Chemistry with Kernow Teaching School Alliance KTSA Accredited provider: University of Exeter

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Chemistry is the study of the science of matter, of how the basic elements of matter combine and interact with one another. Chemistry teachers are in a unique position as they have ready access to practical's and demonstrations which can really bring out the wow factor of studying the sciences. However Chemistry teachers are not only there to provide whizzes and bangs but also to develop critical thinking, analytical skills and, crucially encourage, practical skills which are in short demand and highly sought after by employers. If you want to inspire young people with the intricacies of the atomic world, to develop their practical, analytical, mathematical and problem solving skills whilst providing a crucial link between Physics and Biology, then Chemistry teaching is for you.

Our training programme allows our students the maximum time in the classroom with our practitioners. You will start in school in the first days of September and spend a minimum of 3 days a week in the classroom. Our training sessions are held in our local training centre or in schools and led by our alliance staff.

You will spend one day per week on the PGCE element of your programme, this is delivered online through the University of Exeter.

We believe that the support we provide is one of our strengths, with local support from our delivery team, the staff and mentors in schools and the full support of a University tutor and the University teams.

For us its the first step in the journey to joining the best profession in the world and becoming part of an Alliance that sees this as part of a lifetime career journey. We support our staff throughout their careers and this starts with specialist support as an NQT and early career teacher, we also offer the opportunity to continue with Masters study from your NQT year.

Why wouldn't you want to study with us in Cornwall? We are waiting to hear from you.

Interview process

We interview all our applicants in the school setting and our interviews will include

*A tour of one of our schools

*Formal interview with Teaching School representatives and a Senior school leader

*Classroom experience

*Teaching Episode

*Literacy test

*Wherever possible an opportunity to meet previous trainees

How school placements work

The KTSA has 5 main secondary partners allowing you to experience a wide range of educational contexts. Our schools are in Rural, Coastal and urban settings and include academy chains, multi academy trusts, maintained & faith schools, I

The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context. (1 x 2 terms, 1 x 1 term) There will also be opportunities to visit other secondary settings and our primary, special school and pupil referral provision partners.

Our aim is for all of our trainees to be successful and with that in mind we take into consideration each individuals personal situation and endeavour to place them so that they have no more than a 40 minute journey to work.

Our current school direct trainees have already found themselves in the classroom, on the beach and receiving training in a variety of school settings. They have had the opportunity to do a range of additional training such as Outdoor education, Leading mentally healthy schools and attending our teach meet programmes


The course fees for 2019/2020 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

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.

Financial support from the training provider

All of our programmes are eligible for student loans and any applicable bursaries.

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages



A typical student will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. You will have a good ‘A’ level grade in chemistry and ideally in another science subject. Most will have a good degree (minimum 2:2) with at least 50% of the content related to chemistry. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered. Where necessary you may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.

Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required. (

Personal qualities

Energetic, able and committed science applicants will find this an empowering course which develops personal transferable skills, strength of character and offers the potential for playing a part in shaping the future of society.

You need to be creative and have a thirst for continued professional learning. You will learn to be flexible & able to work with a range of people from parents and teachers to other professionals and members of the community.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, passes in both professional skills tests, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact us more information.

About the training provider

The KTSA brings together outstanding educational providers, from Nursery to Post 16 and Higher Education.

Based in Cornwall we have secondary, primary, special & alternative Provision, ITT partners. Whilst the School Direct (SD) programme is demanding there will be time to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer.

We are led by Outstanding schools, Leaders and Teachers we are fortunate to be able to draw on this expertise to give you access to high quality training and support.

Our unique offer

  • 1yr ITT School Direct PGCE (non salaried) Secondary and Primary
  • an option to teach in a special school or APA/PRU, this is an additional privilege.

Pupils with additional needs require the most talented and committed people to get the best out of them, this is where you come in. we need you to be :

*passionate about teaching

*wanting to make a real difference

  • A will to succeed when presented with the most vulnerable, challenging and ultimately rewarding pupils

*self-motivated and enthusiastic, resilient, compassionate and inspirational,

*On completing our School Direct programme you will gain credits towards your Masters degree. (which you can continue with the KTSA in your NQT year).

  • experienced schools delivering ITT who have a passion for supporting new entrants into the profession.
  • a friendly, supportive organisation

*100% pass & employment rates.

You will be part of an alliance that supports schools, trains future leaders and engages in research, opening further opportunities to widen our ITT School Direct student experience

About the accredited provider

We have a longstanding relationship with the University of Exeter who are leaders in Initial Teacher Education and have been consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training in the most recent Good Teacher Training Guide (2017).

They are experienced in delivering School Direct ITT along with a wide range of Teaching School partners,

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to support all applicants whatever their disability to access our ITT training programmes, our HEI partners support us in doing this. Each of our HEI partners have support arrangements for students with disabilities details of which can be found on their websites. Potential applicants are welcome to contact us to discuss the support available.

The University of Exeter

Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

The University of St Mark & St John

DIAS - Disability & Inclusion Advice Service provides appropriate information, advice, guidance and support relating to inclusion issues including a wide range of disabilities, medical and mental health conditions and formally diagnosed specific learning difficulties (SPLD's) such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

All Marjon students who are eligible can apply for appropriate support from DIAS

Pre-entry information, advice and guidance

For eligible students, guidance in applying for DSA's (Disabled Students Allowances)

Appropriate liaison with Academic Departments relating to on course support

Wider liaison where appropriate with other areas of Marjon

We offer:

A confidential service

Appointments to meet individual support needs

Arrangement of one to one support where funding permits specialist study tuition (for students with SpLDs and/or other communication disorders), non-medical assistance and specialist mentoring.

Disability & Inclusion Advice Service

Contact details

01637 857957
Atlantic Centre
Trenance Leisure Park


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