Northern Lights SCITT Chemistry (2LGT)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

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

The programme is full time, from September 2023 until the end of June 2024, and split into three Stages over the year. The Stages have an increasing amount of teaching commitment, building from 30% in Stage 1 to 75% by the end of Stage 3. At the end of Stage 3, you will have the opportunity to experience being part of a very different setting, for example a Special School or Pupil Referral Unit. This range of experiences to draw from will give you a sound springboard as you transition into employment.

Your first teaching placement in school will start from the second week of the course; you will be an integral part of your school’s team from Monday to Thursday every week. Your Mentor will be your cheerleader, supporting and guiding you to reflect, learn and improve. In addition to their ongoing support, they will meet with you formally once a week to discuss your wellbeing, your achievements that week and review your progress against agreed targets.

Your Fridays will be spent with our team of expert Leads. They will enable you to develop and contextualise your subject knowledge and application. Our professional learning programme is designed to respond to every trainee’s individual professional development needs. Underpinned by the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework, you will have a sound, applied understanding of the ‘Learn that’ and ‘Learn how’ statements as well as key national priorities. This will enable you to make a smooth transition into the Early Career Framework in your first year of teaching.

This is what our current trainees have to say about Northern Lights:

‘My favourite thing about the Northern Lights SCITT is by far the level of support they have put in place for trainees. Even in the busiest of weeks, time is taken to check in with each and every student’

‘The professional learning aspect of the course fits seamlessly with what we are putting into practice on placement, and both the teams at Northern Lights and at my placement school have been immensely supportive and welcoming’

‘Starting my PGCE and choosing Northern Lights to guide me through the year was the best decision I could have made. The team are unbelievably supportive!’

‘The most amazing placements offering great learning experiences and the best support’

‘The support we have received has been absolutely great and there when we have needed it’

School placements

Our SCITT is based at Skipton Girls’ High School, an outstanding school at the forefront of teaching and learning. Partner schools in North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Harrogate, Keighley and Bradford offer subject expertise and supportive teaching placements.

You will train to teach in two Key Stages. You will have placements in two differing schools to gain a diverse learning experience.
You will be able to apply, develop and embed your professional learning from the previous Friday over the course of the week and have the opportunity to discuss it with your Mentor and review it with your Lead; integration of learning, cohesion, reflection and review are key aspects of our professional learning programme.

Your assessment tasks for the SCITT will be based on pupils and classes at your placement school. You will contextualise and reference your professional learning within your placement school.

In each Stage, you will be asked to write detailed case studies about pupils’ progress and the strategies you and your colleagues use that contribute to the pupils’ successes. You will plan, deliver and evaluate a sequence of learning for the pupils you teach. Other assessment tasks will be linked to your ongoing professional development in the context of your school placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Other requirements

We expect you to have an understanding of the current key issues relating to teaching and learning in their curriculum and age range. Ideally, this will be through recent experience of being in a classroom and working with pupils in the United Kingdom. Please evidence this on your personal statement.

You will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS Check if your application to train with us is successful.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Northern Lights SCITT shapes committed, creative and passionate individuals into responsive, inspirational and highly skilled teachers. Together, we transform the lives of young people.

We are very proud of our course. With us, you will benefit from an engaging research-based professional learning programme that is responsive to each Trainee’s professional needs. Your professional learning programme is embedded into every placement to ensure your learning is contextualised and meaningful.

At Northern Lights we have a strong team of outstanding practitioners committed to your professional development and personal wellbeing. Your Mentors are highly skilled, experienced teachers who will support and challenge you to be the best teacher you can be. Our team of Primary and Secondary Leads are experts in their areas and will support you to develop your subject knowledge and expertise.

After you qualify with us, we want you to start your first teaching post prepared and confident. With the range of skills and experiences you gain from your training with us, we know you will be an asset to your future employer as you build your career. Many of our trainees secure their first teaching posts in our partner schools, who acknowledge the breadth and depth of training we provide.

As an integral part of the course, trainees will study Masters’ level modules which will lead to a PGCE and can be used as 60 credits towards an MA from Leeds Trinity University.

Interview process

We take our responsibilities to all pupils, our partnership schools and our trainees most seriously.

On application, you will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to train to teach. We take pride in developing the teachers of tomorrow. As such, it is essential that all our trainees are safe to work with children and young people and that they have the necessary skills and aptitudes to thrive over the year.

Senior staff and Subject Leads from partnership schools will be involved in the selection process alongside the SCITT team, who are trained in Safer Recruitment. We will assess your understanding of your age range and curriculum alongside your communication skills.

Where possible, interviews will be held in schools and will consist of a number of different elements to assess, depending on current government COVID-19 guidance. These elements may include a short teaching activity, a short presentation, a written task and a formal interview.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

Northern Lights SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief or socio-economic class.

Contact this training provider

01756 707628
Skipton Girls' High School
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1QL

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.