Grazebrook Primary School
Chemistry (34JT)

QTS full time

Accredited body
King's College London (University of London)
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

As a trainee with us, you will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment. We will support you to develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. Right from the beginning you will be treated like a member of our staff and be expected to take part in all aspects of school life.

We believe that the School Direct Programme is pivotal in our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning in our schools and we feel privileged to be able to nurture and develop new and exciting talent in to the profession. All of our past trainees have moved immediately into employment following their training year with us.

Chemistry is a fascinating and challenging subject that attempts to explain the world using our understanding of atomic structure and how atoms interact with each other.

At Mossbourne and The UCL - IOE the Chemistry training course will help you to develop the professional skills and knowledge you need to teach all aspects of science to pupils at least up to age 16, as well as chemistry to pupils aged up to 18. The course is committed to creative approaches to teaching science, and you will be encouraged to develop resources during the programme.

The UCL - IOE has a team of experienced tutors have previously been classroom teachers and heads of school science departments, and have worked in industry. They are actively involved in science education research, work on national curriculum development, and lead sessions for Science Learning Centre London, including the post-PGCE Subject Knowledge Enhancement Chemistry course.

Mossbourne staff will help you develop and acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, particularly chemistry, and we will guide and support you in developing your subject knowledge. You are expected to engage with reading and research in science education and to regularly reflect upon your own progress.

The course covers health and safety, management of teaching and learning in laboratories and outdoors, the use of ICT, facilitating small group discussion, meeting pupils' special needs, and assessment.

Interview process

After an initial screen to check you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will be read by an expert panel who will invite successful applicants to interview. Our university partner, UCL Institute of Education, will review all applications and may also join us on interview days.

The interview is likely to include:

  • Planning and teaching a guided group in which you will be observed to see how you interact with children. A reflective discussion of your session.
  • A written task, designed to assess the quality of candidates' written English and their understanding of current issues in Education.
  • A maths task.
  • Formal interview with members of the Selection Panel.

Demand for places is always high and so a rigorous and thorough recruitment process ensures that only the very best applicants are accepted onto the course.

Candidates will be advised of the exact format of the interview in advance.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be offered a conditional place subject to:

• Satisfactory references

• Satisfactory Fitness to Teach assessment

• Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service record check (DBS)

• Satisfactory completion of 5 days volunteering within the school.

The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that the School Direct Programme is the right decision for both the candidate and the school. It is also an opportunity for us to gain information about you to inform the initial needs analysis, the setting of pre-course tasks and your personal training plan.

How school placements work

Our high performing Secondary schools are all very experienced at supporting trainees throughout their training year and as a trainee you could be placed in any one of our schools.

You will also join the outstanding School Direct Salaried programme at the Institute of Education and have full access to the University's facilities throughout the year.

The Salaried programme involves attending a programme of lectures and workshops spread across the academic year.

These sessions will engage with generic and subject specific areas and will encourage you to become a reflective teacher.

You will also be assigned a university tutor who will help to create your bespoke training programme as well as support your development as a teacher through tutorials, visits to school and guidance with assignments.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

International students are not eligible for the School Direct Tuition Fee route.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A degree at 2.1 or above is required however a 2:2 will be accepted if candidates can demonstrate an aptitude for teaching.

The subject content of their degree must meet the requirements of the subject specialism they are intending to teach. Candidates must be able to demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge. If the degree is not in the subject specialism, the applicant must demonstrate the equivalent degree level knowledge.

Candidates must be in possession of appropriate prior qualifications and GCSE grade C or equivalent in English and Mathematics.

Candidates should be able to communicate clearly in both written and spoken English.

Personal qualities

For our secondary places, we are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range.

We welcome applications from any candidate who seeks to put students first and improve the life chances of young people.

A passion for your subject and recent experience within the British education system should also be reflected in any application.

Guidelines are deliberately vague as Mossbourne Academy will consider the individual merits of each and every application in an effort to recruit the next generation of outstanding teachers.

Other requirements

Prior to the start of the course the provider will ensure that the trainee has no criminal convictions which might prevent them working with children or young people, or as a teacher, and that they have not previously been excluded from teaching or from working with children. Candidates will be required to submit to police checks through the DBS procedure (at Enhanced Disclosure Level).

About the training provider

The New Wave Teaching School Alliance offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn in a range of exciting and innovative primary, secondary and special schools.

The partnership consists of four high-performing primary schools, one exceptional secondary and one highly successful, outstanding graded all through special school. All the primary applications will be led by Grazebrook Primary School and all the secondary applications will be led by Mossbourne Community Academy.

The lead school, Grazebrook Primary School, Woodberry Down Community Primary School, Mossbourne Community Academy, Mossbourne Riverside and The Garden, are all outstanding schools who are leaders in their fields. All schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident learners achieving the highest standards possible.

As a group of schools we share the same vision for Initial Teacher Training. We are passionate about teaching, supporting and nurturing the next generation of teachers and ensure that all of our trainees receive the very best professional development. As a result of this drive to produce the very best leaders of learning, all of our 2017 / 2018 trainee cohort were graded as Outstanding.

For more information about us or the School Direct programme please visit our website of contact us on the address below.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Training with disabilities and other needs

At New Wave Teaching School, we welcome applications from graduates with disabilities. We fundamentally believe that there is an important place for teachers with disabilities within the teaching profession and our schools are committed to supporting future trainees fully.

If potential applicants are interested in finding out more information about ways in which we can support, please do get in touch.

All information will be treated sensitively and in confidence.


Contact details

0208 802 4051
Grazebrook Primary School
Lordship Road
Stoke Newington
N16 0QP


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Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 18Y
  • Training programme code: 34JT

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Mossbourne Academy
Downs Park Road, London E58JY
Yes M

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