Caludon Castle School
Physics (27QV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
August 2021


About the course

School Direct programmes contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for your chosen specialism. Some of these take place at the placement school and some at the University of Warwick.

Trainees then take what they have learned in the training room directly into the classroom where they put it into practice under the supervision and guidance of mentors and fellow colleagues who will provide support, feedback and key guidance to ensure that all trainees make the required progress. Professional Studies sessions, based at Caludon Castle School, are facilitated by leading practitioners who have a track record of excellence in teaching.

Topics covered include:

Understanding learning Behaviour for learning Outstanding lesson planning Using ICT to enhance learning and teaching Literacy and numeracy Questioning techniques Differentiation

There is a broad curriculum at KS3 and KS4, focussing on: maintaining subject knowledge in Physics delivering excellence in general science and specialist Physics lessons good laboratory practice planning for and setting up practical lessons
making the most of STEM inspiring learners to become tomorrow’s Physicists supporting literacy and numeracy in Physics lessons designing and supporting learning outside the classroom linking Physics to the wider curriculum post-16 Physics teaching

Trainees will have experience in at least two secondary or primary schools (depending on phase) and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in school life, participating in extra-curricular activities, parent meetings, and cross-curricular events. Trainees, also get the chance to spend some time working with children with special educational needs.

All programmes lead to QTS and PGCE status, including the award of 90 CATS credits towards Master’s accreditation, upon meeting the assessment criteria, specified by the University of Warwick.

Interview process

If shortlisted for selection, applicants will be invited to an interview day, where they will be involved in a range of activities, including teaching a short lesson to students, undertaking a literacy exercise, and undergoing a panel interview. All applicants offered a place will subsequently be required to produce a clear enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service and to pass the ‘Fitness to Teach’ requirements laid down by the Department for Education, before taking up their place on the course.

How school placements work

Successful School Direct candidates will complete their Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE 11-18) with the University of Warwick, allowing them to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as gaining 90 CATs points towards their Master’s. Practical, school-based training will take place at the lead school. The School Direct programme will involve candidates being supported in and engaged with the schools from the beginning of September 2021, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the schools and the university. High quality support will be available at all times from the schools and the university to help candidates on their journey towards becoming outstanding classroom practitioners.

At the end of the training year, there is an expectation that schools will do all that they can to assist the training teacher with securing a teaching position.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

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.



Selection criteria are broad and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Candidates must have at least 5 GCSE’s at 4 (C) grade or above, including English and Mathematics. Primary school applicants need to have a grade 4 (C) or above in Science as well. We prefer at least a high second-class UK honours degree for all subjects although a 2.2 is acceptable. Applicants are advised that 50% of their degree should focus on the relevant subject, but if a candidate wishes to teach in a subject different from their degree, then they must undertake a SKE.

Personal qualities

Applicants need to have a passion for teaching and show a sincere professional interest in working with children. Applicants need to be in good health. Applicants are required to show a commitment to their subject, as well as a desire to train in a school-based environment. They are encouraged to highlight in particular any prior teaching experience in their application.

About the training provider

A National Teaching School and the lead school in the Coventry East Alliance, we comprise secondary and primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Applying for a School Direct place through us will guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience, either at Caludon Castle School or at one of our other successful partner schools. Caludon Castle is a very good school with an excellent record of teacher training: in 2019-2020, we trained over 20 potential teachers, through both the PGCE and School Direct routes, all achieving at least a ‘good’ grade by the end of their training year, with the majority being graded as outstanding. All of our trainee teachers have always been able to secure jobs in teaching by the end of their training years.

Our partner provider, The University of Warwick, confirm the Alliance is ‘outstanding’.

“outstanding training provision for all trainees”

Practical, school-based training takes place at the lead school and within the Alliance. We offer placements across most subject areas. Trainees are supported by experienced Subject Mentors: experts in their academic fields.

“The feedback on placements is very positive, providing excellent training experiences for the trainees.” Director of Teacher Education, Warwick University

School Direct programmes in schools contain a core Professional Studies element and a series of Subject Studies sessions designed for the chosen specialism.

Trainees will have a complementary experience in another secondary or primary school, immersing themselves in school life. Trainees, also, spend time gaining experience in Special Education within their own schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The staff at Caludon Castle Alliance are committed to ensuring that all students and teachers develop their full potential. Therefore we aim to provide a caring and supportive environment for all of our students and staff and are committed to the active promotion of Equal Opportunities.

The school wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and 2005) and the Equality Act 2010 and the Children and Families Act 2014. We are committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students and other disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.

This Disability Statement supports the Trust’s drive towards inclusive learning.

Contact details

02476 444822
Axholme Road
West Midlands


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Caludon Castle School
Axholme Road, Wyken, Coventry, CV2 5BD
Yes -
Foxford School
Grange Rd, Coventry, CV6 6BB
Yes 9
Kingsbury School
Tamworth Road, Kingsbury, Tamworth, B78 2LF
Yes K

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