EAST SCITT Chemistry (S056)

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

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.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
Up to 2 years - part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Training starts in early September 2023 through to June 2025.

Our SCITT provides you with an ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum which develops trainees’ knowledge, understanding and skills incrementally. Our curriculum is designed and delivered by experienced practising teachers and expert trainers to ensure your training prepares you for the needs of the modern classroom and enables you to start your teaching career equipped with the best combination of knowledge and skills.

A crucial aspect of this programme is the five-day induction period, which you attend fully, followed by four innovative intensive teaching practice weeks strategically placed throughout the programme to ensure you are not only prepared to commence your first teaching placement in mid–September, but also to enable you to have a full understanding of the four key threads of our curriculum which we consider fundamental to trainee success:

  • Managing behaviour and high expectations

  • Classroom practice and how pupils learn

  • Assessment for learning

  • Adaptive teaching.

You will receive training on the most up to date thinking for teaching across the primary subjects from experts in their field.

Weekly training sessions provide an opportunity for linking theory to practice and meeting up with your fellow trainees to share and to work collaboratively. It also provides you with the ongoing supportive relationship with the SCITT team.

Full cohort sessions are based at one of our training centres at Farlingaye High School or Kesgrave High School.

School Placements

  • See section below.


You will be provided with regular formative feedback to help you progress in your teaching skills through:

  • observation of your lessons * assessment tasks

  • your reflections linking theory from training to your practice in the classroom.

There are three formal reviews of progress throughout your training, with the final assessment to gain Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the summer term. Written submissions are evenly spread throughout the programme.

The well-being of our trainees is of the utmost importance to us. We take pride in the personalised provision we offer trainees and have a comprehensive support structure in place to ensure all aspects of your training are successful.

During year 2 you will undertake the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education – 60 Master credits). Assignment preparation lectures are held locally. Trainees undertake 3 additional assignments. Award is validated by University of Buckingham.

School placements

Your placements are carefully selected to ensure they give excellent but contrasting experiences whilst considering a reasonable travelling distance from your home.

We have established excellent working relationships with our Professional Tutors and School Mentors and try to match our trainees with their mentor to build strong professional relationships.More information on our partnership schools can be found here

As a part-time trainee, you’ll have two placement schools. In Year 1, you will be exclusively at School A. In Year 2 between September and February you will undertake a placement in School B. You will then return to School A.

Our training programme is for a specified age range (11-16). We strive to provide experiences at special schools, pupil referral units and alternative educational settings.

School experience is at the heart of our training programme. Our expert school-based mentors will provide you with an outstanding foundation on which to build your future career alongside a designated Senior Link (Professional Tutor) who will be work closely with the SCITT team to ensure that you have great input and support which allows you to develop rapidly. You will also be supported by a SCITT tutor who will monitor your progress and provide with additional support.

As a part time trainee, you will have two days in your school placement during year one of the programme, whilst also attending the one day weekly full cohort training. In year two, you will have two and a half days in school, plus one afternoon studying either with the part time cohort as self study.

“You have made the start of training to teach a fantastic experience. I have able learned so much from everyone. The organisation has been top drawer!”

“The training sessions have been really inspiring. Having the opportunity to learn theory and then go and see it in the classroom has been so useful.”

“I chose EAST SCITT because they went the extra mile to support my decision to train to teach. absolutely the right decision, they have supported and guided me through a tough, but rewarding journey to a fully qualified teacher.”

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Must be a science related degree

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.

There will be costs incurred by yourself to achieve equivalency tests.

We will consider accepting equivalency tests in lieu of GCSE English & Maths ( grade 4 (C) or above ) on an individual basis.

Personal qualities

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with students and adults

  • Analytical and reflective in order to improve

  • Self-aware

  • Potential to develop strong subject knowledge

  • Excellent skills in communication, time-management, planning and organisation

  • Enthusiastic and committed

  • Show humility, respect and empathy

  • Have high expectations

  • A positive and engaging presence

  • Evidence of creative thinking and appropriate risk taking to solve problems

  • Confidence to lead learning and the work of others

  • Strong literacy and numeracy skills

  • A team player

  • Sense of purpose

  • Sense of humour

Other requirements

EAST SCITT follow the Safer Recruitment procedures as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 version.

