The Lion Alliance
Chemistry (3DLG)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
August 2020

About the course

This course will develop you to teach you’re chosen subject to learners in a Secondary school. You will spend four days a week in school and one day at university. Your subject mentor and professional mentor in school will support and develop you into the best classroom practitioner you can be, you will observe lessons and gradually teach classes. There is a clear focus on reflecting upon your practice to identify ways to further develop. Throughout the training year, you will be formally observed, supported to teach and contribute to the wider context of the school. For example you will also have a tutor/mentor group. In partnership with the university, we will assess your progress against the Teaching Standards and support you to meet these across the year. At University you will work in subject groups and complete assignments as part of the course.

How school placements work

During your training year, you will spend the majority of your time in one school and later in the year you will spend a shorter time in a second school. This is to give you a contrasting experience of schools and an opportunity to work with different learners and different practitioners from different schools.

We have several Secondary and Primary school partners in our alliance and are able to offer you the opportunity to really consider the school in which you’d like to spend your second placement. We will work with you to identify your developmental needs and match these against your second placement. The size of our alliance means that we are able to offer you the opportunity to train in different types of schools, all of different sizes and in different settings.


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

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.



2:2 UK Honours in first degree or higher (or equivalent) in stated subject

English Language, Mathematics UK GCSE C+ (or equivalent).

About the training provider

The Lion Alliance is committed to providing excellent training for teachers in every stage of their career from Initial Teacher Training through to developing school leaders. Our priority is to develop and support you to become the most effective practitioner you can be.

Training with us gives you access to a wide range of highly experienced professionals, all at different stages of their career, who will help in your journey to qualify and enter the teaching profession.

Our alliance consists of several primary and secondary schools, located across Coventry and Warwickshire, meaning that we are able to offer you the opportunity to develop your practice and classroom craft in different schools, in different key phases, in different settings.

We offer exceptional support to all of our trainee teachers. Once qualified, training and support doesn’t stop there; we believe in the importance of Continuing Professional Development and use the expertise of colleagues within The Lion Alliance and strategic partners to deliver a range of CPD courses, career stage professional development, as well as bespoke training and CPD.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Lion Alliance welcomes applicants with disabilities.

Contact details

Finham Park School
Green Lane


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: 1K1
  • Training programme code: 3DLG

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
Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Arts and Community College
Sandpits Lane, Coventry CV6 2FR
Yes C
Coundon Court
Northbrook Road, Coventry CV6 2AJ
Yes Q
Finham Park 2
Torrington Avenue, Coventry CV4 9WT
Yes 2
Main Site
Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry CV3 6EA
Yes -
Princethorpe College
Leamington Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 9PX
Yes D
Rugby Free Secondary School
Anderson Avenue, Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 5PE
Yes R
West Coventry Academy
Nutbrook Avenue, Coventry CV4 9PW
Yes A

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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