Chemistry with City Excellence in Teaching Accredited provider: e-Qualitas

Course offered
QTS full time with salary
Financial support

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

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

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

About the course

Our Chemistry School Direct Training programme closely mirrors the UCL (IOE) PGCE course. You experience two placements in schools within our cluster of schools. City Excellence in Teaching is a school direct route and allows you an immersive experience. You will work within our partner schools, and become part of a larger community of committed professionals. You will be part of our team.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about working in an inner-London context and see the teaching of Chemistry as significantly contributing to the life chances of young people.

For more information about the partnership with UCL (IOE) see their website here:

To find out more about our offer please go to our website:

Interview process


Your application form is received by Mulberry School for Girls, as the lead school for the City Excellence in Teaching partnership. If you meet the requirements for entry then our administrator will contact you to tell you which schools have vacancies for the salaried route and to ask you which schools you would like us to pass your application on to. Once you confirm this, the potential ‘employing school’ will consider your application and let you know if you are being invited to stage one of the selection process. This will be held at the ‘employing school’.

The Stage 1 process includes:

  • Delivering a teaching sequence
  • A written task
  • A panel interview.

At Stage 1 we are looking to see that you have the potential to be a successful trainee teacher. We want to know why you are interested in teaching in inner London, and what drives your passion for teaching.

If you are successful in stage one of the selection process you will be recommended to UCL (IOE) who hold stage 2.

Stage 2:

E-Qualitas hold stage 2 of the selection process. They will set you pre-training activities to complete and will conduct a school visit, meeting you at your employing school.

Examples of pre-training activities can be found here:

How school placements work

City Excellence is a school based ITE programme which offers you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner-city context and the opportunity to teach in two or three of the cluster schools.

Our schools employ you as a member of teaching staff through this programme and so salaries are set by the employing school. You teach a timetable at the school that is reduced to support you in your in your training. You will complete most of your year in your employing school, becoming very much part of the school. You will be mentored by subject specialists who are practising teachers in the schools as well as by experts from e-Qualitas.

You will complete a 6 week placement in a contrasting school. There is a lot of diversity within our cluster of schools. One benefit of applying to train to teach through us is that you know that all of your placements will be within a pre-defined local area. This offers you security and means that you can research the schools in advance. You will experience teaching in different settings and this will deepen your understanding of inner-city learning contexts. Our cluster includes primary and secondary schools and so there is an opportunity to teach for a short period in a different phase.


School Direct (salaried) trainees are employed by a school and paid a salary as a teacher. A grant from the DfE contributes to the cost of your employment and covers the training costs.

The salary ranges between £17,718 to £30,573 for maintained schools (but this will vary by school and subject and experience of the trainee)

City Excellence in Teaching only recruits for salaried positions that attract grant funding from the Department for Education.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



The Department for Education requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/5 or above.

e-Qualitas does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. Information about equivalency testing can be found here:

Personal qualities

-Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for you subject

-Good subject knowledge and a commitment to professional development if necessary

-Commitment to working with young people in an inner-city context

-Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet

-Evidence of good interpersonal skills

-Awareness of current educational issues

-Ability to reflect and respond to professional critique

  • Good organisation skills

-A desire for social justice and a belief in the power of education to change lives.

Our website provides a snapshot of our offer and what life is like as a CET trainee..

Other requirements

• Salaried applicants must have work experience. This could be in schools or in industry. The recommendation is 3 years, but this is flexible depending on the type of experience and how relevant it is to the subject you wish to teach. In secondary ‘shortage’ subjects 18 months of work experience is considered.

• All successful applicants must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests after gaining a conditional offer.

• All successful applicants will need to complete a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) to vet the background of persons working in schools.

About the training provider

City Excellence in Teaching is an innovative school-based initial teacher education (ITE) programme devised and facilitated by a cluster of fifteen schools with an excellent history of high quality ITE provision. We offer you the experience of working within a thriving and successful inner city context. Our schools are mostly in Tower Hamlets with one school in Southwark and another in Greenwich. We work in partnership with UCL Institute of Eduction, Kings College London and EQualitas who we register our school direct trainees with, and with whom you will gain your accreditation. We work with different providers for different subjects and phases in order to ensure the highest quality provision.

Our mission is to ensure high quality teacher education with a specific focus on teaching in a global inner city context. We are incredibly proud of the education we provide for young people in Tower Hamlets and are keen to work with trainee teachers who share our passion and commitment to ensure the best for inner city children. We offer supplementary training through our ‘Enhanced Professional Studies’ programme. This is an addition to training provided by your placement school and our partner HEIs and SCITT. These sessions bring trainees together from across our cluster and builds a network of professionals who have chosen to begin their career in inner London. We ensure that you are prepared to meet the challenges, and make the most of the opportunities, that this unique context brings.

For more information please see our website:

About the accredited provider

e-Qualitas is a School Centered Initial Teacher Training provider.

The key strengths of this provider are:

  • Highly personalised training that is very well structured to enable trainees, with support, to take control of their own development.
  • Expert visiting tutors who provide excellent individualised training for trainees.
  • Rigorous and well-embedded quality assurance systems that lead to continually improving provision and to the promotion of high quality outcomes for trainees.
  • e-Qualitas has high aspirations and expectations that result in a partnership that has an outstanding reputation with its trainees, former trainees and schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The central aim of City Excellence in Teaching is to provide the highest quality training experience for all in order to secure the best experience for all participants and as a consequence ensure the best educational opportunities for all pupils. As such, we are committed to an Equal Opportunity policy which enables all trainees to feel secure and confident, and to succeed to the best of their abilities.

City Excellence in Teaching has a commitment to placing the promotion of equality and diversity at the centre of every aspect of its work. We will implement all legal and local requirements, but also go beyond this to ensure our trainees needs are met.

If you would like to discuss specific needs with us, then please do contact us at

Contact details

Mulberry School for Girls, Richard Street
Commercial Road
Greater London
E1 2JP


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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: 1CW
  • Training programme code: 29ZZ

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Mulberry School for Girls, Richard Street, Commercial Road, London E1 2JP

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