Devon and Cornwall Cooperative Alliance
Chemistry (39QV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Devon and Cornwall Co-operative Alliance offer a school direct programme which combines high quality, taught PGCE input at Plymouth Marjon University, with extended placement opportunities to develop you as a teacher and skilled practitioner at two different placement schools. The Co-operative values lie at the heart of our training programme which is tailored to meet individual needs and best prepare trainees for their journey to becoming a newly qualified teacher the following academic year. Being part of our School Direct programme means you are truly part of the culture of the school and are treated as members of staff from day one in the academic year.

Interview process

Tavistock College is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day spent at Tavistock College which includes the formal interview, a student panel exercise, teaching a short episode, some short-written tests for literacy and numeracy and the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils. Our university partner, Plymouth Marjon University, will be involved throughout the day and will have an equal say in the selection. If the placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school may also be involved. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

How school placements work

Trainees are based in their main placement school from the first day in September. You are treated like a member of staff and with that comes the same standard of professional expectation and responsibility. Your main placement lasts for the whole of the Autumn term and the summer term whilst a minimum 6 week block in the Spring term is spent at a second, complementary placement school. During the academic year there are regular University days for the taught PGCE element, subject knowledge days and a range of conferences including behaviour management and diversity issues.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Graduate or equivalent status Relevant Honours degree content to the chosen specialist subject Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at grade C or above (Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above) Good ‘A’ level grade in chosen subject. Equivalent qualifications are considered.

Personal qualities

We advise applicants to gain some school-based experience prior to application. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience at interview. Successful applicants will have a strong academic track record and will be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching your chosen subject and working with young people. They will possess a high level of drive, independence and initiative alongside a commitment to developing learners who are creative and critical students. In addition, they will be able to build strong and effective relationships with both students and colleagues.

Other requirements

Selection based on the information provided on the UCAS Teacher Training application Selection based on a successful interview A medical report which is deemed satisfactory A completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University.

About the training provider

Tavistock College and the Devon and Cornwall Co-operative Alliance are committed to the highest standards of learning for students and staff. All schools in the partnership place the development of staff and the development of teaching and learning at the centre of their drive to improve student achievement. A trainee teacher would be a full part of this. Tavistock College is the lead school for School Direct applications within the Devon and Cornwall Co-operative Alliance. Tavistock College is part of the Dartmoor MAT and the Greater Devon Co-operative Schools Partnership which means there are a range of over twelve schools within the partnership so placements can be tailored to the needs of successful applicants. The training programme is built around the internationally agreed co-operative values of democracy, solidarity, equity, equality, self-help and self-responsibility and we passionately believe that these values can help transform schools and enable successful outcomes for both staff and students. All of the schools benefit hugely from their rural or more urban environment in which they are located and place a significant emphasis on learning outside of the classroom. You would have the opportunity to develop a range of experiences within your placement schools as well as playing a full part in the pastoral provision for their students.

About the accredited body

We work in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University which is rated Good by Ofsted for its Initial Teacher Training. This provision has been praised by the 2014 Ofsted inspection for ‘the quality of assessment arrangements and how well the training is matched to individual trainees’ developmental needs, ensuring that trainees make progress against challenging individual expectations’. A strength of the Partnership is ‘how well the partnership prepares trainees to make them employable, leading to all securing, and remaining in, teaching posts’. (Ofsted 2014) The mentoring model used recognises the need for flexibility in approach because trainees progresses at different speeds.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Schools within our partnership have disabled access. Candidates are supported as appropriate when learning needs have been disclosed.

Contact details

Crowndale Road
PL19 8DD


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Location Vacancies Code
Tavistock College
Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD
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