The South Downs School Direct Partnership Chemistry (364S)

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

Accredited body
The South Downs SCITT
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

Aim of Programme:

  • Provide trainees with an education of high quality at master’s level within an environment of school-based research and enquiry;
  • Progressively develop essential subject and phase knowledge for a heightened understanding of pedagogical expertise;
  • Support the development of an inclusive pedagogy that values equality and diversity and challenges inequality with confidence;
  • Embed creativity, commitment and enthusiasm for innovative classroom practice, together with the knowledge, intellectual and professional skills required to inspire, educate and nurture all learners;
  • Engender an understanding and critical awareness of relevant policy, theory and practice related to schooling in general and the partnership schools of the South Downs SCITT in particular, with the ability to apply these in the workplace;
  • Create opportunities for trainee teachers to begin to define their own positions with respect to their own developing professional and philosophical frameworks;
  • Develop trainee teachers’ ability to evaluate and analyse their academic and professional progress in order to understand that teaching is a process of lifelong professional learning, including developing transferable skills as appropriate for employment in education.

Programme Content: SCITT Experience: SCITT Training Days will be at Durrington High School on Fridays. These will include Professional Studies and Subject Study (some trainees will have subject study at different locations and times). The SCITT will deliver aspects of training and provides academic support with the preparation and assessment of the three PGCE assignments, tutor visits, quality assurance and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.

School Partnership: School Experience: typically 4 days a week from September to July. The school will deliver some of the professional and subject study in accordance with the programme requirements and documentation and jointly assesses the trainee against the Teachers’ Standards.

PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education): All trainees will undertake the academic award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M Level). The University of Brighton moderates and awards for the PGCE.

School placements

School Based Experience: All trainees are expected to work in school for the entire academic year – September through to July.

For the recommendation of QTS, all trainees will be formally assessed in 2 consecutive Key Stages: Primary (5-11) Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Secondary (11-16) Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

The time in school will include the following: Majority of time in First School with 6 weeks in Second School 3-5 days in Early Years (Primary) 3-5 days in Key Stage 3 (Primary) 3-5 days Special School experience 3-5 days Primary (Secondary) 3-5 days KS5 (Secondary)

All of our partnership schools are based in West Sussex and have good transport links. This means our trainees typically travel less than 30 minutes to reach their placement school. We organise placement 1 and 2 for you.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1JX
St Oscar Romero Catholic School
Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 5AF
The Angmering School
Station Road, Angmering, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN16 4HH
The Littlehampton Academy
Fitzalan Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 6FE
Worthing High School
South Farm Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 7AR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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 do not offer equivalency tests but we will accept them from some providers, for example:

  • Equivalency Testing
  • A Star Equivalency

Personal qualities

  • Resilience;
  • An ability to listen to and act on feedback;
  • An effective communicator;
  • A true passion for teaching and your subject;
  • A genuine interest in how children learn;
  • High expectations for yourself and for our students.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Durrington High School is Lead School for Primary and Secondary School Direct through The South Downs SCITT (an Outstanding Provider). The South Downs partnership is based in Worthing in West Sussex. It offers School Direct training in general primary education (five to 11 years) and secondary (11 to 16 years). Subjects offered at secondary: art, biology, chemistry, computing, drama, English, geography, history, mathematics, physical education, physics and religious education. Trainees who successfully complete their training achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The PGCE is awarded by the University of Brighton. You will have access to the facilities at the SCITT, Research School, your placement schools and the university library. You will typically have a day each week working with other trainees to reflect and develop your practice and four days each week in schools working with the young people in our locality. Our course is full time for one year and commences in September. You will teach across two consecutive age ranges/phases and experience teaching in at least two contrasting schools as well as completing training in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

About the accredited body

The South Downs SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) is a provider based in Worthing in West Sussex. The SCITT is part of Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) and shares accommodation with Durrington High School and the research school. There is a strong partnership with local schools and the partners are spread throughout the West Sussex local authority. The SCITT is an Ofsted Outstanding Provider. Trainees in the SCITT are exceptionally well taught and prepared to meet the rigours of the classroom with confidence.

Interview process

During the interview candidates are introduced to the SCITT programme and to the school. They complete a written task, a presentation, a subject knowledge task, a teaching activity and a formal interview. You have the opportunity to meet SCITT colleagues and ask questions about the course.

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

We will discuss how we can support each applicant individually. We can make reasonable adjustments to training. Our schools all have appropriate facilities to accommodate candidates with disabilities. Candidates with dyslexia can access extra time for assignments.

Contact this training provider

01903 705671
Durrington High School
The Boulevard
West Sussex
BN13 1JX

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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