Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Physics (T906)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
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

The School Direct course aims to develop your skills in teaching all aspects of the relevant curriculum in order to become a successful teacher. Curriculum studies considers aspects of teaching including current educational theories such as multiple intelligence theory, multi-cultural schools and EAL, extracurricular activities, the hidden curriculum, pastoral care and the teaching of the most and least able pupils. The programme aims to develop the skills of the classroom progressively. The training starts with observations progressing to taking greater and more responsibility as confidence develops. In the classroom, initial observations and interpretation progresses to co-planning, teaching and evaluating parts of lessons. With this experience you develop your lesson planning, teaching and evaluation at key stages and continue to participate in classroom teaching in your preferred age range and specialist subject, with expert practitioners. Towards the end of the academic year, you will be expected to be involved with up to 80% of a NQT timetabled week. The main and second school placement will be chosen in consultation with the school and programme director dependent on your subject, age range and location. Each trainee will have their own experienced classroom practitioner within both schools, who will be assigned as their individual mentor. Central training will take place for secondary trainees one day a week at the ITT provider. For the successful completion of the course, trainees must demonstrate competence against all the QTS standards, and need to have successfully completed the Skills Tests before the course begins. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst in their school. Detailed but functional files and portfolios of evidence are submitted for final assessment which will demonstrate how trainees have met the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Wherever possible, the evidence gained will be ‘naturally occurring’, as a product of the work carried out in the classroom or around the school setting.

Interview process

The selection procedures which follow aim to ensure that:

  • Entry requirements specified in DfE Qualified Teacher Status Standards (2012) are applied carefully, giving due weight to academic equivalencies, experiences and motivation.
  • Entrants are given a sound understanding of the nature and demands of the course in order to assure successful applicants complete the course and enjoy their new profession in education.
  • Interviews and selection tasks are based on criteria which lead to sound judgments of the entrant’s subject knowledge and general suitability for teaching.

How school placements work

Candidates complete assessment in two secondary/primary schools, fulfilling statutory requirements. Second school placements are selected according to candidates emerging targets and the need for a change of context - teaching in two consecutive key stages is statutory (typically KS3/4).


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

Course fees differ depending upon the ITT Provider for your chosen subject. The costs range from £9,000 to £9,250 for a one year programme. You may be eligible for Student finance to support you with fees. Further information will be discussed if you are successful at interview.

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.



All entrants will have attained a minimum of 5 grade C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics (and Science for primary training). Entrants must hold a degree from a UK university (or HE Institution), or a degree from the CNAA, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For entrants with degrees from overseas please contact NARIC on 0871 330 7033 to obtain written confirmation of equivalency. You must hold a second class Honours Degree as the minimum requirement. Your degree should be specific to the subject you are applying for.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with very good communication skills, the determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others.

Successful applicants are confident and passionate about teaching and also able to contribute to the wider school ethos and community.

Training to teach is both challenging and rewarding. Developing excellent interpersonal skills will enable trainees to effectively support the learning of groups of young people from diverse backgrounds.

We are looking for people who strive to improve and who are committed to their own professional development.

Other requirements

Successful entrants will be asked to bring appropriate certification and other documentation to verify their identity and for the Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to the start of the course.

The document check is made by the Administrator and provides an audit for registration purposes at the commencement of the course. All documents must be ‘original’ and not a photocopy.

About the training provider

Our partnership of Catholic schools has extensive experience of working with student teachers and can provide excellent school placement opportunities. All three schools have outstanding practice in learning and teaching with specialist staff in all curriculum areas. Importantly, all of our schools have exceptional pupil behaviour which means our trainee teacher can really concentrate, first and foremost, on their teaching.

We have trained facilitators across our partnership who will deliver the professional studies programme, alongside our accredited providers, to all trainees. Our wealth of experience in training teachers means our mentoring and support for new staff is second to none: a comprehensive training and support programme begins on the very first day of term in September.

Having also a proven track record of successful school to school support, with key staff designated as National and Specialist Leaders of Education, means our schools will ensure your continuing professional development needs are addressed.

Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. Schools are looking to employ the best teachers, those that are aware of the current demands of teaching as a profession.

Our ‘Education and Professional Studies’ will address assessment and reporting, special education needs, classroom organisation and management, pupil behaviour, the professional responsibility of teachers, current school and curriculum issues.

About the accredited body

Each trainee has a dedicated mentor within the school with whom they meet weekly, to guide and reflect on progress throughout the year. Each trainee is also supported by a Professional Tutor (PT), a school leader who meets with the trainee regularly, joint observes with the mentor, moderates and ensures that the trainee has an outstanding experience.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All schools within the Cardinal Hume Catholic School Teacher Training Partnership are fully accessible. Please contact Carolyn Adams at with any specific disability access requirements.

Contact details

Old Durham Road
Tyne & Wear


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Location Vacancies Code
Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Old Durham Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 6RZ
Yes A
Cramlington Learning Village
Highburn, Cramlington, NE23 6BN
Yes L

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