Alliance of Leading Learning Physics (G633)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Tes Institute
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
4 terms
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
January 2023
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Course summary

This is a Teacher Apprenticeship Course in partnership with TES and The Alliance of Leading Learning. The course commences in January 2023. QTS will be achieved by Dec 2023 and the apprenticeship award will be achieved in Jan 2024. The successful applicant will be employed on a temporary fixed contract for 4 terms and the salary will be an unqualified teacher scale. The Alliance of Leading Learning has an outstanding record for ITT having trained more than 400 teachers. This role will be based at Shrewsbury Academy.

School placements

The student will have most of the time at Shrewsbury Academy, but a 6-week placement will be required at a contrasting school.

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for those with a genuine passion for teaching and their chosen subject.

At interview the applicant will be expected to reflect on their experience in school and discuss what attributes they can offer to the teaching profession.

Training to be a teacher requires excellent time management skills. It is important to keep on top of lesson planning alongside the commitment to assignments.

It will be hard work and we expect those that we offer places to be committed to completing the course. We however guarantee to give you all the support that you need.


Unqualified teacher scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Marches School is a lead school for School Direct, it is the largest secondary school in Shropshire.

The school has over twenty years of experience in teacher training, offering innovative, successful programmes in all subjects and primary education. A world class education system requires world class teachers and this unique programme sets out to address this.

This programme is a way of training teachers which puts schools at the heart of the process. The Marches School and University of Chester, in partnership have designed and developed this school led teacher training programme, which is committed to training teachers to ensure that they have the potential to be outstanding at the end of the programme.

Trainees receive a flexible and bespoke timetable which scaffolds their learning and offers substantial mentoring to ensure that lesson planning and delivery is of the highest standard. As a result of one to one and group support mentors are able to monitor ITTs closely and ensure high quality teaching and learning.

We offer an on site Wellbeing Mentor to ensure that the ITTs are managing the demands of the course whilst maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Trainees are offered additional bespoke training sessions according to the needs of individuals and the whole cohort. These may cover areas such as: Behaviour Management, SEN needs, Transactional Analysis, stress management etc.

In addition, the training team have dedicated admin staff whose roles are to support the trainees with placements, stationery, IT requirements, travel and accommodation.

Interview process

The interview will be joint with TES and the Headteacher of the lead school. It will consist of the following elements:

  • 20-minute lesson delivered to a group of Yr 7 students.
  • A written assessment on a set topic.
  • A 10-minute presentation on a topic from the curriculum of the subject you wish to train to teach.
  • A 30-minute interview with a leader from TES and the lead school.
  • An English and maths assessment.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

As an alliance we are able to offer support to disabled applicants and students. This includes students with specific learning differences, long standing health conditions, mental health conditions, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and sensory impairments.

Specialist staff at both the university and the school site will support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning.

As a partnership we are keen to ensure all students benefit fully from the course and achieve their learning potential.

Many of our schools can cater for students with limited mobility in fact in 2017-2018 we accommodated a student with muscular dystrophy who successfully studied in two different schools that we were able to source and accessed the site on a mobility scooter.

We see it as a challenge to support applicants who we think have the potential to become outstanding teachers through the course and we will do so using as many strategies as we need.

Contact this training provider

Morda Road
SY11 2AR

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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