Sharing Excellence Partnership Dunraven School Streatham Physics (35VY)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Roehampton 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.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The programme is designed to support trainees in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful secondary school teacher.

Trainees will: -Become effective classroom practitioners; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons -Learn to recognise the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in lessons -Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy -Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.

Qualification Outcome: Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both in school and university based learning, will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which also carries 60 Masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent Masters degree. The PGCE (M) component is an academic qualification awarded by the university. It is recognised abroad.

The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). QTS is a professional qualification awarded by the Department for Education.

The key aim of this programme is to enable trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The programme provides opportunities for trainees to explore the theory and practice of teaching the subject through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two contrasting school placements.

The PGCE Secondary science programmes (Science with Biology, Science with Chemistry and Science with Physics) are designed to enable trainees to teach, as a minimum, all the science specified in the National Curriculum for science at Key Stage 3, and their chosen science specialism from biology, chemistry or physics, at Key Stage 4 and, if appropriate, at post-16.

The programme is the result of close collaboration between school-based mentors and the Roehampton team. In the first term trainees learn how pupils develop science understanding and skills, while at the same time building confidence in planning and teaching a science lesson. The second term extends this and explores issues within science education. The third term addresses science education outside the classroom.

There are three written assignments set and assessed by the university towards the Masters level PGCE element of the qualification.

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School placements

During school placements, trainees benefit from working alongside experienced teachers. Trainees have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors. They begin with a light teaching timetable which is gradually increased as they become more skilled and confident.

The main focus of this training programme is classroom practice and the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to ensure that pupils make excellent progress in their learning. Trainees are supported by both a school based mentor and a university tutor working in partnership to support them. They are experienced and skilled in classroom observation, giving feedback and setting targets for development. Trainees have full support in developing their behaviour management skills throughout the year. Placements will be in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, ages 11-16, with some opportunity to experience Key Stage 5 and the primary curriculum. Trainees are based in school throughout the year, except when they have sessions at the university, usually on Wednesdays. Trainees have a six week second placement in a contrasting school, usually another local partnership school.

Professional development is supported by an extensive programme of in-school training to enrich their experience, delivered by expert practitioners in the Partnership, in addition to the Masters level PGCE programme delivered by the University of Roehampton.

Towards the end of the year trainees are in school full time, until their university training is complete in late June. School Direct trainees are expected to become fully involved in the life of the school to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the profession.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
Dunraven School, 94-98 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, London, SW16 2QB
The Elmgreen School
Elmcourt Road, SE27 9BZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Please check with University of Roehampton for further details.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about teaching their subject and have the potential to become outstanding teachers. Applicants need to show evidence of time management skills, commitment and personal resilience needed to undertake school based teacher training. Ability to work effectively with young people and understand the urban state school environment is essential. Confident self-presentation, good communication skills and the ability to inspire and enthuse young people are also important.

Other requirements

Overseas qualifications must be checked for UK equivalence.

Offers are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure list check.

Applicants must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for mental and physical health in order to be eligible.

Applicants must provide a CV including full employment history.

We recommend that you attend one of our Recruitment Information Events to find out more about this training programme and how to apply.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Dunraven School’s Sharing Excellence Partnership offers school based teacher training of the highest standard with our primary and secondary school partners and accrediting providers, University of Roehampton and e-Qualitas. Dunraven has a well established reputation for effective staff development and long-standing programmes for developing teachers, including traditional ITT routes, Teach First, and School Direct. We offer support and professional guidance in making a transition from support roles in school into teacher training and employment.

We promote ‘Excellence for All’ by recruiting and training high calibre teachers for local schools. Our trainees have gone on to successful employment, mostly within our Partnership. The majority of our School Direct trainees have been formally assessed as ‘Outstanding’ by the time they complete their training.

Dunraven is part of the South Lambeth Schools’ Partnership working with ten local primary schools and SL6, a post-16 collaboration with local secondary schools, which provides a wide range of training and development opportunities for our trainees. A significant building programme means the school now has purpose-built facilities.

Our School Direct training partnership is a strong local network of Lambeth primary and secondary schools. It includes Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Primary School, Crown Lane, Dunraven, Sunnyhill, Goldfinch, Julian’s, St Andrew’s Catholic, Rosendale and Van Gogh Primary Schools. Secondary partners are the The Elm Green School, Trinity Academy, St Mary’s High School and City Heights Academy. Dunraven School, all-through from 4-18, offers training in both primary and secondary phases.

Sharing Excellence Partnership

About the accredited body

The University is a leading provider of teacher training in the UK with 175 years’ history, working with over 350 schools. We offer high quality training in partnership with them, in preparation for a career with a competitive starting salary. Employment prospects are excellent: 99% of graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving. University buildings are on a beautiful parkland campus in south-west London. The School of Education is ranked third in London for its research, reflecting world-class expertise. Trainees report high levels of satisfaction with their training experience on our training programmes.

Interview process

Applicants are welcome to contact us via the address below to send a CV in advance of applying, or to ask questions about our schools, our training programmes or the application process.

If you have applied, meet the entry requirements and demonstrate the skills needed for school based teacher training you will be invited to an interview including the following activities: a short classroom based activity, an interview with heads or School Direct leads from our partner schools, and a short written task set by the university.

Most of our interviews are held at Dunraven School. If you have applied for a placement in a different school you would be expected to visit it either before or after the interview. We offer the opportunity to be considered for other remaining vacancies in our Partnership but it is your decision which school you would like to train in.

You are required to produce photographic ID, original examination certificates and to complete a request for information regarding health and suitability for teaching. Offers are subject to completion of a health check and Enhanced Disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to enrolment.

Find out more about our training programmes and how to apply, including recruitment information events via the following link.

Dunraven Sharing Excellence Partnership E-mail contact for queries:

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our training programmes are bespoke and tailored to meet individual needs, reflecting applicants’ skills and experience and any health or disability requirements. Where possible we collaborate with our training providers to adapt training provision to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.

Feedback from previous trainees suggests high levels of satisfaction with the support we offer them, carefully co-ordinated between school and training provider. We recognise that teaching is a rewarding but demanding career and that there are times when even the best trainees will face challenges. We promote trainee well-being and resilience to enable them to make a long-term commitment to the teaching profession and this is at the heart of our training provision.

The University of Roehampton offers an extensive range of student support and well-being services. There is a strong tutorial support system in the School of Education and during school placements. Trainees can apply for a Statement of Adjustment to ensure their needs are met. Dyslexia Services offer support for specific learning difference (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

University of Roehampton

Contact this training provider

94-98 Leigham Court Road
SW16 2QB

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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