Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT)
Chemistry (P431)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance 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
The School Direct Training PGCE with QTS placement is from August 2020 through to the end of the Summer Term July 2021
Date you can apply from
17 June 2020
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This course prepares you to teach Chemistry to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Chemisty as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching. Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Teachers.

You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

The School Direct PGCE with QTS Teacher Trainees is run in collaboration with CHAT Academies (Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust) and the highly acclaimed University of Warwick (It’s Centre for Teacher Education is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for its ITT, Primary and Secondary training)

CHAT Academies has primary and secondary PGCE teacher trainee placements to offer for 2020-21. Some of these places will be taken up by CHAT with a proposal for some places to be offered to other rated good and outstanding schools in Cambridge and Central London.

Interview process

You will be asked to attend the school in which you plan to train for interview/assessment. The process takes a couple of hours and includes a 30 minute numeracy/literacy task; 20-25 minute “micro-lesson” and formal interview, which is a requirement of University of Warwick.

The purpose of the micro-lesson is to see how you interact with students. The formal interview will be with a member of the Teaching School team, usually one of the Head Teachers and the Head of Department for whatever subject you are interested in teaching.

We provide an indication within 1 working day regarding the outcome of your interview. Warwick University will then make a conditional or unconditional offer once all checks are completed.

How school placements work

Trainees will be placed at CHAT Academies (4x Primary Academies: Woodpecker Hall Academy, Kingfisher Hall Academy, Enfield Heights Academy, Cuckoo Hall Academy and 1x Secondary Academy: Heron Hall Academy.

Trainees will also be offered places to other rated good and outstanding schools in Cambridge and Central London.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £20,055

Fees are for 2020/21 academic year and subject to change.

Additional costs incurred during your PGCE training year Travel Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

Books Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library online.

Materials You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet: you will certainly need access to some type of PC.

Fees If you are a nationality other than ‘British’ selected on your application you may be classed as having overseas fees status unless proven otherwise. Please contact our International Office for advice on your fees status before you apply.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

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.



If an applicant meets the pre-course criteria (Hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Other qualifications may be approved as equivalent) Degree at preferably 2:2 or above but negotiable for a strong candidate.

There is no late entry to the course for any reason whatsoever.

Personal qualities

Additional qualities that we look for include:

  • Passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations
  • Drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty
  • Being part of a team and working collaboratively
  • Reflective practitioner who responds to feedback
  • ICT competent and confident
  • Interests outside of education

Other requirements

  • Experience in a school environment or working with young people, is preferable but not essential.
  • You must also be successful in completing a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. Fitness to Teach

In order to comply with the Department for Education, all applicants must satisfy to the University their physical and mental suitability to undertake teacher training.

School Experience

Although it is not a requirement, we recommend that you have had experience in schools focusing on mainstream Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, so that you are familiar with the atmosphere and demands across Secondary.

About the training provider

We are part of CHAT Academies, established in 2010. CHAT currently runs 5 academies in North London, educating some 2,200 pupils. Growth plans will increase this to around 3,000 by 2020.

Our vision and values

Our goal is to provide outstanding education and life changing opportunities for all our children. We want to be recognised for academic excellence and having a reputation for giving pupils the critical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in education, employment and life.

Academic Excellence

We aspire to excellent academic results, with year on year improvements, achieved through the first-class teaching of a broad based curriculum, by highly motivated and trained staff, who are supported by strong school leadership trams, a dedicated and experienced Board of Trustees and active local governing bodies.

Pupils will succeed at our academies regardless of background. We treat all children as individuals and give them an education that prepares them for their lives ahead. Building respect and character, with principles, virtues and values, is at the heart of everything we do at CHAT.

The challenge to our staff

We will engender a core philosophy throughout our organisation to make sure every member of staff understands and feels able to play a role in the success of our academies. All staff, regardless of role or grade, have an important role to play in ensuring outcomes for children our outstanding.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We support candidates with disabilities and other needs. For example candidates with: -Dyslexia -Physical, hearing and visual impairments -Mental health conditions

Contact details

020 8804 4126
Cuckoo Hall Lane
N9 8DR


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