Wood Green ITT Alliance
Physics (2YL4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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 is a School Direct PGCE Initial Teacher Training course which is run by the Wood Green ITT Alliance in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. Our 2019-20 cohort of School Direct trainees gained QTS with good or outstanding grades and many had already secured employment for September 2020 by the Easter break. Wood Green ITT Alliance’s School Direct trainees are tuition fee paying trainees (fees payable to the UoW) who will receive very similar training and the same qualifications as core University of Wolverhampton PGCE trainees. Our School Direct route allows you to apply directly for your preferred main training school; the schools available for this particular course are listed below. This year long, full-time course will train you to teach secondary school pupils. (120 days in school; 50 days approx at university) The course is split into three placement phases. In Phases 1 and 3, 18 weeks in total, you will train at your chosen training school. In Phase 2, you will have the opportunity to train at a different school.
You will be trained as a subject specialist but some school based elements of the course will be devoted to whole school aspects of the teaching profession. An essential part of the course is the Professional Learning and Development programme which addresses such aspects as Special Educational Needs, behaviour management, working with pupils who have English as an Additional Language and of course, the professional standards that trainees must meet in order to qualify. This programme has been developed to include a mixture of university and school-based sessions, delivered by both academic tutors and practising teaching staff. This is a demanding, full-time course during which you will be required to produced essays and research projects for university alongside your teaching practice. However, our Alliance is committed to providing you with all the support you need from both your school-based and university tutors. Your progress and well-being will be closely monitored, with supportive target setting and action planning at regular intervals so that you are kept on track to achieving an outstanding outcome. You will also take part in the extensive whole school CPD programme and be encouraged to reflect upon your own professional learning needs. So, if you are enthusiastic and have a personal commitment to teaching, you will not find a better place to begin your career.

Interview process

Once applications have been received by the Director of the Wood Green ITT Alliance through UCAS, in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton subject tutors, candidates will be shortlisted. Successful candidates will be invited for interview at the University of Wolverhampton and for a School Assessment day at applicants’ first choice of training school. Please note that passing professional skills tests are no longer required to get onto the course but an audit of applicants’ literacy and numeracy skills will be completed by the university tutor on the interview day. After the interview and the school assessment have taken place, if both the training school and the university agree that the candidate is suitable for a place on the School Direct PGCE teacher training course, an official offer will be made to the candidate. Please note that it make take a little time for the offer to come through the electronics systems. The applicant has then the opportunity to accept or decline the offer.

How school placements work

After three September weeks of university-based initial training, you will start your school-based training at your chosen main training school at the start of October.
Training programme breakdown:

  • Phase 1: 10 weeks - chosen main training school (Oct-Dec)
  • Phase 2: 6 weeks - second school (Jan-March)
  • Phase 3: 8 weeks - chosen main training school (March- May/June)
  • 1 week’s placement in a Primary school (Jan) Throughout the three phases of your school-based training, you will have the opportunity to observe many lessons and many teachers, not just in your subject area. Your co-teaching or lead teaching timetable will increase from 30% to 60% of a qualified teacher’s timetable in at least two range ages throughout the year according to your strengths. You will be supported and observed all year long by a school-based subject mentor, a professional mentor and university tutor. All will provide you with the quality feedback you need to achieve the best outcome. We will seek to allocate Phase 2 placements within our Alliance but a degree of flexibility is possible in this regard. Our aim is to give you experience in contrasting secondary schools in order to equip you to teach in any context in your future career.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,750

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.



Bachelor honours degree, (ideally 2:1 or above) or a degree of equivalent level from outside the UK.

  • You will need to be able to demonstrate that 50% of modules studied were in the subject you wish to teach. If this is not the case a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may be set as a condition of the offer of a place.
  • For MFL applicants - An alternative subject degree may be acceptable for native speakers.

NB: Applicants with a degree gained outside the UK, must gain validation from NARIC, to demonstrate that qualifications are equivalent to the UK standard. http://www.naric.org.uk

Personal qualities

Applicants should be passionate about their subject and have a strong desire to share their knowledge with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. They should be committed, resilient and enthusiastic. Having a meaningful experience of working with young people will favour an applicant but such experience is not a compulsory requirement. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can communicate effectively with both adults and young people. The ability to reflect on any recent educational experiences and articulate their own perceived professional learning needs will also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Other requirements

Applicants must be aware that an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme. The University of Wolverhampton will assist you with regards to applying for your DBS.

About the training provider

Wood Green Academy is the Lead School of the Wood Green ITT Alliance. We have an extensive proven track record in training students to become outstanding teachers. Our main ITT pathway is the School Direct with QTS & PGCE route with in excess of 60 places advertised in 17 different curriculum areas across the Wood Green ITT Alliance for 2021-22. It has always been our philosophy as a Lead School to give teacher training applicants the opportunity to specifically apply for the training school/campus of their choice; you are therefore able, from the start, to select your preferred training school. It is our belief that the opportunity to mutually assess both enhances the training experience and produces the best outcomes. The Academy has a long standing reputation for achieving some of the best GCSE and Post 16 results in the local area, and in February 2020, under the new Ofsted framework, achieved an overall effectiveness rating of good. Furthermore, it is only one of nine secondary schools nationally that achieved the grade of outstanding for behaviour and attitudes, something we are extremely proud of. Our subject mentors are extremely committed to your development and their vast experience will guide you to success. Wood Green ITT Alliance school direct trainees will benefit from a precious extra layer of support compared to core PGCE trainees. Our Alliance of schools enables more convenient arrangements for second school placements and greater opportunities for employment after the completion of your training.

About the accredited body

Our partnership with the University of Wolverhampton is very well established and we are their flag ship Lead school for the School Direct Secondary Route. As such, we play a very important part in many aspects of their ITE programme. Our close geographical proximity facilitates a well-balanced training experience. Our teaching staff also work with the university to provide teacher subject specialism training. In addition, our partnership provides opportunities for early career development. Web link: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/schooldirect

Training with disabilities and other needs

Wood Green ITT Alliance is committed to supporting applicants with disabilities and special needs. In partnership with the Universities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham, we endeavour to break down any barrier that may stand in an individual’s way of training as a teacher. Furthermore, our trainees’ mental health is at the heart of our mentoring and professional learning and development programmes.

Contact details

Wood Green Road
WS10 9QU


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Burton Borough School
Audley Avenue, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7DS
Yes 2
Main Site
Wood Green Academy, Wood Green Road, Wednesbury, WS10 9QU
Yes -
Ormiston South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy
Dudley Steet, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 0LN
Yes S
Pool Hayes Academy
Castle Drive, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV12 4QZ
Yes P
St Francis of Assisi Catholic College
Yes 5
St Peter’s Collegiate Church of England School
Compton Park, Compton Road West, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV3 9DU
Yes X
The King’s CE School
Regis Road , Wolverhampton , WEST-MIDLANDS, WV6 8XG
Yes Y
Wednesfield High Academy
Yes 7
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy
Hydes Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 0DR
Yes O

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