The training will be delivered both at the university and by staff at the partnership schools.
Students on the School Direct Training route are automatically registered on the Brighton PGCE and will be required to submit academic assignments, some at Masters Level, during the course. This facilitates progression to an MA Education award after completion of the PGCE.
You will graduate from our Chemistry PGCE equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent secondary school teacher. Content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice.
There are four strands to this course:
subject study/subject education
If your degree isn’t in this subject area or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
Studying with us you will benefit from a range of course features which include:
access to over 30,000 specialist teaching resources in our curriculum centre
use of our specialist science labs which replicate those used in schools
enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase
learn from staff who have years of experience as secondary school teachers before joining the university
See full details of this course on the University of Brighton website.
For further information on the course can be found here.
As a trainee teacher on our initial teacher training courses you will have multiple opportunities to put your teaching theory into practice.
You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based training during your course. Most of your time will be spent at your main placement school. Six weeks will be spent at your contrasting placement school. Both placements will be at schools in the Wealden Partnership.
Our staff will ensure that you are well prepared for each phase of school-based training, and that you have all the support and guidance you need to make the most of these opportunities. We run bespoke sessions to guide you through the expectations of school-based training and provide thorough guidance in handbooks.
Trainees consistently evaluate their school-based training highly and Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of our courses, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Green Lane, Crowborough, TN6 2DY
Heathfield Community College
Cade Street, Old Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8RJ
Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3DJ
Uplands Community College
Lower High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AZ
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about Chemistry and keen to share this passion with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range.
We would expect you to have some experience of working with young people in this age group, possibly in a sports club or similar.
It is an advantage to have done some recent classroom observation in your subject area before you come to interview.
All firm offer holders will be required to complete a satisfactory Suitability Declaration, DBS and Overseas Police check plus Occupational Health Questionnaire.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Financial support from the training provider
Up-to-date information about financial support can be found here
About the training provider
The Wealden Partnership offers high quality teacher training by dedicated professionals in a supportive and inspirational environment. We have worked with trainee teachers from our local universities for many years and value the enthusiasm, skills and qualities they can offer to a school community. We believe that teaching is a wonderful career and that this is a successful, innovative and vibrant group of schools to work with.
Our partnership of schools is led by Heathfield Community College and comprises three other large secondary schools, Uckfield College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy. All four schools are highly successful and popular 11 – 18 mixed comprehensives situated in semi-rural communities in the north-eastern corner of East Sussex, within commuting distance of the South Coast. The schools are conveniently located within 10 miles of each other and this enables trainees to attend joint training sessions across all schools.
In addition to collaborating on teacher training, the partnership runs joint training sessions for all staff and provides a range of CPD opportunities for individual staff at various stages of their career development. All schools are committed to raising the quality of teaching and learning through raising standards.
Pupils in the partnership schools are happy, friendly and well-motivated and their welfare and progress lie at the heart of everything we do.
Our teachers are innovative and enthusiastic practitioners eager to share their expertise with the next generation of teachers.
About the accredited body
Our training is supported by the University of Brighton, which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education.
The university works with us to provide quality input on how to teach and assess in secondary & primary schools and and also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered in our partnership.
If we are interested in pursuing your application we will pass your details to the University of Brighton and you will be interviewed by the University in the first instance before being interviewed by the partnership.
Heathfield Community College is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the interview process. Interviews may take place online or face-to-face. This will involve approximately 2-3 hours spent at one of the partnership schools and will include the delivery of a presentation about a teaching activity you have previously undertaken, a short written task related to a current educational issue and the opportunity to talk to some staff and pupils as well as the formal interview.
Subject staff and at least one Professional Tutor will be involved in the interviews.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Heathfield Community College Cade Street Old Heathfield East Sussex TN21 8RJ
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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