Huddersfield Horizon SCITT Chemistry (33M5)

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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our training courses are curriculum and progress focused so that our trainees are taught the subject knowledge, understanding and they have the ability to feel confident and competent as an excellent practitioner. Our trainees are based in a school four days a week and will attend the Training Centre one day a week. Here they are given the theoretical understanding and the strategies in which to immerse themselves gradually but confidently in the school based experience. As a Secondary trainee our trainees are given additional subject days in which they are taught the specific curriculum and pedagogy of their subject area. These sessions are tailored to cater for the specific demands of the subject but equally the areas which need to be developed as part of the trainee’s subject knowledge and application. Trainees will be in one main host school, September to July, with an additional placement in October 2 half term and a week’s Special Education Needs placement. A great strength of our provision is that we can adapt the programme to meet the needs and the areas of development for each trainee. Through the formative review points and the tut visits, we track the trainee’s progress against the curriculum and then adapt the school experience and indeed the training based on the INDIVIDUAL trainee’s needs. Our Training programme is bespoke to each individual. Trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the programme. Over the course of the year, trainees will build a bank of evidence against the curriculum in-order to support the judgement made by the Partnership at the end of the programme. In addition, as part of the PGCE element of the programme (led by Sheffield Hallam tutors but delivered at the Centre) there are two assignments to be completed throughout the course of the year:

  1. Reflecting on Pedagogical Approaches (5000 words)
  2. Exploring Professional Development through Collaborative Enquiry (5000 words) Trainees will be supported fully through the online and centre based resource system, including the support network of mentor and tutor.

School placements

As a Partnership which works extremely closely, we know our schools. By knowing our schools, our departments and our mentors extremely well and through our robust assessment procedure we can very easily match our confirmed applicants to our partnership schools. It is extremely important to us that our trainees have a work life balance and so when placing our trainees in our schools we take into account the geographical distance and relevant needs so that the travel time does not inflict upon the demands of our trainee teachers. We ensure that our trainee teachers have an enriching experience and so we draw upon the diverse range of schools within our partnership to ensure that the trainee’s experience impacts upon their curriculum knowledge and progress. Our Primary programme covers the age range of 5-11 and our Secondary programme covers the age range of 11-16. As a trainee you will be in a main host school from September until July and we feel this placement is incredibly important in building the incredibly important relationships with our children. With this year long placement (apart from half a term in a contrasting setting and for Primary a different phase) you will have the opportunity to be a member of staff within the school, to build the all important relationships and to see how a school cycle works.

In addition, you will have experience in pre and post phase settings and we pride ourselves on our additional SEND placement. We feel it is incredibly important that as a practitioner you have the full knowledge and understanding of students with special educational needs and our SEND experience (including placements in Pupil Referral Units) allow you to have a real insight into the SEND provision and meeting the needs of all children.

Your training will involve four days in a school and then a day’s training at our fantastic training centre. Here we will all come together to learn, develop, support and....laugh.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

We will review the degree requirements and coverage in-order to support a decision regarding the suitability of the qualification.

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 accept equivalency assessments from the Equivalency Test Centre and any qualification cost will be paid by the candidate.

Personal qualities

Qualifications and subject knowledge are incredibly important, however equally, so are the essential personal qualities to capture a child’s interest and to make a real difference to their lives. We are looking for the “Magic Weavers” through: A secure use of Standard English A passion for teaching and learning A thirst for the individual subject/phase Evidence of resilience An ability to engage learners A desire to impact upon the children in your care

Other requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS (Provider to check on acceptance of the conditional offer)
  • Prohibition Order Check (Provider to check on acceptance of the conditional offer)
  • Prohibition to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA) Check (Provider to check on acceptance of the conditional offer)
  • Fitness to Teach Check (Provider to check on acceptance of the conditional offer)
  • Overseas Check (Provider to check on acceptance of the conditional offer)

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Huddersfield Horizon SCITT, part of South Pennine Academies has been graded by Ofsted as OUTSTANDING in all four areas. “Leaders know trainees ‘inside out’. Leaders really go above and beyond in every respect, including helping to maintain good well-being”. The Huddersfield Horizon SCITT is based at the South Pennine Academies’ Business and Training Centre, and works with secondary and primary schools, based around West Yorkshire, Oldham and Calderdale. Our Partnership includes a range of settings from semi-rural to inner city schools to provide our trainees with a diverse teaching experience. Our trainees cited that their host schools were supportive, always willing to help and “were given all the tools they needed to ‘be a teacher’.” Each trainee is provided with a highly experienced mentor, and also a personal visiting tutor to guide both trainee and mentor through the ITT process. The tutor will visit their trainee at least ONCE every HALF term to ensure they are thriving. The Partnership also provides weekly core training from facilitators who are ‘’inspirational’’ and that encourage our trainees to feel safe taking risks and to develop a fluent teaching style. We pride ourselves on our bespoke and ‘round the clock’ support for each individual trainee so they have the confidence and competence to flourish not only in their first year of teaching but in years to come. We consider that our trainees will be life changers and leaders of the future and we will support YOU beyond your training.

Interview process

Once we receive your application we will assess it against the shortlisting criteria. If the application meets the criteria then we will invite you to an assessment at either the Centre or one of our Partnership schools.

The assessment usually takes half a day (depending upon the number of interviewees on the day) and will involve:

  1. A Teaching and Learning activity involving students. The focus of the activity (usually a small teaching task) will be given to you in advance so that you can prepare
  2. A Teaching and Learning activity given to you on the day. This may involve a joint planning session with a group of applicants
  3. A pre-planned presentation
  4. A formal interview (focusing upon your understanding of the curriculum, assessment, behaviour management; safeguarding etc…)
  5. A subject knowledge assessment given to you on the day

The purpose of the assessment activities above is to assess:

  • Your engagement with young people
  • Your passion for your subject/teaching and learning
  • Your current understanding of teaching and learning and the workings of a school
  • Your level of resilience Your subject knowledge

From the assessment we then make a decision on whether we are to offer you a conditional place and if so, what support we need to offer in advance of you starting the programme.

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

The Huddersfield Horizon SCITT is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum and training access that values and includes all regardless of their physical, sensory and emotional needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the Partnership. Our Accessibility Plan shows how access is to be planned for trainees within a given timeframe and anticipating the need to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate their needs where practicable. Our training centre caters for trainees who are physically disabled. When placing trainees within our partnership schools we will take into consideration the specific needs of the individual and make reasonable adjustments. Equally we are able to source resources which may be of benefit to any trainee with dyslexia in-order to support them in their study and school based training. Our trainees’ wellbeing is of the upmost importance to us. Our trainees complete a Wellbeing Plan which is used to shape the support we offer our trainees. All trainees have access to an Occupational Health Package, including GP and counselling services.

Contact this training provider

South Pennine Academies' Business and Training Centre
The Gateway
West Yorkshire

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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