St John Bosco
Physics (343N)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope 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


This course aims to produce outstanding teachers whose enthusiasm for Physics inspires pupils in their study of the subject. There is currently great demand for Physics teachers in UK secondary schools. St John Bosco, in partnership with Liverpool Hope, offers the support you need as you embark on a rewarding teaching career. Across your placements, you will work with teachers of Science from all disciplines to develop your subject knowledge and pedagogy across all three sciences for teaching in key stages 3 and 4. At post 16 level you may work within your own Science specialism. Your school based mentors work alongside University tutors to focus on individual development needs during your school based practice. In addition, all of our Science based students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Continuous Professional Development programme based at St John Bosco. The purpose of this training opportunity is to up skill all disciplines around aspects of last year’s GCSE examinations which were least well answered by pupils.

School placements will cover the 11-16 age range, along with a KS5 enhancement.

Entry requirements:

  • An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% in Physics. A subject knowledge enhancement course prior to starting the PGCE may be required in order to ensure you can teach all Sciences.
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics (These can be pending but are required before enrolment).
  • Mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months is beneficial but not essential.

Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau CRB).

Interview process

As part of the process, you will be required to:

  • Complete and submit a written task prior to interview

  • Plan, prepare and deliver a short input to a small group of pupils on a pre-given topic. This may be adapted in light of COVID-19 restrictions where you will be expected to either deliver or explain the lesson to the interview panel, outlining what you would expect pupils to achieve as a result of your input

  • Undertake a formal interview with a small panel

  • Complete a timed written task, usually reflecting upon your teaching input or creating a letter to parents on a given issue.

Interviews are with a small panel comprising of the Director of Teaching School, a subject teacher/Head of Department and a representative from Liverpool Hope University. In some instances, a colleague from one of our Strategic Partner schools will attend.

How school placements work

Our school placements can be within any of our Alliance schools be they Strategic Partners or from our wider Alliance. Generally, these are within the Liverpool City Region i.e. Liverpool or the surrounding boroughs. Trainees teach across the age and ability range and will have some opportunity to work with pupils at key stage 5.

Historically we have operated three placements across two schools within the academic year: home school in terms 1 and 3 with a contrasting away school in term 2. Due to current restrictions associated with COVID-19, trainees will spend the majority of the year in their home school and may undertake a short alternative placement in a contrasting school. This is under constant review as the situation dictates.

Trainees spend three to four days per week in their placement across the first two terms and are there full time in the final term. The rest of the week is comprised of: one day per week at Liverpool Hope University further developing subject knowledge and pedagogy. In addition, there are 12 Masters days across the academic year which are also delivered at Liverpool Hope University. School Wide Development sessions form part of the training delivered at St John Bosco. These sessions are delivered by our wide-ranging Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) who are experts in their field.

As part of the programme, trainees undertake a placement within our network of SEND schools as well as an enrichment week, experiencing other aspects of school life.


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.



  • An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% in Physics. A subject knowledge enhancement course prior to starting the PGCE may be required to ensure you can teach all Sciences.
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics (These can be pending but are required before enrolment).
  • Mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months is beneficial but not essential.

Offers are subject to a successful interview, Health Check Statement and Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau CRB).

Personal qualities

What are we Looking for in a Candidate?

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The sorts of personal qualities we are looking for are:

  • A Friendly and Approachable Nature

  • Good Interpersonal Skills

  • Organisation and Time Management

  • Resilience

  • A Passion for your Subject

  • A Positive Outlook

  • A Creative and Innovative Approach

  • The Ability to Reflect on and Improve Practice

  • Potential Leadership Capabilities

Other requirements

When attending interview, candidates will be required to bring photo ID along with GCSE certificates (English & Mathematics) and degree certificate if this has already been received. Proof of name change is required if applicable. If interviews have to be conducted virtually in response to COVID-19 restrictions, the above will be required as either scanned documents or photographs but the actual documents may be required by Liverpool Hope University in order that conditions can be fully met.

A condition of any offer made requires candidates to undertake a DBS check (formerly CRB) and an Overseas check.

About the training provider

  • Participate in an induction day at the start of the programme, focusing on key elements, aspects of teaching & learning and how to create an effective climate for learning.

  • Assigned a Professional Mentor and school based Subject Mentor who will design a programme to meet your subject training needs.

  • Experience contrasting placements across the academic year. Historically we’ve operated a three placement programme with trainees experiencing two schools. Depending upon potential COVID restrictions, these placements may be adjusted.

  • Undertake a period observing pupils within your “Home” school context. “Orientation” is crucial to long term success allowing you to embed within your school setting and become familiar with rules and routines.

  • Start teaching practice within your department by team teaching, gradually progressing to solo teaching, observed by the class teacher who will provide constructive feedback to aid development. One-to-one tuition and/or small group intervention may feature within your timetable.

  • Move to another school for your contrasting placement between January and April before returning to “Home” school for the summer term. The length of the second placement is dependent on potential COVID restrictions at the time.

  • Be treated as a member of staff and expected to take part in all aspects of school life.

  • Work alongside outstanding practitioners who support professional development.

  • Attend staff meetings.

  • Receive CPD in placement schools that complement your training at University and “on the job”.

  • Experience CPD from Specialist Leaders of Education.

  • Receive opportunities for enhancement throughout the year, including experience in a special school setting.

About the accredited body

  • You will be expected to complete two Masters Level assignments at Liverpool Hope University. If successfully completed, they will result in the award of 60 Masters Level credits. Assignments have been designed specifically for trainee teachers to help you further develop your Teaching Practice.

  • Full access to Liverpool Hope University Learning and Support Services throughout the course allowing you to access library resources and seek individual help with all aspects of your academic work.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St John Bosco is committed to providing an inclusive environment which enables all students to achieve their potential.

If you have a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia, you will hopefully indicate this on your UCAS/Application form. This will help us to arrange the most appropriate and suitable support for you in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University.

If you declare a disability on your application form and accept an offer to study with us, we will contact you by email to request more information from you.

Contact details

St John Bosco Arts College
61 Storrington Avenue
L11 9DQ


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