Cleeve School Science (R110)

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

Accredited body
The University of Gloucestershire
Financial support
Student finance 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 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This fantastic PGCE course with a Secondary focus, will allow you to specialise in teaching Science from Year 7 up to Year 13.

You will have an immersive experience in two placements within our partner schools alongside specialist training at our brand new Cleeve Training Hub facility, where you will cover up-to-date relevant educational issues, useful teaching and learning strategies and be given time for reflection and research. There will also be opportunities to further your learning during visits to the University of Gloucestershire.

The breadth of knowledge gained through this wide range of experience, will be invaluable upon your qualification at the end of the course.

School placements

There will be 2 placements as part of this course:

Placement 1 - September to December.

Placement 2 – January to June.

Both placements will take place in secondary schools and trainees will have the opportunity to teach up to Key Stage 5 during the academic year. Additionally, there will be opportunities during the academic year to gain experience in a primary and SEND setting.

Throughout the course, additional specialist training will be given each Friday within the Cleeve Training Hub.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Churchdown School
Winston Road, , Churchdown, , Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2RB
Cleeve School
Two Hedges Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 8AE
Trinity High School
Easemore Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8HB
Winchcombe School
Greet Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5LB

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in science 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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees with a genuine passion for their subject and a desire to impart this to the next generation. We are seeking individuals who show a skill for working with young people and the understanding of what this will involve.

We hope to recruit trainees with a growth mindset, who are keen to develop and are able to listen to feedback and advice in order to make continuous progress towards becoming an outstanding teacher.

We want to work with personable trainees who are fun and engaging.

Other requirements

We believe it is important to have some experience within a school before undertaking the Schools Direct course and will work with prospective trainees to find relevant experience prior to the course start date.

We understand that trainees may already be in employment so we will work to find a suitable way to give trainees on site opportunities.

All course offers are subject to criminal record checks.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We are an exciting and forward-thinking secondary school based in North Cheltenham within easy access from Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We are a large and well-resourced campus with a range of modern facilities including a multi-million pound Sixth Form Centre of excellence and a newly opened purpose built training centre where we base our Schools Direct course.

We have a dynamic and high-performing staff at Cleeve who hold training and teaching and learning at the very heart of what we do. This enables us to offer a course which is facilitated by a range of highly qualified and passionate professionals.

We are proud of the close relationships we hold with our partner schools across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Each school is individual and provides a different experience, but we believe strongly that we all hold the same ethos of putting student achievement and opportunity first and have an unswerving belief in opportunities for all.

About the accredited body

We are very proud of our partnership with our accrediting body the University of Gloucestershire. After years of working closely with the University to host ITT placements, we are now working collaboratively to offer an exciting Schools Direct course for the middle and secondary phase.

We believe that our partnership enables exciting opportunities such as specialised training sessions and allows us to access the wealth of resources on University campus and gives our cohort opportunities to work with trainees beyond our course to share practice and experiences.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be invited to interview either at Cleeve Training Hub, in one of our partner schools or online via TEAMS.

The interview will consist of a short teaching episode to a small group of students, giving the panel opportunity to see how you interact with the students. Information regarding what is expected from this ‘lesson’ will be provided beforehand to allow time for preparation.

This will be followed by an interview panel, consisting of the Head of ITT, the relevant subject lead and where possible, a representative from the University of Gloucestershire.

You will be expected to bring an original copy of a valid form of photographic ID to interview such as passport or driving license. You will also be required to bring in original copies of English and Maths GCSE as well as your degree certificate (if already obtained).

Cleeve Training Hub and the University of Gloucestershire are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect our trainees to share the same commitment, with this in mind, successful applicants will be required to submit references and will undergo a DBS check.

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 are an inclusive institution believing in opportunities for all and pride ourselves on our high expectations of all stakeholders and this applies absolutely to our trainees. We work hard to personalise our course to meet the needs of all our trainees whether it is to differentiate for those who have varying experiences of education or to adapt the learning to ensure that those with disabilities are able not only to access our course but to thrive during their training.

Contact this training provider

Cleeve School, Two Hedges Road,
Bishops Cleeve

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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