This includes but is not limited to:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training. Arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

Checking the Prohibited Teachers List

Checking references and gaining reassurance where necessary

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £11,500
International students £11,500

The fees above include the PGCE element of the programme in addition to the QTS.

If you are unsure at the time of applying, we recommend you apply for both programmes with us, and we will discuss these options more fully with you at the interview stage. The QTS only part time programme will be £10500 in total ( correct as at 01/10/2022)

Financial support from the training provider

You don’t have to apply for a Department of Education bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course.

You may 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.

About the training provider

EAST SCITT was accredited in July 2020 as a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider offering primary and secondary school-based initial teacher training awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the additional option of gaining Post-Graduate Certificate in Education accredited by the University of Buckingham.

EAST SCITT has been formed and is run by a team of expert professionals in the world of initial teacher training who are all practising teachers. As former Teaching School Alliances, we have a long-term proven track record of delivering high quality training and have the skills and expertise required to facilitate all aspects of our programmes. Our excellent reputation for supporting potential trainee teachers from the point of considering a career as a teacher, to developing into a leadership role within schools in Suffolk is second to none.

Formed and driven by a team of expert current professionals from Farlingaye & Kesgrave High Schools and Springfield Junior School, we are delighted to be working with over 40 urban and rural Ofsted good and outstanding partner schools in Suffolk. Our trainers are excellent practising teachers selected carefully from our wealth of partnership schools. The number and geographical area of schools which we work with enables us to ensure you have appropriate placements. We have one goal: to train outstanding teachers, committed to the excellence of all in the classroom. From our first cohort of 40+ full time trainee teachers gaining QTS, over 98% of those seeking jobs have secured teaching roles in Suffolk and beyond.

Interview process

Our recruitment and selection process is designed to allow us to make the right decisions for you as an applicant and for our placement schools.

Once we receive your application, it will be considered by the Secondary Support Lead / Subject Lead and the SCITT Director.

We encourage applicants to find out more about us by visiting our website. We welcome the opportunity to chat to you about our programme at a mutually convenient time.

On the day of the interview:

  • Welcome by a member of the SCITT team
  • Document check
  • A teaching task - to deliver a 20 minute session to a small group of pupils
  • Completion of a Subject Audit Form
  • A written reflective subject task
  • An interview with panel typically comprising of the SCITT Director or Secondary Support Lead and one other expert, such as a Secondary SCITT Tutor, Subject Lead or Senior Leader from one of our partnership schools
  • Completion of a Subject Audit Form
  • A written reflective subject task
  • A chance to ask questions and a discussion about next steps.

Outcomes are advised in a timely manner through the Apply system and by telephone call and/or email. Offers are conditional offers at this stage. Unsuccessful candidates are offered feedback on their performance.

All trainees offered a place must:

  • Pass a Fitness to Teach medical assessment;
  • Undergo an enhanced DBS check and all safer recruitment processes to verify their suitability to work with young people.

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

EAST SCITT and its partnership schools are committed to supporting each and every one of our trainees.

We aim to promote and implement an inclusive learning and teaching environment, allowing you to study independently.

We are here to support you and would encourage you to contact us prior to the interview stage should you have any concerns, so we can help identify any appropriate adjustments to meet your individual needs.

Once you have applied for our course, there will be opportunities for you to discuss your particular needs and we will work closely with you to ascertain the impact of your condition on your studies. It may be you require:

  • deadlines to be extended;

  • workshops to be recorded;

  • powerpoint presentations in advance of workshops

  • photocopying on coloured paper

  • wheelchair access

With your permission, we will ask your SCITT tutor to work with you providing support and guidance. We need to ensure that all elements of your training period make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to provide every opportunity for you to succeed.

Contact this training provider

01473 624855 ext 1254 07709138257
C/O Kesgrave High School
Main Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich

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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