How do I apply?
Step one – submit your application
You can apply before or after you have secured your teacher training place but we strongly recommend you submit your application as soon as possible.
Prior to applying, we recommend you read our advice to applicants. Also, please note that you will not be able to submit your application before you have uploaded a reference, not just the details of a suitable referee.
Applicants will need to complete our online application, which requires:
- personal details, including academic background and qualifications
- a reference, that will need to be uploaded before you can submit your application – please ensure you allow your referee plenty of time to write your reference by requesting this from them as early as possible. This reference will need to cover your:
- understanding of chemistry
- ability to explain chemistry ideas clearly
- interest in and commitment to education/teaching
- personal attributes that will make you a good classroom teacher and manager
- a personal statement that demonstrates why you think you should be awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarship (1000 words max). Please give specific examples, and refer back to the 'what do we look for in candidates' section, when writing your statement. You must cover:
- why you want to be a chemistry teacher
- what skills and experience you have that would make you an exceptional chemistry teacher
- what experience you have with school-age young people. Experience can be gained through employment, voluntary work or hobbies
- how you think the Royal Society of Chemistry scholarship will benefit you
- a chemistry knowledge test with 15 multiple choice questions. You must pass this test to be considered for an assessment day
- for applicants with an international degree, you will also need to upload documentary evidence from UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) confirming the degree is comparable to a UK Bachelor's degree. Guidance is available in the Department for Education (DfE) Initial teacher training bursary guide.
The application process takes around 60–90 minutes to complete and can only be received through the online application form. Please do not submit your application via a paper copy or email.
Step two – attend an assessment day
Online applications will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited to attend one of our assessment days which will be held in London between March and August 2018.
The assessment days consist of:
- a 30-minute individual interview
- a 30-minute group exercise
- a 60-minute chemistry knowledge test.
If you are successful in securing a scholarship, you will be notified as soon as possible after the assessment day.
To see what an assessment day is like, watch the following video.
Whether you’re applying for a Scholarship or a teacher training place, you’ll find helpful information in our advice to applicants.
When are the deadlines?
We run a rolling application process, with application deadlines staggered throughout the academic year. Each application deadline is followed by an assessment day for successful candidates. Applications open on 6 November 2017 and close finally on 31 July 2018. Please make sure when you apply that you will be able to attend the corresponding assessment day if you are invited to do so. You will not be able to choose the assessment day that you attend.
The dates are as follows for 2018:
|Deadlines for applications
||Corresponding assesment days
||4 June & 26 June
||9 July & 26 July