Cleeve School Science (R110)

PGCE with QTS full time

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


About the course

In this PGCE with secondary school focus, you will specialise in teaching science from year 7 to year 13. You will have the opportunity to teach other science subjects during the course.

You will have 2 placements in our partner schools and specialist training at Cleeve Training Hub throughout the course as well as opportunities for further study at the University of Gloucestershire.

The secondary science course is desirable to those who wish to teach their specialist subject in depth and to a high level and gives excellent experience of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 curriculum.

School placements

You will have 2 placements during the Schools Direct programme. We will work with trainees to find local schools within a short journey from your home address.

Placement 1: September - December 4 days a week in placement school 1 day a week training at Cleeve Hub

Placement 2: January - June 4 days a week in placement school (Until Easter) 1 day a week training at Cleeve Hub (Until Easter) 5 days a week in placement school (April-June)

You will have a dedicated subject mentor in each school with a regular weekly mentor session, as well as a Senior professional mentor.


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.

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 who are keen to develop and are able to listen to feedback and advice in order to make 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 2022 to 2023 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 for both the middle and secondary phase courses. 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

After applying for this course, you will be invited into Cleeve Hub for an interview with a subject lead and the Deputy Headteacher responsible for the Training Hub. During the interview, you will have a short mini ‘lesson’ with a small group of pupils and a short subject knowledge task. You will be given the breakdown of the assessment process in advance in order to better prepare.

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

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

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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