The Holy Cross School Chemistry (3C2C)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
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 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You are based in The Holy Cross School during your training, with a placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school. You will work with a teacher mentor in school and a visiting tutor from EQualitas to help and support your training. You will follow a course that leads to QTS. The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on concurrently. Training Module 1A: Lesson planning. How to plan lessons well, including choosing the most appropriate teaching and learning strategies.

Training Module 1B: Behaviour. How to manage pupils during lessons, and motivating them towards learning.

Training Module 1C: Assessment. How to assess pupils’ learning in each subject, and use assessment information when planning and teaching lessons.

Training Module 2: Meeting needs of different groups of pupils. How to ensure that all groups of pupils do as well as possible eg those who speak English as an additional language, high attaining pupils, those with special educational needs.

Training Module 3: The wider context of teaching and learning in schools today. Barriers to learning i.e. why some pupils do not do as well as they should, and how teachers can make a difference to this.

Training Module 4: Subject teaching. Bringing everything together, how to teach really effectively. This builds on all the earlier training in how to teach effectively, and involves an in-depth study of an aspect of subject teaching.

There are two formal assignments: an essay exploring aspects of meeting the needs of different groups of pupils (linked to Training Module 2), and a subject-related essay (linked to Training Module 4).

Your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards is assessed formally at four points: when you start, after 10 working weeks, 20 working weeks and at the end of the training period. These assessments are carried out jointly by trainees, school staff and eQ tutors. Your formal assignments are marked by eQ tutors.

School placements

You would be placed at Holy Cross for the bulk of your training and complete a second placement in a local school. The second placement schools are chosen in negotiation with the trainee, taking into account travel distances and childcare arrangements if applicable, they have to be in a contrasting school so this will either be a mixed school or a boys school.

You will be teaching predominantly 11-16 students but there will be an opportunity to observe and teach 17-18 students for outstanding trainees

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:

  1. Subject knowledge
  2. Motivation to become the best teacher possible
  3. Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback.
  4. Creativity and imagination.
  5. Capacity for hard work
  6. Perseverance
  7. Good organisational skills
  8. Empathy and a liking for young people.
  9. Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.

Other requirements

If your degree is not in the subject you are applying to teach, you need to explain how you have degree-level expertise in the subject.

If you do not meet the GCSE requirement, you can do an equivalence test. eQ recognises the tests offered by Equivalency Testing (<a href=></a>). We do not accept adult literacy and adult numeracy as equivalent to GCSE, nor do we accept GCSE English Literature instead of GCSE English. Other qualifications and experience - Successful applicants should have some in-school experience eg from school visits and voluntary work.


Fees Will be paid by the school

Salary This is a salaried position (U/Q1)

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Holy Cross School was founded in 1931 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, it is a voluntary aided Roman Catholic School for girls aged between 11-18. At Key Stage 5 the school has worked in curriculum partnership with our local boys school, Richard Challoner, for the past thirty years and post 16 lessons are co-ed. The school was a specialist Science College and converted to Academy status in August 2012. The school is proud to be acknowledged by the SSAT as being in the top 5% of all schools nationally for progress made from Year 7 to 11. The school currently has 940 students on roll and employs over 100 staff.

About the accredited body

You work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. This is complemented by a placement of about 6 weeks’ teaching in another school plus various other visits. Your study is based on the distance learning resources on the eQ virtual learning environment (VLE). Training sessions are provided by experienced school staff, and you attend some training days run by eQ (up to about 10 days, mostly held in a venue in central London). You also have a subject-specialist visiting tutor from eQ.

Interview process

Initial Selection - Applications are considered by the school, and selected for interview on the basis of the information within the application. We pay particular attention to qualifications, the personal statement, and the references. Interview - Applicants who are invited to interview must take the following: their qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo ID eg a passport, and evidence of residence eg a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement). Overseas applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility to live and study in the UK. The interview will take up to a day, and include teaching a lesson or part of a lesson. After the interview, an offer is made or you are given feedback on why you were unsuccessful. If you accept the conditional offer, you will complete at least two weeks of in-school experience in preparation for the training (eQ provides pre-training activities), during which time an eQ tutor visits you at the school to work out the individualised plan for your training. The place is confirmed once you have met all the conditions of offer.

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

Schools generally have good disability access to their site. Check this with the school prior to your visit and interview, if you are shortlisted. Also contact the eQ office for a discussion of your needs if they are not related to mobility so that we can identify what additional support might be appropriate for you. All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health. In practice, few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applications from people with disabilities. More information - Further advice on any aspect of the entry requirements and teacher training with e-Qualitas is available from the Programme Director at the e-Qualitas office. Telephone 01892 513881 or email

Contact this training provider

The Holy Cross School
25 Sandal Road
New Malden

Support and advice

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