Barr Beacon SCITT
Chemistry (2X26)

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

Our course starts with an exciting pre-course induction week in July. This is designed to introduce you to the course, the SCITT team and your journey to becoming a teacher. We also run a range of team building activities which enable you to get to know your fellow trainees. In 2018, one of our trainees said "it was not only immensely useful and insightful but also fun! It created the perfect environment to build a rapport with my fellow trainees.”

The year officially begins in September with one week of central whole-cohort sessions. After this trainees begin a four-week induction period in their main placement school, which is designed to immerse trainees in all aspects of the placement school and teaching. You will meet and be guided by your personal mentor to observe excellent practice and begin to get involved with teaching. You will attend central professional studies and subject studies sessions to equip you with the essential skills that teaching your subject and managing your classroom requires.

At the heart of our SCITT programme is hands-on experience in schools and classrooms. Following this induction period, you will deliver 6 solo and 6 collaborative lessons during the first term. This increases incrementally throughout the year up to 15 lessons by the final term allowing you to develop in confidence and competence. You will be supported along the way by inspirational classroom practitioners, course leaders and mentors.

You will have a personalised timetable that allows you to develop the necessary skills to become a teacher to students with a range of different needs and abilities. Your timetable will also include a second placement of around 7 weeks at a contrasting school so that you can experience a variety of pupils and classrooms. The support network that you have at your main school is mirrored whilst you are on your second placement.

We firmly believe that the most effective teachers are reflective teachers. You will reflect on your practice throughout the programme and in addition you will complete periodic reviews to critically analyse your progress and practice at set points during the year. You will visit a wide range of schools across our partnership and reflect on your experiences there. You will collect evidence throughout the year to meet all of the Teachers’ Standards. You will complete assignments towards your PGCE qualification which are delivered and awarded by the University of Worcester.

Interview process

We run a range of information days at our all of our partner institutions and offer first-hand experience through the School Experience Programme (SEP). Applicants are more than welcome to visit our schools before applying.

The assessment day usually takes place in the SCITT partner school you have applied to. The assessment day will consist of a number of different elements which will allow us to assess whether you have the key attributes to become a trainee at Barr Beacon SCITT. During the assessment day you will complete:

  • A Subject Knowledge Assessment which is a 60-minute test of your subject knowledge and a 15-minute test of the quality of your written English.
  • A Teaching Episode, during which you will teach a short 15-minute lesson in your subject to a small group of pupils.
  • A Presentation on Teaching Pedagogy which is a 5-minute pre-prepared presentation on a given topic with a short Q&A session.
  • An Interview which includes all aspects of becoming a teacher. There is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

You will be judged against the following set of criteria:

  • Appropriateness of subject qualifications and relevance to subject teaching
  • Capacity to extend subject knowledge
  • Awareness of the role and responsibilities of a teacher
  • Teaching/School experience
  • Resilience
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, teaching
  • Awareness of personal strengths and areas of development
  • Awareness of the provider and our programme

How school placements work

Trainees applying to Barr Beacon SCITT select a main placement school of preference on their applications. This partner school is known as the trainee’s main placement school. Trainees can view which schools we work with and which subjects they offer here. All of our schools offer all subjects at age range 11-16 (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4), with a 16-18 (Key Stage 5) enhancement available. The only exceptions to this are our Business Studies and Psychology courses which are 14-19 (Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5).

Our trainees are based in their main placement school from September to December (Term 1) and from March to June (Term 3).

From January to March (Term 2) trainees will spend time in a contrasting school placement, sometimes referred to as 'second placement'. Arrangements for the contrasting placement school are made in a timely manner once the course has commenced. A trainee's emerging teaching strengths and areas of development, locality and personal circumstances are taken closely into consideration when making these arrangements.

Trainees are supported, developed and assessed by our trained and experienced team of Professional Mentors and Subject Mentors in the same way across all of our placement schools. In addition to the standard placement pattern, trainees also receive:

  • Central, whole-cohort Professional Studies sessions and Subject Studies sessions held at Barr Beacon School
  • The opportunity to observe best practice in a range of fields in a number schools through our carousel weeks
  • An opportunity to observe Key Stage 2 teaching and consider the Key Stage 2 to 3 transition through a short placement in a primary school.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

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.



We require the following qualifications for our course:

  • Degree: A UK degree (or equivalent), usually an Honours degree, ideally (but not necessarily) in a subject applicable to your teaching subject. Normally a degree classification of a least a 2:2 is required
  • GCSEs: Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics is essential for all applicants.

For more information please view the Entry Requirements page on our website by visiting the SCITT website.

Personal qualities

Full details of the personal qualities that Barr Beacon SCITT trainees have can be found on here our website.

Other requirements

At Barr Beacon SCITT we are guided by the Department for Education’s guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018) and all offers are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. This will take the form of a questionnaire prior to the commencement of the course.

All trainees are subject to a prohibition to teach check, a disqualification check and a right to work check. We may contact references for further information.

There is an opportunity at interview to discuss statutory checks in more detail.

About the training provider

We would like to offer you a very warm welcome to Barr Beacon SCITT. Our aim is to develop outstanding classroom practitioners who can go on to influence, mould and shape the lives of future generations for years to come. This underpins our training programme and we’re incredibly proud of what we do. We invite you to explore the details of our courses and join us on our school-based teacher training programme.

Barr Beacon SCITT is a centre for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) which works with a wide partnership of schools in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. The schools in our partnership can be viewed on our website here. Our ITT provision has gone from strength to strength over recent years and now provides a large cohort of trainees with a well-established mentoring, training and professional development package. Over the years we have trained more than 100 trainees in a diverse range of subjects and in 2017/2018 100% of our trainees were graded as Good or Outstanding trainees at the end of the course, recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and gained a PGCE through our partnership with the University of Worcester. More information on The University of Worcester can be found here.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Barr Beacon SCITT is committed to promoting and practicing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and eliminating harassment and discrimination. We are an inclusive organisation which welcomes and treats both staff and trainees fairly and equally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin or nationality. Our workforce should be representative of the communities we serve.

At Barr Beacon SCITT we provide opportunities for applicants who are attending an assessment day to identify any special arrangements that they may require in advance of this day. Details of how this is done can be found on Page 7 of the assessment day invitation pack that applicants are sent. Trainees can be assured that reasonable adjustments to the assessment process, the course and the documentation will be made to ensure that those trainees with a disability are not disadvantaged.

Contact details

0121 366 6600
Barr Beacon SCITT
Old Hall Lane
West Midlands


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