The Catholic Schools Partnership Teaching School Alliance Physics (2C8M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leeds Trinity University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will be teaching groups and classes across the school from Year 7 to Year 11. Depending on your subject background, you may also work with Year 12 & 13.

You will attend training at Leeds Trinity as well as receiving weekly bespoke on the job training from teachers and leaders in each placement school. This training will stand you in good stead to be the teacher you’ve always wanted to be. The training you receive is in addition to the CPD each school will offer you as part of their whole staff team.

You will be teaching groups and classes across the keystages and, sometimes, supporting KS5.

Assessment is based on written assignments and teaching performance.

Following qualification, you will most likely be offered an opportunity to teach in one of your placement schools and so begin the career of a lifetime!

School placements

You will have 2 placements, 1 in St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College (Bradford) and 1 in Holy Family Catholic High School (Keighley). Stage A placements are in 1 school, with Stage B placements taking place in the alternative school. You will generally be in your first school with all other School Direct trainees and again in your second school. This is to give you more opportunities to network and support each other.

Stage A begins with serial days in September moving on to being in school full-time, finishing in December. Stage B begins in January and runs through to May.

Full support will be given to you at each placement with a department mentor, a school lead mentor, the Director of the CSPTSA and a link tutor from Leeds Trinity University.

If there is any impact on school placements as a result of Covid 19, we will inform you before the course starts.

Interview process

Once your application is uploaded to UCAS, it is checked to ensure it meets our entry requirements (Maths & English GCSEs, Appropriate A-Levels and Degree study) If it does meet our requirements, it will then be read by the Director of the Teaching School and Secondary School Lead Mentors, who will decide whether to put you through to interview. You will be given a Subject Knowledge Audit to complete and return. You will be interviewed by 2 senior leaders and it will be in 3 parts - a short teaching session with a group of children / supporting a teacher within a lesson; a subject knowledge test (COVID dependent) and a formal interview.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics 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.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

The CSPTSA can provide:

  • A laptop for your year of training (if you do not have your own device)
  • Re-imbursement any parking costs incurred when training at Leeds Trinity University.



English GCSE ‘C’ or above, Maths GCSE ‘C’ or above, Physics or Combined Science GCSE ‘C’ or above, 3rd Class Degree or higher.

Personal qualities

Training with the CSPTSA requires you to be:

  • Committed
  • Creative
  • Engaging
  • Confident
  • Hard-working
  • A people person
  • Resilient
  • Happy

Other requirements

If your degree does not directly relate to the subject you have chosen, you will be required to take a SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course.

Whilst not a requirement, we look for our applicants to have shown commitment to teaching by having experience of working with children in a range of contexts.

About the training provider

We are The Catholic Schools Partnership of Bradford & Keighley, a Teaching School Alliance since 2014 – a passionate partnership of 20 Catholic schools committed to sharing talent, faith, experience, leadership and excellent teaching to improve achievement in schools across Bradford, Keighley and beyond. We have a hugely successful Schools Direct Programme, working closely with Leeds Trinity University to provide high quality, authentic and bespoke training alongside teaching experience in a diverse range of Catholic schools across Bradford and Keighley. We grow our own teachers to make a difference to the lives of children in our care. “Training with the CSPTSA has allowed me to experience teaching in amazing schools containing brilliant children. The support I received was outstanding and continuous. Working in a Catholic School provides an extremely supportive network within a family. The support continues from the CSPTSA as an NQT through into an RQT development programme. The CSPTSA give me support and allow me to ask for training in areas I feel I require to improve my career.” Julie McGovern - School Direct Trainee 2017

About the accredited body

Leeds Trinity are proud to offer a personalised and inclusive universi​ty​ experience that gives every student the support to realise their potential. That’s why our students are highly satisfied (according to the National Student Survey)​​. Our students say it, our alumni say it, and our staff say it - you really are a name, not a number, at Leeds Trinity University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive partnership and welcome children and staff with a range of disabilities. If you would like to discuss your needs, please contact us directly.

Contact details

St Bede's & St Joseph's Catholic College
Cunliffe Road


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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College
Cunliffe Road, Bradford, BD8 7AP
Yes S
The Holy Family Catholic High School
Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH
Yes L

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