Park Community School Chemistry (3B7W)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Solent 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.

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


About the course

At the heart of Chemistry is the study of the world around us; from the design of new life-saving medicines to the exploration of space, Chemistry touches every aspect of life.

Following a four-day induction in the final week of August, you are part of the school team from day one, beginning your main school placement in September in line with the academic year.

A shorter six-week placement in January enables you to sample a different school setting before returning to your main school. Our practical ‘hands on’ training means you will spend a substantial amount of time in school.

Whilst most training days take place at Park Community School, school placements will be at a variety of partnership schools. We carefully match candidates to a suitable partnership school.

An experienced school mentor will be assigned to provide support and guide your teaching development. Subject specific sessions to enhance your knowledge are run by Subject Experts and take place for half a day fortnightly.

Subject Experts are current outstanding practitioners who will tailor a programme around your needs and provide up to date advice on subject specific teaching and learning.

Alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) there is the option to add a PGCE qualification validated by the University of Portsmouth. This would involve two sessions at the University with the rest of the content delivered in school.

Assessment will take place in the following ways:

  • Lesson Observations
  • Evidence in your Teachers’ Standards Portfolio
  • Professional conduct throughout the course
  • Reports completed by your mentor for each school experience
  • Effective completion of TL PD and Subject training
  • If applicable - Assignments to meet PGCE requirements

You can expect a challenging but enjoyable year in which you will learn a lot, meet new people and develop as a person and professional.

Well-being is important to us so we organise a variety of activities and provide expert advice on managing stress, workload and effective use of time.

School placements

We offer a unique combination of five school experiences, including Key Stage 2, 5 and Special School experiences, as part of our varied programme.

Aspiring teachers begin with a main secondary school placement in September and are part of the school staff from the start of the year which is hugely advantageous.

A second six-week placement in a contrasting school takes place in January before returning to the main school placement until the course ends in late June.

Primary, Sixth Form and Special School visits are incorporated within the programme enabling a chance to look at different Education sectors.

When arranging school placements, we consider the travel distance for candidates and use our experience to find a best-fit option.

Our partnership schools are committed to teacher training and all have employed previous trainees on successful completion of the course.

Interview process

The interview will be with two members of the SCITT team and/or subject specialists. We aim to interview within 7 working days if possible and will email out a detailed overview of the interview process.

The interview comprises of:

  • A microteach of up to 5 minutes in an area of the subject you have chosen to teach
  • A formal interview
  • A GCSE examination paper of the subject you have chosen to teach to demonstrate subject knowledge
  • Completion of a professional task to demonstrate an understanding of school life and the responsibilities of a teacher

Candidates are asked to bring original GCSE and Degree Certificates with them for the interview along with three forms of ID.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
International students £9,000

Fees for The Solent SCITT programme to obtain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE qualification are £9000 or Qualified Teacher Status only is £8000.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

We offer guidance on the payment of bursaries and help with any financial queries you might have.



In line with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) entry criteria, applicants must have achieved the following before training induction:

  • a degree of a UK university, higher education institution or an acceptable equivalent at 2.2 or above before training begins

  • a standard equivalent to a grade 4/Grade ‘C’ in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics. We accept relevant equivalency tests.

Applicants with a non-UK degree and qualifications achieved a will be required to demonstrate equivalence with UK standards through NARIC

For more information on entry requirements, please visit [The Solent] SCITT website (

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with enthusiasm and a passion for teaching and making a difference to young people.

Other requirements

You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and an Occupational Health Assessment to assess fitness for teaching.

About the training provider

Calling upon years of school expertise and current teaching practitioners, The Solent SCITT offer a practical school-centred route where you can learn on the job from real teachers in real classrooms.

Classroom theory is important but in the same way a surgeon needs significant ‘hands on’ practical training to hone their craft, so do teachers.

We offer primary and secondary teacher training in a range of subjects and the opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a PGCE option. We welcome graduates, career changers, Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors of all ages and backgrounds.

Graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2015, we have a proven track record of high-quality training delivered and designed by expert teachers.

It is important to us that SCITT trainees gain employment and to date 100% of primary and secondary trainees seeking employment have secured a job on completion of the course.

Feedback tells us that SCITT candidates stand out among their peers due to their superior school experience and we prepare candidates with mock interviews.

We have a personalised approach to training with candidates assigned a SCITT team member alongside their school mentor and Subject Expert providing an effective three-pronged support framework.

Well-being is important to us so we organise a variety of activities and provide expert advice on managing stress, workload and effective use of time.

Training with The Solent SCITT comes with additional perks such as free gym membership at Park Community School and full-time use of a laptop with the latest software.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all applications and will make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. If you have a disability, please provide full details on your teacher training application so we can help in any way we can and find a suitable placement to meet your needs.

Contact details

The Dickinson Centre, Park Community School
Middle Park Way


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