Pennine Lancashire SCITT Chemistry (2CFT)

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
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. There are many reasons to study chemistry, even if you aren’t pursuing a career in science.

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners… you name it. Chemistry sometimes is called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science.

The PL SCITT chemistry course will provide you with a wealth of practical teaching experience. However, it is carefully designed to ensure you are prepared for your first lessons in the classroom and laboratory. We ensure you receive the necessary training in laboratory safety, preparation and planning so that you are confident when you first stand in front of the class.

Your subject training includes the PTI new teacher training days. Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) lead subject pedagogy sessions, which don’t just allow you to gain knowledge of the best practical teaching approaches but also give you the opportunity to share ideas with other trainees in a wide range of schools.

You will be assessed both for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and through written assignments for Post Graduate Certification (PGCE). They are separate awards however, and the whilst the QTS will be assessed by ourselves within the SCITT, the PGCE will be assessed by your university tutors.

School placements

The Training Programme is designed by experienced professional practitioners who share a passion for teaching and learning. Our common commitment is to ensure that our next generation of teachers is equipped on every level - personally, intellectually and professionally - to inspire new generations of learners in our schools.

The lead schools that form our SCITT partnership are

The Hollins, Accrington Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson and Tor View School.

Placements can be at any of our wider partners from across East Lancashire.

Throughout, you will be challenged, stretched, encouraged and driven to become an outstandingly good teacher. You will be trained in at least two of the partner schools in order to gain contrasting experiences of educational issues, such as discipline/behaviour management, for example.

Since 2021 we have established a European partnership with “Teaching Together in Europe. This partnership means our trainees can apply to spend 6 weeks in our of European partner schools - The English College in Prague, The British School in Brussels and St George’s, Rome.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Marsden Heights Community College
Edge End Lane, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 0PR
Haworth Street, , Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, BB5 3EA
The Hollins
The Hollins, , Hollins Lane, Accrington, Other, BB5 2QY

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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.

Please contact us to check we will accept any equvalency you hold

Personal qualities

We seek trainees with:

-commitment to protect and safeguard children and young-people;

-passion to deliver the highest quality of educational standards;

-genuine liking for and understanding of children and young-people;

-high standards of personal and professional conduct;

-an ability to be an independent and autonomous learner;

-commitment to continual personal and professional development.

Our trainees will have the following competencies:

~Humility, respect and empathy.

~Respect and value the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds of others.

~Excellent communication skills.

~Work collaboratively and supportively with colleagues.

~Manage time effectively.

~Find solutions to complex situations or issues.

~Adapt to new situations.

~Be reflective.

Other requirements

As a safer recruitment provider, we are committed to safeguarding children. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a course requirement and is completed ahead of starting the programme.

We complete checks of relevant suspension and prohibited lists. We ask you to disclose any information that would subsequently be made known to us through the DBS process, and/or other relevant disclosures to be investigated as part of our safeguarding responsibilities.

If successful, you will also be required to complete a health check to assess if you are fit to teach.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Ours is an Initial Teacher Training and Education partnership, founded on decades of highly successful teacher training experience and informed by the latest educational research.

The core of our partnership comprises three strong schools plus a wider partnership with schools across East Lancashire. We work closely with Tor View Special School who lead on our primary programmes and on SEND. The Embrace Teaching School Hub is a strategic partner.

The Hollins, Accrington (the lead school) Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson
Tor View Special School, Haslingden Embrace Teaching School Hub Leeds Beckett University- who have a proven track record in ITE

Our Programme - has several key features:

38-week programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status, Post Graduate Certification and M Level credits worth around 30% of a Masters degree; a focus on Child Development that runs throughout the course, and which offers trainees experience in an Early Years setting, Primary School, Pupil Referral Unit, Special School and Sixth Form experience.

Key aspects of our Professional Studies Programme:

  • In-depth subject specific pedagogy to equip you to teach your subject effectively in the classroom
  • Consistent focus on behaviour management strategies to give you the practical skills to teach
  • Substantial experience in a contrasting placement
  • Coverage of the national priorities of literacy, numeracy & EAL
  • Practical training on how the latest educational research and learning theory can be put into practice in the classroom.
  • close links to Research Schools with lecture delivered by ELEs

Interview process

Our interview procedure is a rigorous process, including a panel interview, subject knowledge audit and mini teach.

Further details of the interview process will be given to those successful at the first stage of the application process.

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

See our website for more information on how we support candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Contact this training provider

The Hollins
Hollins Lane

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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