Prendergast School
Physics (2C2K)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
King’s College London (University of London)
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The PGCE Physics at King’s prepares trainees to become thoughtful, creative and engaging teachers, through understanding both the research which underpins and advances science teaching, and a wide range of practical approaches. The course is taught by an internationally-recognised science education group with over three decades of acclaimed research. The aim of our course is to make you an effective teacher of science and to help you develop high professional standards. The course is designed to prepare science teachers to work in secondary schools as part of a team that teaches science up to Year 11 and physics to Years 12 and 13 (post-16).

This is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience. One will be based at Prendergast school and the other will be based in another secondary schools in Lewisham. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy. The course also prepares students to teach outside the classroom: there is a residential field-trip and several other opportunities to make best use of what London has to offer the science teacher.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school.

94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying

PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. One reason is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014

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Interview process

Before you can be offered a place on a the School Direct PGCE programme, you will need to attend an in-person interview at King’s College, usually within 40 days of your application submission date. You will also be invited to attend an interview at Prendergast School with the Head of ITT and the Head of Faculty.

Please ensure that you will be able to attend an interview during this time and are able to keep a full day free. Further information on PGCE interviews can be found on the UCAS website.

How school placements work

You will complete two blocks of teaching experience. The first is for 4 days a week and lasts for 15 weeks (October - January) and the second is for 5 days a week and lasts for 13 weeks (February - June). One placement will be based at Prendergast School and the other will be based in another secondary school in Lewisham.

In each of your placements you will be supported by an experienced trained mentor and have the opportunity to attend in school professional study sessions.

Prendergast school is an 11-18 school so you will have the opportunity to teach post 16 students during your placement there.

Our partner schools are Prendergast Ladywell School, Prendergast Vale School and Addey and Stanhope School, Your second placement will be selected according to your individual training needs.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £18,900

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

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

King’s will automatically assess your eligibility for a bursary when a place on a PGCE course is offered. King’s will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course



Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of: Bachelor’s degree with at least 2:2 honours (or overseas equivalent) usually in the subject you wish to teach. Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.

GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test set by King’s, before the course starts.

Personal qualities

We will be looking for evidence that your science knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up to date. Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Other requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal conviction check) and Occupational Health check are required for the teacher training programmes. There is a fee of £46.55 for the DBS check

About the training provider

Prendergast School and King’s College London are both recognised by OFSTED as outstanding providers. Training within a consortium of other Lewisham and Prendergast Federation schools you will have excellent career opportunities in education. To enhance your school direct experience Prendergast School is the lead, providing in school training to support your learning on Kings PGCE course.

About the accredited body

Studying at a Russell Group University means being in touch with leading research and thinking. The Department of Education at Kings is ranked very highly amongst university education departments whilst the College is ranked highly in international league tables.

Teaching is academically and professionally challenging and King’s College expect hard work from and, in return, offer much academic and personal support, including individual and group tutorials.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applicants with disabilities and have a track record of providing strong mentoring to support trainees with disabilities.

Contact details

Prendergast School
Adelaide Avenue


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