Heckmondwike Grammar School Physics (2TSV)

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

Accredited body
Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT
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

Initial teacher training (ITT) is delivered over the course of one academic school year, from September to July. Under the stewardship of a specialist mentor, trainees will first establish their existing subject knowledge and skillsets before negotiating a tailored training plan to follow.

A typical week generally comprises of four days attending the host school and one day (traditionally Fridays) studying the theory of professional practice within a classroom setting, delivered by school leaders and pedagogical specialists. In addition to this, trainees will also take advantage of three subject weeks spread across the academic year (one week per term). These sessions provide an opportunity to further enhance subject specific knowledge and practice alongside other trainees with a similar subject focus.

To attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) trainees must demonstrate and evidence their ability within five core areas of practice that consolidate the Teachers’ Standards. The Teachers’ Standards define the minimum level of practice expected of trainees and teachers from the point of being awarded QTS (DfE. 2013). These five core areas include: behaviour management; pedagogy; curriculum; assessment; and professional behaviours. The course will provide the necessary training, opportunities and guidance to fulfil all such areas to the highest of standards, underpinned by empirical evidence. Trainees will need to demonstrate these competencies across two key stages as a minimum i.e. KS3/KS4 or KS4/KS5 dependent upon their chosen subject.

Trainee progress will be constantly monitored and evidenced in a number of ways:

  • Weekly mentor meetings
  • Weekly observations of teaching practice accompanied with strengths and targets to make further progress
  • Half-termly reports compiled by a visiting tutor
  • Termly reports written by a mentor
  • A second placement report
  • Three reflection point assignments
  • A video of the trainee exemplifying their accomplishments against the five core areas of competence.

School placements

Trainees are appointed to a designated host school for the majority of their training year. The placement will be sourced and arranged by the lead school before the beginning of the training year.

A second placement at a contrasting school is undertaken by the trainee, usually throughout the first half-term following the new year (Jan-Feb). This experience provides an opportunity for trainees to gain additional and valuable experience within an antithetical school setting, which provides polarising challenges, cultures and academic priorities in comparison to the host school.

The second school placement offers trainees a chance to compare two different experiences and comprehend the type of school they wish to pursue when seeking gainful employment as an early career teacher (ECT).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

  • A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, teaching and learning
  • An understanding of children as learners
  • A clear and positive educational philosophy
  • An understanding of current educational issues
  • A knowledge or understanding of the chosen subject specialism within the curriculum
  • A good standard of written and spoken English
  • Competent skills in ICT
  • An ability to establish effective working relationships* An understanding of the demands of the school-based route into teaching
  • A dedicated and resilient work ethic
  • A warm and nurturing nature towards others

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will be organised for you. An overseas check may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK. You will also be subject to the following checks:

  • Health
  • Identity
  • Relevant work qualifications
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Professional registration
  • References
  • A Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.

Fees and financial support

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

The course fees for this year are as follows:

  • UK students £9,250
  • EU students £9,250

We offer two options:

  • £9,250 for Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE*) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • £7,500 for QTS only

  • The PGCE award equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support (including bursaries, scholarships and loans) while you study. If required, the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT will support you through the student finance process for fees and maintenance grants, administer SKE funding and even sign post other possible funding streams.

About the training provider

Heckmondwike Grammar School (HGS) is a leading provider for the School Direct teacher training scheme. We have extensive experience of school-based initial teacher training, which allows us to provide high quality teacher training experiences that will prepare you for a new and exciting career in education.

HGS is a high achieving school composed of high ability children; approximately 1500 pupils including 600 in the sixth form. Our results are recognised as the highest in the Kirklees and Calderdale area. Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding during their last visit and the national and local press regularly include us in their lists of the UK’s high-performing schools. In The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2020, Heckmondwike Grammar School was identified as one of the top ten state secondary schools in the North of England based on GCSE performance.

We have a long established track record of training teachers and working with higher education institutions; we recognise the benefits that trainees can offer schools. We provide a unique school-based learning opportunity in partnership with the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT and in conjunction with Huddersfield University.

Your mentor will be a highly qualified teacher in your chosen subject specialism with subject knowledge and exam board specification experience unrivalled by any lecture-based teaching provider. You will become equipped with a toolbox of strategies, techniques and professional practices, specific to your subject, to become an outstanding teacher of tomorrow.

About the accredited body

Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT are an established and successful teacher training provider and have been training teachers across West Yorkshire since 2003, rated ‘Good’ in our Ofsted Inspection in 2015.

As a trainee you will benefit from experienced mentors in school, supporting you on a daily basis. This runs alongside highly regarded tutors who ensure your training year is a positive and successful experience in becoming a qualified teacher.

You will be based in school for four days and will spend one day at our central base for the core programme each week to ensure you develop as effective teachers.

Interview process

Successful applicants to ITT will be invited to an interview day at Heckmondwike Grammar School. The process offers an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their suitability for teacher training in a number of ways. This is likely to include a short-written task; numeracy and/or literacy test; teaching a pre-prepared lesson; and an interview by a panel comprising of the Deputy Head, the ITT Coordinator, a subject specialist leader and a Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT representative.

Interviewees must present the relevant documentation requested by the host school at this stage in the application process to adhere to safeguarding policy. This will include two forms of photo ID, proof of address and evidence of English and Maths GCSE qualifications through the presentation of certificates.

ITT trainees will be selected at the end of each interview day. The host school will endeavour to notify those successful in securing a teacher training place within 24 hours of the interview day. An offer of placement will be made to the candidate, which could carry conditional terms.

All trainees will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as a prerequisite before embarking upon teacher training.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

Heckmondwike Grammar School is committed to Equality and Diversity. All schools where trainees are placed have clearly established policies, processes and systems that are closely monitored to ensure all trainees are suitably catered for and supported. For those trainees with specific needs, a bespoke approach is employed to ensure there are no barriers to learning.

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Support and advice

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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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