Two Counties Chemistry (2R36)

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

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This Chemistry course was developed with our partner schools and features an ambitious curriculum.

It covers:

  • professional behaviours and responsibilities.
  • subject knowledge and the national curriculum.
  • how pupils learn.
  • lesson planning.
  • managing behaviour.
  • adapting your teaching to respond to different pupil needs.
  • pupil assessment.
  • pupil wellbeing.

By the end of the course you’ll be equipped to:

  • share your love for Chemistry, inspiring future scientists.
  • develop innovative teaching approaches, designing and implementing stimulating resources.
  • teach Chemistry within the national curriculum framework, meeting exam requirements.

As a Chemistry specialist you will learn to teach your own subject to A Level, and Physics and Biology to a lower level.

You’ll learn in different ways throughout this course, for example, through:

  • practical experience in the classroom.
  • working with practising teachers, who you’ll meet ahead of your placements.
  • independent study.

To enrich your professional practice and develop your subject expertise, you’ll complete 2 assignments. These are an essential part of getting your PGCE, and contribute 60 credits towards a master’s degree.

You’ll also build a portfolio of the educational outcomes you achieved during the course. This is a great way of showcasing your work at future interviews.

Train with us and you’ll be part of a thriving, successful partnership between our schools and the world-renowned University of Reading.

School placements

Our seven schools are all located in western Reading and to the west of Reading, within a 12 mile area. Our locations are served by good roads and public transport. On this course you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups to ensure you receive a broad range of experiences. You will also have the opportunity to observe teaching in a primary school. The majority of your training will be in the main placement school; this school is selected by you in your application and discussed in the interview. The second school placement (5/6 weeks) will be selected on geographical considerations to minimise the commute to school, but also on ensuring you have a range of experience. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in a different educational setting at the end of the course. These placements will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. They also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Denefield School
Long Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6XY
Main Site
School Lane, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3XJ
The Hurst Community College
Brimpton Road, Baughurst, Tadley, Hampshire, RG26 5NL
The Wren School
61-63 Bath Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2BB
Theale Green School
Church Street, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 5DA

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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.

You must have successfully completed the equivalency test by the time you start your course. Failure to do so will mean you are not eligible to begin your training year. All costs of taking an equivalency test need to be met by the applicant.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen. The main personal qualities we are looking for are:

  • Has organisation and time management skills​​
  • Is passionate about their subject​​
  • Has a positive outlook​​
  • Has a creative and innovative approach​​
  • Is a highly reflective practitioner​​ with good inter-personal skills
  • Someone who is resilient and can take the highs and lows!​​
  • Is highly motivated​ and willing to play a part in wider school life.​

Other requirements

If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a maintained secondary school.

Fees and financial support

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

The course fees cover the cost of your tuition. This course may require additional payments for trips and extra resources.

Financial support from the training provider

The University of Reading offers £1000 off tuition fees to University of Reading graduates.

About the training provider

The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership is made up of neighbouring secondary schools in the Berkshire and Hampshire area.

We offer secondary PGCE courses that are all planned and delivered in collaboration with the University of Reading’s Institute of Education. At the very heart of our model of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is the drive to produce outstanding teachers who become critical curriculum thinkers, responsive and reflective practitioners and research informed professionals who can secure the very best outcomes for all children.

The partnership schools are:

  • Little Heath School – Tilehurst, Reading
  • Prospect School - Reading
  • The Wren School - Reading
  • The Hurst Community College - Baughurst, Hampshire
  • Theale Green School - Theale, West Berkshire
  • Denefield School - Tilehurst, Reading
  • The Willink School – Burghfield Common, West Berkshire

The purposes of this Teaching School partnership:

  • To share the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be a good teacher through expert input.
  • To develop resilient, independent and reflective teachers that are over time consistently outstanding.
  • To collaboratively design and deliver a training programme that uses the expertise of experienced and successful teachers.
  • To recruit and develop the next generation of inspirational teachers for the partnership schools.
  • To provide a continued professional development programme for teachers as Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

About the accredited body

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2022).

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 400 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Interview process

The selection process has the following stages:

  • Short listing for interview.
  • Interview day at the partnership school selected as the main placement school.
  • Attendance to the University Induction and needs assessment day for checking of the eligibility criteria.

The interview day will include:

  • A written task in your chosen subject, this will be at A Level standard.
  • Opportunity for classroom observation and interaction with pupils.
  • A ‘micro’ lesson or short presentation.
  • A formal interview involving the school mentor and ITT coordinator.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

In partnership with the Institute of Education, we have created an open and inclusive environment, one which promotes a sense of well-being and belonging. A community where we recognise and treat all our trainees as individuals. You will enjoy high levels of personal attention and strong individualised support throughout your studies.

The University of Reading has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service that you can access. The service offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

Accessibility varies between the different training locations: further details can be provided upon request.

Contact this training provider

The Willink School
School Lane
Burghfield Common, Reading

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).

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