Southport Learning Trust Chemistry (J099)

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

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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

Contents

Course summary

We run a challenging but rewarding School Direct PGCE programme which will help you to secure deep and meaningful knowledge and understanding of teaching within secondary education. The Trust is a dynamic group of schools offering a diverse range of contexts and training enhancements. All schools are well respected in the community for academic and personal development of students through the wider opportunities they provide. The experienced and innovative Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) departments have a real passion for inclusion. We have a successful history of working closely in partnership with Edge Hill University. Edge Hill provides trainees with the academic bedrock of effective teaching and learning. At Edge Hill, your knowledge and understanding of research, both as a consumer and a leader, will be deepened. Within your tutor group, you will engage in preparation for, and reflection of, your professional practices and plan next steps. The cohort is big enough to share ideas and experiences as a learning community, but small enough to offer opportunities for truly tailored provision and personal support. In school, we will guide and coach you in putting theory into practice and develop your pedagogy and craft as a teacher. You will work alongside and be trained by highly skilled, experienced subject specialists who will guide, support and challenge you on your journey to becoming an exceptional practitioner. At Southport Learning Trust you will learn ‘on the job’ and we will ensure that you gain a richly diverse set of experiences in school which will prepare you for a successful career in teaching. You will complete placements in at least two of our schools and visit the other schools for enhancement days such as our Trust primary schools Kew Woods and Bedford Primary. Throughout the year you will be supported by outstanding mentors in our schools as well as a visiting tutor from Edge Hill University who is also your Personal Tutor. If you have any queries, please contact Siobhan Whittaker, Trust Director of Teaching and Learning at dargan_s.te@greenbankhigh.co.uk.

School placements

The schools that could be involved in delivering the training include:

Birkdale High School for Boys (11-16) Greenbank High School for Girls (11-16) Maghull High School (11-18) Meols Cop High School – Research School (11-16) Stanley High School (11-16)

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject is preferred. Other subjects may be considered if you have a relevant A Level (or equivalent qualification) and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement

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.

If you are applying and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry, one of Edge Hill University’s equivalency test programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

Edge Hill offer tutor-led revision courses or standalone tests for applicants who feel they do not need tuition.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit the standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit and develop trainees who will become outstanding teachers and are able to raise the expectations of all children and their families within these communities, thereby improving lifelong opportunities for them.

We are committed to spotting talent for future leadership roles and we promote succession planning to ensure progression opportunities. This starts during the recruitment process, continues throughout our School Direct Training Programme and on into employment.

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

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

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

Financial support information for international students can be found here.

Financial support from the training provider

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE and PGDE students.

You can also make the most of your student experience and take advantage of career enhancing opportunities by applying for financial support from our Student Opportunity Fund.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit our website.

About the training provider

We run a challenging but rewarding School Direct PGCE programme which will help you to secure deep and meaningful knowledge and understanding of teaching within secondary education. The Trust is a dynamic group of schools offering a diverse range of contexts and training enhancements. All schools are well respected in the community for academic and personal development of students through the wider opportunities they provide. The experienced and innovative Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) departments have a real passion for inclusion.

About the accredited body

We have a successful history of working closely in partnership with Edge Hill University. Edge Hill provides trainees with the academic bedrock of effective teaching and learning. At Edge Hill, your knowledge and understanding of research, both as a consumer and a leader, will be deepened. Within your tutor group, you will engage in preparation for, and reflection of, your professional practices and plan next steps.

Interview process

Candidates will be invited to an interview day at one of our partner schools. The day is designed to bring the best out of you and find out about your skills and knowledge which will enable you to become an inspiring teacher.

The process includes:

  • Teaching or discussing the plan of a 20 minute lesson on a topic related to your subject;

  • A 5 minute presentation on “My Inspiration to Teach” and

  • An informal interview.

All required certificates and qualifications will need to be submitted ahead of the date of interview via email.

You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our University partner, Edge Hill University, will be involved throughout and will have an equal say in the selection. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available and to further strengthen the teaching profession. We also believe that this is a two-way process, allowing candidates the chance to confirm that teaching is the right career path for them.

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

Edge Hill’s Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.

Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.

We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise you about:

  • Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

  • Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

  • The benefits of a Student Support Plan

  • Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

  • Reasonable adjustments to support your study

  • Exam modifications and alternative assessments

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Support whilst on placement

  • Disclosure and Confidentiality

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • PEEPs

Some students decide to wait until they have started their studies before coming to see us, but contacting us before you start is the best way to make sure that support you may need is in place.

Contact this training provider

Email
swhittaker@southportlearningtrust.org
Telephone
07747622760

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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