Learners First Schools Partnership
Chemistry (255Z)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Sheffield Hallam University
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This program is delivered jointly by Learners First Schools Partnership (LFSP) and Sheffield Hallam University. You will spend 85% of your time in one of our partner schools, with the other 15% spent attending training sessions facilitated by SLE’s or university tutors. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded QTS and a PGCE.

You will be primarily based at your ‘home’ school, but will be expected to attend to attend training sessions at various local venues.

LFSP offer two School Direct Secondary ITT routes – salaried and non-salaried. On the salaried route you are employed by your ‘home’ school and paid on the UQT Scale point 1. Trainees on the salaried route are expected to be able to potentially undertake a higher teaching commitment. The salaried route is generally best suited to those trainees that have broad experience within a school setting. On the salaried route the tuition-fee is payable by LFSP; on the non-salaried route it is the responsibility of the trainee to pay the tuition-fee, but subject to eligibility they could access Student Finance if they so wished.

Interview process

Subject to eligibility checks, you will be invited to attend an interview via UCAS, as well as email invitation from a member of the LFSP team. At your interview, there will be a formal interview, as well as a variety of other tasks throughout the process in order for the panel to observe your interaction with the pupils. You will be informed of these tasks prior to interview. A decision as to whether or not you will be offered a place on this program will be made, and you will be informed of this decision via UCAS.

How school placements work

All school placements are arranged and organised by LFSP, and you will spend time in at least 2 contrasting schools, as well as gaining additional post-16 experience if required. Whilst consideration is taken with regards to the location of your placement school/s in relation to your home address, trainees should anticipate that they could possibly have to travel up to 1 hour to reach their placement school. The average travel time to a placement school is 10-30 minutes.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,500

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

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

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



UK BA/BSc degree (or equivalent) 2.2 or above, in a relevant subject to that of which you wish to teach in. Applications for MFL will be considered without a languages degree dependant on the candidate’s fluency. SKE’s are available for some subjects to deepen subject knowledge if required and applicable – please contact us if you’re unsure of the relevancy of your degree in relation to your chosen ITT program.

English & Maths GCSEs Grade C/4 or above (or equivalents)

Professional Skills Tests – Numeracy & Literacy

(Applications may still be considered if the above aren’t complete prior to interview)

Personal qualities

  • High level of motivation
  • Strong work ethic
  • Potential to become an effective classroom leader
  • Good communicator and listener
  • Patience, adaptability, resilience, team-work, imagination
  • Positive expectations
  • Be organized, and have great time management
  • Passion for your subject.

Let us know why you want to teach, and provide evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching. Previous experience is not compulsory, but if you do have relevant work/voluntary experience, please include this on your application. Tell us about the range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching.

Other requirements

Satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance

About the training provider

Learners First Schools Partnership is an inclusive, not-for-profit teaching school partnership of over 200 schools and academies. Learners First is a large, well established and successful partnership covering all phases (0-19) and school contexts with a proven track record across all key performance indicators. Learners First is based in South Yorkshire and much of its work takes place across this area but the partnership has strong connections with many other schools, academies, multi academy trusts, teaching schools and system leaders from across the country.

Learners First provides high quality, relevant professional development and facilitates opportunities for forward thinking research and school-to-school support to promote meaningful collaboration and school improvement.

School Direct is an ever increasingly popular alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE.

85% of the programme is spent in at least 2 schools training, teaching and observing lessons and best practice. The remaining 15% is spent at one of our partner HEIs' studying for the PGCE element of the programme. The school based part of the programme is bespoke to the individual, and there's a full and comprehensive support network for each trainee. Graduating the programme means the award of QTS and PGCE.

Upon graduation via the School Direct route, there is the intention to offer graduates their first job as a teacher. Over the past 2 years 96% of Learners First School Direct graduates have been offered employment within our partnership of schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Learners First Schools Partnership (LFSP) is committed to promoting disability equality, eliminating unlawful discrimination in all of its activities and working towards ensuring that all trainees with disabilities realise their potential. LFSP values the diversity of its trainee population and is committed to ensuring that the highest equality and diversity standards are maintained.

Contact details

Learners First Schools Partnership
Bawtry Road
S66 1JL


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: 1GX
  • Training programme code: 255Z

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
Main Site
Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham S66 1JL
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