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Why Train to Teach Chemistry with Northern Lights?

  • Bursaries of up to £27,000
  • Outstanding schools with strong Chemistry departments.
  • Science Learning Partnership based at Skipton Girls' High School
  • Partnership working across a range of schools.

Good Chemistry teachers are in high demand and government bursaries of up to £26,000 are in place for strong initial teacher training candidates.

The Northern Lights’ Chemistry PGCE programme is led by Skipton Girls’ High School with trainees having the opportunity to work with experienced subject specialists in this outstanding school. 

As a founding partner in the Northern Lights Science Learning Partnership with STEM Learning, Northern Lights delivers Science training to primary and secondary teachers and have gained a reputation for excellence unrivalled in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Skipton Girls’ High School leads a Triple Science Network aiming to increase the number of pupils taking three Sciences at GCSE through teacher workshops and further training.

If you have a passion for your subject and want to train alongside committed professionals, apply to our programme.


Entry requirements

  • An honours degree at classification 2.2 or above (or other evidence of appropriate subject knowledge)
  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in Chemistry
  • GCSE at Grade C or above in English and Maths
  • Enhanced DBS, Barred List and Child Care Disqualification checks
  • Medical check
Desirable skills and qualities
  • Passion for working with children and young people
  • Commitment to teaching as a future career
  • Resilience to meet the challenges of the training year and beyond 
  • Recent classroom experience in the UK (10 days recommended)
  • Strong communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Some understanding of the key issues relating to teaching and learning in their subject area/age group

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