Leicestershire Learning Alliance
Chemistry (2PMY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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

School Direct allows schools to recruit students onto teacher education courses run in collaboration with universities. To make sure you have a range of placement opportunities, schools work together in teaching alliances.

This course is made up of both campus-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools to give you a broad range of experience - they could be in city, suburban or rural schools, in the independent or state sector.

By the end of the course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and awarded a University of Leicester PGCE.

Interview process

You will be invited to an interview with Leicestershire Learning Alliance as part of the selection process where you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day.

They will include:

  • An opportunity to meet with Head of Subject and other colleagues
  • Subject Knowledge Test
  • An opportunity to observe a lesson and discuss
  • Individual Interview
  • Student Panel Interview
  • Teach part of a lesson to a small group.

How school placements work

You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our partnership schools.

The school lead organises your placements within the teaching alliance

Your first placement is Phase A. The purpose of Phase A is to provide you with the opportunities to develop basic competencies giving you the opportunity to become familiar with the curriculum, the teacher’s role, the nature of teaching and learning and to identify strengths and targets to take into Phase B.

Your second placement is Phase B. This allows you to consolidate what you have learnt in the preceding phase and then develop your teaching experience. You will be expected to take on more responsibility for planning, delivery schemes of work and assessing student progress in preparation for entrance into the teaching profession.


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.



Ideally 2.1 or above.

GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths.

A levels (or equivalent) in the subject you intend to specialise in.

Skills test in Numeracy and Literacy must be completed before starting the course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with a range of skills, knowledge, experience and aptitude for teaching.

  • Be able to form positive relationships with both young people and adults.
  • Have excellent communication skills both orally and in writing.
  • Have a commitment to learning and teaching who make young people’s learning their first concern.
  • Be able to analyse and reflect upon your own experiences.
  • Have an awareness of contemporary issues in education.

Other requirements

Following the interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge in the subject they wish to teach may be offered a place on the course subject to successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject prior to commencing your teacher-training year.

About the training provider

Leicestershire Learning Alliance work in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU), University of Leicester and Loughborough University to train outstanding teachers who make a significant difference to their students, their schools and their profession. The Universities are established and successful providers of initial teacher-training and education-related courses. Staff at our school work with the experienced researchers and practitioners at the Universities to design and deliver our courses that can be tailored to meet your individual needs. These courses carefully blend significant hands-on teaching experience in our schools with the critical thinking and theoretical underpinning that is so important for the teaching profession. The Universities offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which can be obtained alongside the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and all universities offer 60 or 90 Masters Credits.

As soon as you gain a place with the Leicestershire Learning Alliance, you will immediately become part of our Alliance working with highly supportive and professional mentors across Key Stages 3 to 5. We can offer you ongoing training to help you become an excellent teacher and ensure you are well prepared for your first teaching post.

The LLA are a group of seven Leicestershire schools led by The Roundhill Academy,

Brockington College, Manor High, The Cedars Academy, Martin High School, Welland Park and Wreake Valley Academy.

About the accredited body

The School Direct route allows schools to recruit students onto teacher education courses run in collaboration with the university. The lead school ensures you have a range of placement opportunities as schools work together in teaching alliances.

This course is made up of both campus-based sessions, which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience in a wide range of classroom situations

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should inform us when making their application to enable adequate provision to be made.

The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as ‘A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

The Academy want to meet the aims and commitments set out in its equality policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010, and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.

Contact details

0116 2693896
997 Melton Road


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