St Paul’s Caritas Christi
Chemistry (2YXL)

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

This postgraduate programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status and a full PGCE. The programme will prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, learning from experienced outstanding teachers and immediately put your new skills into practice.

Training sessions and Masters assignment sessions are held at the University of Warwick on either Mondays or Fridays throughout the year (depending on the subject) and a range of schools during the year.

There are three elements to the University of Warwick School Direct course which are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills you will need to pursue a successful teaching career:

  • Subject Studies - looks at all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.
  • Professional Studies - focuses on working in classrooms and schools and on the broader context of teaching today.
  • Professional Practice - placements provide opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in a wide variety of our partnership schools.

Feedback on Assignments: The University tutors provide written formal feedback which will identify the strengths of the academic piece and also provide trainees with actions for future work. If trainees do not initially pass an assignment they are supported by a one hour tutorial with one of their markers to review their assignment and draw up an action plan for re-submission.

Key aims:

  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools.
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.

Interview process

What are we looking for from our trainees?

  • Your enthusiasm for education.
  • It is important to explain why you want to teach.
  • What can you offer and why you will make a good teacher.
  • How you know that teaching is right for you.
  • What experience you have had in schools that has confirmed this.
  • Convey your communication skills.

The team at St Paul’s Caritas Christi will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. The interview usually takes up to half a day, including an introduction from the Headteacher, a tour of the school and a range of activities. The interview will take place at a number of schools, depending on available spaces. Full details of the interview process, including any written tests, venues and times will be sent to applicants at least a week in advance of the interview date. Applicants will know, prior to interview, which school(s) they are being interviewed for.

The interview will normally include a short teaching activity, usually between 20 – 30 minutes, delivered to a small group of pupils. Applicants will always be informed about the topic for the teaching activity and the age group/ability of the students.

There are a set number of places available for each programme, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of obtaining a place. We will close courses once we have filled all of the available places.

How school placements work

If you accept an offer with St Paul’s Caritas Christi you will be based in your placement school for the whole year, except for a 6 week placement in a complementary school during the Spring Term. As a committed group of professionals, we invest in our School Direct trainees, and see the School Direct year as the start of your successful career with us.

NQTs in our schools benefit from our high quality, year-long NQT Induction Programme. You will be assigned two mentors from the staff in your school, one from your subject area (subject mentor) and also a senior member of staff (professional mentor). Our mentors are outstanding teachers who are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills.

From the beginning you will be treated as a full member of staff and will attend staff meetings and INSET opportunities, including full staff development days.

You will be in school from the beginning of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment that will enable you to develop the professional knowledge, necessary skills and expertise for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

The school-based training will be delivered by our teachers who have a wide range of experience and expertise within the partnership schools. This will be enhanced by regular attendance at university. All schools have comprehensive intakes and you will gain valuable experience of working with young people of all abilities. You can express a preference for a placement at a specific school in the partnership but we cannot promise to meet your request.


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

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.



What qualifications do I need?

At least a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent), and for those training to teach in Primary schools at least a grade C in Science (or equivalent). 

A university first degree, usually classification 2:2 or above (or equivalent). Equivalent overseas qualifications, as confirmed by the National Recognition Centre (NARIC)

Personal qualities

What are we looking for from our trainees?

Your enthusiasm for education. 

It is important to explain why you want to teach. 

What can you offer and why you will make a good teacher.

How you know that teaching is right for you. 

What experience you have had in schools that has confirmed this. 

Convey your communication skills. 

Other requirements

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

St Paul’s School for Girls is an outstanding Catholic Secondary school which works in collaboration with a number of Catholic primary and secondary schools, forming the Caritas Christi group, having been involved in School Direct for 5 years. We have combined our experience in order to develop the role of schools who have extensive experience in school based initial teacher training. We have a cross-phase alliance of 13 schools, both secondary and primary located across the inner city region of Birmingham. The Caritas Christi group of schools have formalised a Catholic based regional network of schools, using their collective experiences to provide extensive support to staff and trainees.

Our close partnership of inner-city schools, Universities and other organisations is important to us because our schools are addressing similar needs and challenges: for example, very high levels of EAL, SEND, poverty and low baseline achievement in diverse communities which need our support. We are dedicated to reducing inequalities and giving children every opportunity to succeed at school and beyond. We are all committed to the best possible achievement for our children and staff and we set expectations high so that community aspirations can be raised. St Paul’s Caritas Christi works in partnership with the University of Birmingham, Newman University and the University of Warwick (Ofsted Outstanding for Initial Teacher Education) for all of our secondary subjects and the primary (general) programme, providing high quality courses and support for trainees.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Members of the ITT Support Team are highly experienced professional mentors from our schools. A member of this team will make visits to your school during the year. You will also have regular visits from your assigned university tutor. As a committed group of professionals, we invest in our School Direct trainees, and see the School Direct year as the start of your successful career with us. NQTs in our schools benefit from our high quality, year-long NQT Induction Programme. All trainees with receive tailored support to help with any specific needs and our friendly and welcoming staff will enable a smooth transition to the role of class teacher. Recent trainees have received support for medical needs throughout their training.

Contact details

Vernon Road
West Midlands
B16 9SL


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