who receives regular training from us. In addition, your University Tutor will oversee and help guide your progress throughout the course, including support with your assignments as well as providing practical tips for your teaching.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Capital City Academy
Doyle Gardens, Willesden, London, NW10 3ST
Charles Dickens School
Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2RL
Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey
Minster Road, Minster-on-Sea, Kent, ME12 3JX

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.

We accept equivalency tests from the following providers:



Costs for equivalency tests are the responsibility of the applicant and results must be received prior to the start of the course.

Personal qualities

At the heart of our ITT courses is teaching pedagogy. Teaching is a practical activity and we believe that training is best done in schools, under the supervision of expert teachers, and underpinned by relevant theory. Since children are central to ITT, their needs, individualities, development and diversity are inherent in our training. Teaching is no different to any worthwhile and highly rewarding profession, in that it presents challenges and requires hard work to succeed. We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of all our trainees, and at the forefront of this is our commitment to their expertise and resilience.

Other requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall.

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach:

The DfE requires providers to ensure that all trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.


All entrants to ITT programmes are subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information which is carried out by your employing school .


The course fee for UK students for 2022 – 2023 is £9000 and this is covered by the levy. This includes accommodation at any residential conferences

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South is a family of five primary schools and four secondary schools, all of which are located in the heart of their communities across the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Bexley.

We have been educating young people in South London since 1876 and have over 15 years’ experience of initial teacher training. Embedded in a rich culture of both tradition and innovation, we draw on our long history of educational excellence while embracing new, forward-thinking ideas.

Our vision for education is built on aspiration and achievement, which is why we provide our staff with the highest levels of support. We have a unique and engaging professional development offer that provides opportunities for collaboration and access to networks for every teacher, no matter their career stage. Each member of our community, staff and students alike, also benefit from the Haberdashers’ Advantage – a unique set of benefits and opportunities that come from our sponsorship by the Haberdashers Company.

Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South is an inclusive employer that strongly values diversity. We welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure that the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

Interview process

Whilst an interview can cause apprehension, ours is designed to be fair and relaxed, and we will look at your suitability to train to teach more than anything else. It is a chance for you to share with us your knowledge about your chosen phase or subject as well as your enthusiasm for a career in teaching. The interview is a two-way process, and we encourage you to ask questions about our course and the teaching profession.

At interview, you will:

  • Prepare a 5 minute presentation to a given brief, which will be sent to you prior to your interview.
  • Complete a task (this is not an exam) about understanding the fundamental English and Maths skills required of a teacher. This task will be sent out before the interview and is designed to inform us of any wider development or training requirements you would need to complete as part of the course.
  • Reflect on your subject knowledge to answer some given questions so you can prepare your answers. This task will be sent out before the interview and is designed to inform us of any training requirements you would need to complete as part of the course.
  • Be given an opportunity to answer questions to enable the interviewer to assess your communication skills, pedagogical understanding, subject knowledge, and enthusiasm for teaching.
  • Be given an opportunity to discuss any flexibility in the provision that might be beneficial (i.e. part time or individual needs).

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

We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody. If you have a disability, we will make adjustments wherever reasonably possible in order to enable you to perform to the best of your ability throughout our recruitment process.

If you would like us to do so at the interview stage, please provide details on your application form. This will in no way affect your application.

Contact this training provider

020 7652 9571 ext2787
Haberdashers' Academies Trust South
Jerningham Road
New Cross
SE14 5NY

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

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022