Teacher Training @ Knutsford
Chemistry (294F)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores University
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

Our PGCE programme begins late August 2021 with enrolment week at LJMU and finishes late June 2022. The programme comprises of four days class contact, along with one professional training day each week. Trainees are based at their home school from Monday to Thursday and follow a Professional Studies Programme on Fridays. The Professional Studies programme is delivered predominantly at the Knutsford Academy site, supported by online learning and University based sessions. The programme covers all the knowledge and understanding that trainees need, to prepare for a successful career in teaching. Practising School Leaders give an insight into day to day life at school, with key note talks on safeguarding, managing data, managing behaviour, making successful job applications, and supporting Vulnerable Students. LJMU colleagues provide lectures on key educational theories and pedagogical research, plus they provide context for assignments. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. Sessions are largely workshop-based and participatory so that theoretical, research-informed teaching is explicitly linked to its practical implications for the classroom.

The placement model is broken down into three phases, as outlined below. Teaching expectations and timetable commitments increase as the year progresses: Phase 1 - Observation and beginning teaching and learning. Phase 2 - Consolidating and developing teaching and learning. Phase 3 - Extending teaching and learning leading to Qualifying to Teach

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through two modules. The course team and partnership schools have worked together to ensure that the PGCE award is both relevant and manageable. The award of QTS is integral to one of the academic modules. Trainees also submit one academic essay, in two parts, which focuses on reflecting on aspects of their practice.

Interview process

Candidates who are short-listed will be invited for interview at Knutsford Academy, or online via Zoom. You will meet with representatives from both the University and the Lead school. We will cover an introduction to the training programme, along with general issues in education and what it means to be a teacher. You will deliver a 5 minute presentation on a previously prepared topic and this will be followed by a 20 minute individual interview. Your individual interview will explore subject specific issues, as well as your reasons for teaching. It will explore your attitudes to young people and your understanding of what teaching entails. You will be considered on your ability to communicate clearly and on your engagement with the interview panel.

How school placements work

We will arrange and provide a quality placement experience for all candidates in two schools over the academic year. You will spend the majority of your time in your home school placement, plus 6 weeks after Christmas in an alternate placement setting.

We partner a range of schools across Cheshire and Manchester and are continually increasing these. They currently include:

Weaverham High School, Weaverham. Winsford Academy, Winsford. Middlewich High School, Middlewich. Hartford High School, Northwich. The County High School Leftwich, Northwich. Werneth School, Stockport. Marple Hall School, Stockport. Bramhall High School, Stockport. Eaton Bank, Congleton. Ruskin Community School, Crewe. Sir William Stanier, Crewe. Tytherington High School, Macclesfield. Macclesfield Academy, Macclesfield. The Fallibroome academy, Macclesfield. St Cuthberts Catholic High, St Helens. Golborne High School, Warrington. Helsby High School, Helsby. St Pauls Catholic High School, Wythenshawe.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You should hold, or be expected to achieve, a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Science related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above. You should also have GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or above, or an approved Equivalency test successfully completed by the end of August 2021.

About the training provider

Teacher Training @ Knutsford is a School Direct Teacher Training programme developed in partnership between Knutsford Academy and Liverpool John Moores University.

Knutsford Academy is the Lead School for this programme and we are now looking to recruit trainee teachers who have the potential to be outstanding in the classroom. Our training programme develops inspirational teachers with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of delivering excellence in teaching and learning. Your award is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS.

We provide ongoing support to all of our trainees, along with guidance and advice to enable you to become an outstanding professional. Support comes from a wide variety of different professionals based at Knutsford Academy, our partnership schools, external organisations and Liverpool John Moores University.

For more information, please contact us: rtr@knutsfordacademy.org.uk

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting learning environment where everybody can develop an enthusiasm for life-long learning. We believe that staff and pupils alike should feel happy, safe and valued, so that they gain a respectful and caring attitude towards each other and the environment. We are also committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access, plus one that values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.

Furthermore, LJMU offer excellent support to all students with a disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) e.g. dyslexia. This is provided through the University’s Inclusive Services team, who have highly experienced staff members.

Contact details

01565 633 294
Knutsford Academy, The Learning Alliance
Bexton Road
WA16 0EA


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Bexton Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0EA
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