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.
Before you start your application form, we recommend you read our advice to applicants.
Applicants will need to complete our online application, which requires
- personal details, including academic background and qualification
- details of a referee who we can contact about 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 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.
- 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 from the DfE’s helpline on 0800 389 2500.
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 – assessment centre tasks
Online applications will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited to complete assessment centre tasks. In light of the current social distancing restrictions, the next stage of assessment will be conducted remotely online. This will replace the need for you to attend an assessment day in person.
What will the remote assessment tasks be?
- Chemistry knowledge test
The test will comprise exam-style questions and will cover chemistry topics taught in England at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and post-16.
- Interview via video conference
You will be interviewed by two RSC assessors. They will:
- Discuss a segment of a lesson that you must prepare in advance. Shortlisted candidates will be given details of the topic to prepare.
- Ask questions so you can give expanded answers, using examples from your own experience, to show us as much evidence as possible of the criteria we’re looking for in our teacher training scholars
If you are successful in securing a scholarship, you will be notified as soon as possible after the assessment centre tasks.
If you have specific access requirements or queries about the remote assessment set-up (e.g. no access to a video-capable internet device) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can address these if possible.
Whether you’re applying for a Scholarship or a teacher training place, you’ll find helpful information in our advice to applicants.