Learning Futures Partnership
Chemistry (3DPQ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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
September 2021


About the course

Teacher Training with Learning Futures Partnership, Wigan Our mission is to recruit, develop and retain exceptional professionals by offering highly supportive initial teacher training in and around the Wigan area. Learning Futures Partnership are a collaboration of like-minded educational establishments (Byrchall High School, Fred Longworth High School, Hawkley Hall High school, Winstanley college and Tyldesley Primary) with outstanding teacher training at their heart. At Learning Futures Partnership we are invested in your development and will support you with your application from the very first time you contact us. We pride ourselves on our personal approach and are committed to ensure that you make the best decision for you and your future career. We choose our subject mentors carefully and are confident that their guidance will be second to none. Our mentors are committed, outstanding teachers, who have a full appreciation of the enormous impact that a supportive mentor will have on your development throughout the year.
Trainees with the LFP will be in familiar, local surroundings, perhaps even learning to teach in the school or college they went to. They’ll gain confidence from truly understanding the local area and the backgrounds of the pupils they’ll be teaching. This sense of place and belonging will give our teachers of the future that extra boost in their trainee year. Our training programme has been very carefully designed by outstanding practitioners from each alliance school. We are passionate about ensuring that each training session allows you to collaborate, reflect upon your own development and furnishes you with skills essential for a successful teaching career. During your final term you will be provided with the opportunity to further concentrate on an area of education that has ignited your interest. Thus providing a bespoke element that responds to your needs and future aspirations. Learning Futures Partnership offers three routes into primary and secondary teaching through the following phases:

  • Primary Programme
  • Secondary Programme (11-16 phase)
  • Secondary Programme with FE 14-19

Interview process

You will be asked to do a number of tasks on the day:

  • A written task in response to pre-interview reading
  • A Subject Knowledge Audit Candidates will be asked to complete a subject audit in their main subject specialism. This will take the form of a short discussion with an experienced teacher.
  • A Mini-Teach You will be asked to prepare a 20-30 minute activity based on a Key Stage 3 topic that has captured your interest. The purpose of this activity is to show us that you can make your subject interesting and accessible and that you can communicate your enthusiasm for the subject to your audience. We are also interested in how you respond to the feedback that you will be given following your ‘mini teach’.
  • An Individual interview Your individual interview will normally last 15-20 minutes. The interview will usually be conducted by school staff and/or university tutors and will seek to determine your commitment to teaching, identify gaps in your subject knowledge outside of your main subject (there are a number of paths available for improving subject knowledge) and probe your reasons for wanting to enter the profession. We do not expect candidates to have spent some time in a secondary school in but we would like candidates to be able to talk about the reality of working in school. We would also expect all candidates to have some familiarity with the current national curriculum in their subject.

How school placements work

At Learning Futures Partnership, you have 2 placements. An initial placement from September to December followed by a main placement from January to July.


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

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Anyone who applies for a place can also apply for financial support through the Student Loan Company. To find out more, visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

Bursaries, scholarships and financial support for 2020/21 will be announced soon.



Typically 2.2 or higher degree. However, we are open to speak to candidates that have a lower classification prior to applying discuss their options further. GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) in English and mathematics.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants that are passionate about their subject with a real desire to inspire and improve the outcomes for all of our students. You will need to be reflective and appreciative of the demands and rewards that a career in teaching offers.

About the training provider

Teacher Training with Learning Futures Partnership, Wigan.

Our mission is to recruit, develop and retain exceptional professionals by offering highly supportive initial teacher training in and around the Wigan area.

Learning Futures Partnership are a collaboration of like-minded educational establishments: Byrchall High School ;Fred Longworth High School; Hawkley Hall High school; Winstanley college and Tyldesley Primary.

Learning Futures partnership have high quality teacher training at their heart, we pride ourselves on our bespoke programme that responds to your needs. Our on site training is delivered by outstanding practitioners who are proven in Teaching and Learning.

At Learning Futures Partnership we are invested in your development and will support you with your application from the very first time you contact us.

Learning Futures Partnership offers 3 ITT routes: Primary Secondary Secondary with FE

About the accredited body

LFP have a highly collaborative relationship with the University of Cumbria, Lancaster. The University of Cumbria is one of the country’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships.The success of PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school-based learning. This learning process allows you to develop your teaching skills and reflect on the impact you make on pupils, the school and the community. With the practitioner and academic expertise of the university and school staff at your disposal, you can become an outstanding, critically reflective teacher.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs and aim to be an inclusive provider. We strive to support all our trainees in collaboration with the University of Cumbria. All Alliance schools provide access for students with mobility impairments. Specific mobility issues for the individual schools will be addressed in collaboration with you.

Contact details

01942 204640
Carr Lane
Greater Manchester


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Location Vacancies Code
Hawkley Hall High School
Hawkley Hall High School, Carr Lane , Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN3 5NY
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