Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance
Physics (25XP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
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

On successful completion of this programme you will be awarded a PGCE in Secondary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Level credits by University of Cumbria.

Our School Direct PGCE programme enables you to spend the vast majority of your year in a highly supportive school environment. Working with a school mentor who is a Science specialist you will be supported to gradually develop professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become a teacher.

You will start your first school placement at the beginning of September with a two week induction and will feel part of the staff team. Working alongside department colleagues on Inset day and seeing the new Year 7 intake arrive on their first day are valuable experiences which shape relationships for the coming year.

Weekly partnership conferences will take place in our training centre in Great Sankey, Warrington. These are led by expert teachers and Specialist Leaders of Education. These days are enhanced by 12 days at University of Cumbria (Lancaster Campus) for subject specific tutorials led by University experts.

This course blends theories about learning with the wide range of skills that a teacher needs. We give you opportunities to carry out research into the aspects of teaching that capture your imagination. This helps you develop a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom, which sustains the high levels of progress we expect.

You learn about the curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms.

You will learn about the teacher’s role in establishing an effective climate for learning and practical strategies for managing the behaviour of students.

Sessions in University support you in finding out how to use ICT effectively in your lessons, how to mark books and assess work, and how the new Key Stage 4 curriculum is structured.

We use a variety of methods and group sizes in our teaching, including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues, mixed-subject research training activities, and other opportunities to share ideas and work with your peers in small and large teams.

Assessment takes the form of three pieces of written coursework and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status .

Interview process

Great Sankey High School is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. We work in partnership with University of Cumbria to ensure that the selection and recruitment process is transparent and rigorous.

Senior colleagues from schools in the partnership will be involved in the selection process.

You will need to attend 1 interview. The process is will involve the following activities:

  • planning and preparing a 10-15 minute activity for a group of 7or 8 pupils
  • a written task
  • a short presentation based on a title which we will give you
  • a formal interview

How school placements work

You will have two main school placements during the year with opportunities for enhanced placements in a primary school and Green Lane Special School. Placement 1 will take place from September to December and Placement 2 will take place from January to June.

One of your placements will be at Great Sankey High School and the other at one of the secondary schools we work with.

You can express a preference about which school you will be placed in but we cannot promise to meet your request.

The idea of gradualism will inform the amount of teaching you undertake at different stages of your training. For example, in the first few weeks of your placement it is likely that you will be observing and supporting small groups of students under the guidance of the class teacher. This will develop into teaching parts of the lesson, team teaching and eventually planning and teaching whole lessons under the supervision of your mentor.

Your mentor will carefully monitor your progress and will meet with you regularly to help you to plan, evaluate and set appropriate targets for your development.

This highly supportive and personalised process will enable you to develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Your teaching will focus mainly on KS3 & KS4, however, you will have the opportunity to enhance your practice by observing and team teaching post-16 students in KS5.


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.



2:2 or above honours degree is normally required, although we will consider applicants with a third class degree in Physics or Science related degree.

We will consider applicants whose degree is not in Physics but in a related subject area if they posses good A levels in Science.

GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualification.

Don’t hold back from applying for our programme because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme.

Personal qualities

We are looking to recruit talented individuals 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;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills - friendly and approachable
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Passion for your subject
  • Resilience and a positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Leadership capabilities and an understanding of the importance of teamwork

Other requirements

You will be required to have a DBS (criminal record check) and Occupational Health Assessment prior to the start of the programme which will be organised by the University.

It will be beneficial if you can gain recent school experience prior to starting your course and, ideally, prior to application. Great Sankey High School participates in the School Experience Programme which gives graduates relevant school experience. More details of this can be found on the school website.

About the training provider

Join Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance (Warrington) and be welcomed to our learning community, supported to train as either a Primary or Secondary teacher from day one.

Located in Warrington with excellent access to Manchester and Liverpool, our partnership is led by a National Teaching School and consists of 3 secondary schools, 6 primary schools and a special school.

Why complete your PGCE with us?

  • Supportive mentoring; experienced and trained mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of outstanding teachers
  • High employment; schools in our partnership want to recruit outstanding teachers from our programme
  • Excellent facilities and opportunities; dedicated training centre and innovative programme design supports professional and leadership development with enrichment opportunities in a local special school
  • School-based training programme with University tutors travelling to support professional conferences

Our School Direct programme enables you to spend the vast majority of your year in a highly supportive school environment where you will train alongside dedicated professionals. Their expertise will help you to develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become a teacher, able to plan and deliver creative, purposeful and challenging lessons.

About the accredited body

We work with the University of Cumbria, one of the largest providers of ITT in the Northwest, as the accrediting body for our School Direct PGCE programme. The campus is based in Lancaster where our trainee teachers will have access to student services as well as the excellent facilities. The expertise of the tutors at University of Cumbria means trainees will be fully supported through both the academic aspects of their programme as well as the school based elements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an inclusive provider and all of our Alliance Schools are welcoming to trainees with disabilities and other needs. Our trainees have access to the full range of University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our School Direct Alliance. Much of the university-based support is available online and electronically and so accessible at a distance.

Contact details

Great Sankey High School
Barrow Hall Lane
Great Sankey


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