Oakham Alliance
Chemistry (HGJ8)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Financial support

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

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Course length
4 terms
Date you can apply from
13 August 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This course is based at the Oakham Alliance with main placements based at one of the secondary schools in the Alliance.

For course outline and details of assessment for this route, please see:


Interview process

Interviews are held at the University of Wolverhampton with the ITT Subject Pathway Leaders and will include a subject knowledge for teaching audit.

How school placements work

This course requires apprentices to train at two schools, and a short placement at a Primary school. Candidates will teach Secondary Chemistry in the 11-16 age range.


Candidates are not eligible for student bursaries as they will receive a salary in line with the Unqualified Teacher pay scale.

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.



Initial Teacher Training Entry requirements for this route are as stated in the ITT criteria (August 2019) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-criteria that all entrants have:

• The equivalent of grade 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics (and a science subject for those training to teach the primary age phase)

• A degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification,

• Successfully completed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy http://sta.education.gov.uk/

• Been successful in a selection process to assess a candidate's suitability to train to teach.

Other requirements

An up to date DBS enhancement check via the training school will be required before commencing the programme.

About the training provider

Oakham Alliance offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn in a range of exciting and innovative primary schools within Sandwell. The alliance offers cultural and socio-economic diversity within its range of settings

All schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident learners achieving the highest standards possible with a core focus on:

• Learning and Teaching policies built around the principles of AfL.

• Children as learners and their all-round development at the heart of all schools

• The quality of learner experience rather than coverage

• Pedagogy which views knowledge as something constructed by children not merely transmitted by teachers.

The lead school, Oakham Primary, is outstanding and along with the other good schools, has a proven track record of local school improvement. We have an established background of working in partnership with University of Wolverhampton (UoW), local authorities and importantly, each other.

Within the alliance we have many members of staff who provide support in other schools:

• OfSTED trained inspectors

• Head Teacher consultants

• Former LA advisors and consultants• Specialist Leaders of Education

• Local Leaders of Education

• Advanced Skills Teachers

We are passionate about developing future leaders and believe that School Direct offers an unrivalled opportunity for trainees to learn and develop in our vibrant schools. By working in our schools, trainees will experience a range of contrasting experiences that will make you highly sought-after in the current job market.

Training with disabilities and other needs

In line with Sandwell Council Equality in Employment policy, we are committed to ensuring a quality of opportunity for all.

Support for Students (UoW) can include:

◾General Study skills support, including tutorials and general workshops, through the University Learning Centres.

◾Apps Anywhere – access to specialist software.

◾Audio-visual lecture capture – a number of taught sessions are captured.

Additional Support:

Depending on your individual needs, you may be eligible for additional support provided by the University. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team can talk to you about additional support that may be available.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You may be eligible to receive additional funding known as the Disabled Students’ Allowances to help cover the costs of any additional support you may need to access your university course. DSA funding is available for eligible students and can help with costs for specialist equipment, Non-Medical Helpers and other disability-related costs associated with studying.

The Sign Language Society at UoW has been running since 2008 and this is where you get to meet current Deaf students as well as other Deaf people who are both local and from all over the UK along with Deaf students who have already graduated - you can also meet BSL Interpreting and Deaf Studies students there too. We usually meet at The Royal London Pub, every Thursday evening from 7pm to 11pm - feel free to pop in at any time to meet us.

For more information please email: SLS@wlv.ac.uk or see: our facebook page

Contact details

Darbys Hill Road
West Midlands
B69 1SG


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: 1P7
  • Training programme code: HGJ8

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
Darbys Hill Road, Tividale, Oldbury B69 1SG
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