Bridgewater High School Chemistry (387Q)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Endeavour Learning 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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The course consists of 35 weeks of school centred training from the beginning of September to the end of June in two contrasting schools. Four days a week will be spent in classrooms under the guidance of a Curriculum Mentor who will support and train you at all times to be a highly effective teacher. They will model exemplary practice in planning teaching and assessment to prepare you to be the best teacher you can be.

Our programme will also allocate you an Academic Mentor in school and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year to develop your subject knowledge. In addition, a Professional Mentor in School will ensure you are supported at all times and will oversee the programme . Finally you will have a University Mentor to support your PGCert studies.

Bridgewater is a large school and therefore there is an opportunity for you to focus your teaching and training on your own chosen area of Science ( Chemistry) as well as becoming an experienced teacher of Biology and Physics. We will support you to improve your subject knowledge in all three Sciences.

You will be assessed through observations with your school mentors and feedback will be through timetabled weekly meetings with your Curriculum Mentor and Academic Mentor and at the end of the year you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will also study for a PGCert (Post Graduate Certificate) completing two practical assignments under the guidance of Liverpool John Moores University. You will attend LJMU for one Induction Day and then complete five days of further PGCert studies locally.

PSHE (which becomes compulsory in school in September 2020) has always been an integral part of our programme and all our students complete a professional qualification to become an accredited teacher of PSHE. It is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage their lives, now and in the future. This helps the pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life in modern Britain. Our schools already provide the training and support to prepare teachers of the future for this important role and our students already take an active role in PSHE delivery across KS3 and KS4, delivering lessons to their linked forms. Last year, all our ITT students became accredited teachers of PSHE.

School placements

During your training, you will complete placements at two contrasting secondary schools. These placements will be within TCAT schools, all of which are within a five mile radius in Warrington. This means you can concentrate on your teaching and training rather that spending time commuting to work. These schools are selected to suit your particular training needs and interests to give you the best possible support for your learning.

Four days a week are spent training in classrooms under the guidance of your mentors. On Fridays, throughout the year, the trainee cohort meet together to learn the pedagogy of teaching from experienced current practitioners. Students appreciate the chance to come together as a cohort once a week to exchange ideas and discuss their week together.

A classroom teaching timetable will be devised for you by your Curriculum Mentor and you will gradually take over the teaching of your classes at a pace that suits you. By the end of the first placement you will be teaching 50% of a full timetable over 4 days and this will gradually increase in placement 2. You will also observe other expert practitioners both in your department and across other subject areas.

TCAT prides itself on its inclusivity. Most of our Secondary schools have a Designated Provision and students can gain experience of working within these specialised units as well as working with these children in a mainstream setting.

At the end of your first school placement, if you have successfully met all teaching standards, there will be an opportunity to request a third placement at Priestley Sixth Form College which will allow you to include an extended period working with KS5 students

This is a bespoke course. You will gain experience of our TCAT Primary Schools, our Designated Provisions and Priestley Sixth Form College and gain an insight into EAL during your two weeks of enrichment visits to TCAT schools. In addition, we will provide opportunities for you to extend your experience into specialised educational settings including Special Schools and Alternative Provisions.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for high calibre students with a passion for teaching. You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with young people. You must be flexible, independent, resilient and have the ability to show initiative.

Other requirements

Before starting their training, all trainees will be required to undergo an enhanced criminal record check (DBS) and an on-line health check. All candidates will also have to produce GCSE, A level and Degree certificates in support of their application.

The Department for Education no longer requires students to sit the Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths before starting an ITT course. We will make an assessment of fundamental English and Mathematics knowledge and skills during our selection process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Bridgewater High School is responsible for the design and delivery of TCAT’s ITT programme based at Bridgewater High School in Appleton in South Warrington.

Why train with us?

Your two Secondary placements will take place in contrasting schools in our family of TCAT schools, within a 5 mile radius of the school ensuring you can concentrate on becoming the best teacher possible without a long commute to school.

Our course leads to QTS, a PGCert qualification and PSHE accreditation. All our students successfully completed the course at the end of last year, all were awarded PGCert with its masters’ credits and all became accredited teachers of PSHE.

We provide additional subject knowledge support via our Academic Mentors as well as Curriculum and Professional Mentor support. You will be supported by all our enthusiastic and dedicated staff to ensure you fulfil your potential.

This is a bespoke course and we offer bespoke placements for those wishing to pursue particular areas of development such as Inclusion and STEM. We would encourage you to enrich and expand your experience beyond your two placement schools and experience what the Challenge Academy Trust can offer.

Our inclusive schools enable you to work with students from a diverse range of social backgrounds and from SEND to the most able.

We want you to join us and fulfil your potential and become a highly effective teacher and inspire the next generation to achieve the best for themselves

About the accredited body

QTS is awarded by Endeavour Learning Trust, an outstanding provider of Teacher Training and the PGCert is awarded by Liverpool John Moores University. Our trainees have full access to the University resources to support work on their assignments and are supported by LJMU teaching staff to ensure a high quality learning experience.

Interview process

Your application will be reviewed by the Subject Head of Department and the School Lead and if successful, you will be invited for interview. There will be a short unseen written task to review your grammar, spelling and punctuation and your ability to articulate your points clearly.

We will also ask you to deliver a twenty minutes session to a class of Year 7 pupils on a pre-prepared topic related to the subject you wish to teach. We give you plenty of time to prepare and the support of the class teacher to help you deliver to the best of your ability. Our applicants relish the opportunity to be in front of a class, often for the first time, as it is an opportunity to reinforce and feel confident in their career choice.

This will be observed by some members of the interview panel and will establish your confidence, enthusiasm and communication skills. We will be looking at your personal, interpersonal and communication skills throughout the interview process.

Finally, there will be a formal interview which will draw on the tasks performed during your time spent with us. This will be an opportunity for us to talk further and to discuss your subject knowledge, reflection on any experience you have had in a secondary school, your knowledge of current secondary education issues and your commitment to a career in teaching.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bridgewater High School is an inclusive school for both pupils and members of staff.

We have lifts available to provide access to most teaching areas of the school. Areas of the school are set up to facilitate current members of staff with hearing difficulties and further areas can be created as required. Bridgewater High School is a split site school and transport is provided for all staff to change sites. Staff with and without mobility issues use this facility.

At Bridgewater every member of staff is treated as an individual and we would try to accommodate every applicant that applied to train with us.

Contact this training provider

01925 263919
Bridgewater High School
Broomfields Road, Appleton

Support and advice

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