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The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership Physics with Mathematics (35PK)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

How this course is organised?

The PGCE course at the University of Leicester is divided into two halves, Phase A and Phase B, each with clearly delineated priorities to guide progress towards successful completion.

Two-thirds of the time (currently 24 weeks out of 36) is spent in schools, starting with a two-week preliminary attachment to a primary school with time spent in a secondary school that its pupils transfer to. A pack of materials incorporating designated tasks and critical reading enables student teachers to make the most of this experience and also supports the completion of a preliminary assignment.

On arrival in Leicester, students begin Phase A of their training, starting with an intensive University-based programme consisting of days devoted to subject work and days for the core Professional Studies Programme, which all students follow (A1). This helps prepare students for their first school placement, which at Leicester comes early in the PGCE course. By Christmas, everyone will have completed over a month’s teaching in school (A2). Students then return to the same school after Christmas, continuing with their teaching for a further two weeks.

A similar format is repeated in the second half of the year (Phase B). Some mainly University-based weeks (B1) lead into a substantial period of teaching experience in a different school (B2). A concluding spell in the same school, working on a subject project and other activities while continuing with a reduced teaching load, (B3) is followed by a final week in the School of Education.

What is taught on this course? There are two inter-related strands: subject work and the Professional Studies Programme, with elements of both developed through taught sessions in the University and through practical teaching experiences in schools.

A number of features are common to all courses, regardless of the specific subject students are preparing to teach:

Close links between the University and its partner schools/colleges, ensuring placement experiences in different institutions draw on and inform each other

Individual Action Planning that helps students identify their own development needs and make appropriate plans to fulfil them as they progress through the course

Subject sessions, particularly in the early part of the course, which concentrate on fundamental matters such as lesson planning and evaluation, literacy, preparation of resources, adapting to various levels of pupil ability and the importance of assessment, recording and reporting achievement

School placements

Placements schools will be those within The Beauchamp Lionheart Trust. Schools are selected to ensure a breadth of experience, though we will consider any preferences. You will have the opportunity to experience teaching across the 11-18 age range.

The placements are referred to as ‘Phase A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements.

Phase A Your first placement is the ‘Phase A’ placement. After induction you will then spend about 10 weeks in this school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training and the subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement.

Phase B During your ‘Phase B’ placement you will spend about 12 weeks in your second placement school. The Phase B school has a Co-ordinator and mentor who have similar roles and responsibilities as those in the ‘Phase A’ School.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Minimum degree required: Lower Second

Degree and Post-16 qualifications Applicants for all science subjects should normally have a minimum of a second class honours degree. This should be in a subject closely related to the subject specialism you wish to pursue. As a guideline, the main subject should have comprised at least 50% of the degree course and/or have been successfully studied at GCE Advanced level or in a further degree. In exceptional circumstances we accept applicants whose degree does not meet these general guidelines.

Personal qualities

We prefer all prospective students to have spent 10 days or more observing, and possibly assisting, learners and teachers in secondary science classrooms in order to familiarise themselves with current developments in science teaching. We appreciate that it is not always possible to complete 10 days observation before interview, but it is important that you have had a few days in a school in order that you can reflect and give examples during your interview. We welcome applicants who can provide suitable evidence of their engagement with practical work in the laboratory and demonstrate their interest in practical science.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,405

UK and EU Students This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019 Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2018 was:

£9,250 PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.

Scholarship Teacher Training Scholarships for Secondary Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Languages, History, Religious Education, English and Geography Trainees

Scholarships of up to £32,000 (depending on the subject) are awarded to the most talented trainees in place of the NCTL bursary.

To be awarded a Scholarship you will need outstanding subject knowledge and the potential to become an inspirational physics, chemistry, mathematics, languages or geography teacher.

To view the full eligibility criteria and submit an application, please visit the website of the appropriate organisation:

Institute of Physics (Physics and Physics with Maths) Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (Maths) Royal Society of Chemistry (Chemistry) Royal Geographical Society (Geography) British Council (Modern Languages) International Students This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019 Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2018 was:

£15,405 Please note that International Students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website.

About the training provider

Beauchamp College is an outstanding 11-19 school with a 6th form of over 1000 students. We have a strong tradition of supporting young people in gaining the highest GCSE and A’ Level results through high quality teaching and subject specialism.

Our educational mission is simple: ANY young person from ANY background deserves an EQUAL chance to be successful in whatever they choose to do. The trust is committed to supporting young people to open doors to their futures and to feel confident that they can thrive in a competitive world.

All schools in the partnership will be part of the same Multi-Academy Trust. The Lionheart Academies Trust seeks to develop teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development.

We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching in collaboration with an expert team.

Our Schools:

  • Beauchamp College, an 11-19 school in Oadby (Lead School)
  • The Cedars Academy, an 11-19 school in Birstall
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, an 11-16 girls’ school based in Leicester
  • Judgemeadow Community College, and 11-16 school in Evington
  • The Martin High School, an 11-19 school in Anstey
  • Beauchamp City Sixth Form, a 16-18 college in Leicester City Centre

There are 4 primary schools in The Trust:

  • Brockshill
  • Riverside
  • Hallam Fields
  • Highcliffe Academy

Find out more here: BeauchampTeach

About the accredited body

Our PGCE teacher training courses are taught by experts with years of experience as teachers themselves. We aim to develop inspirational teaching, informed by current research and grounded in a practical understanding of what works in the classroom.

You’ll have ongoing support from a range of tutors throughout your studies, helping to build your confidence and skills as you progress.

Our PGCE courses focus on developing the kind of teachers schools tell us they want to employ. It’s no wonder our graduates are in high demand, with 96% securing their first teaching post within 12 months of finishing the course.

Interview process

Our selection process is in two parts: School based interview and University based interview. During the process you will participate in a small group discussion and presentation activity with candidates from a range of subjects.

Teachers from Partnership schools are normally involved, as well as University Tutors.

The day will also involve:

  • An individual interview with the University Subject Tutor(s) and visiting teacher(s). You will be encouraged to demonstrate commitment to your subject, to reflect on relevant previous experience, and expand upon the skills, knowledge, experiences and aptitude that you can bring to your training.

  • A short subject specific written task which is designed to explore aspects of your subject knowledge and the quality of your expression*

Further details about the selection process are on the School of Education website

  • The University of Leicester is committed to Equal Opportunities for all students and potential students, and support is available for candidates for whom this task might present a challenge. Potential applicants for whom this may be a consideration are advised to contact the Secondary PGCE team in advance.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Definition of Disability A person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Equality Act 2010)

Reasonable Adjustments: To achieve this level playing field the concept of reasonable adjustment has been established. Please contact as at to talk about how we can support you.

A vitally important aspect of providing a reasonable adjustment is that the dignity of individuals is paramount. This point is relevant to all of us whatever our role. Disabled people do not want favours and do not want to stand out as special cases. They simply want the same level of opportunity to achieve and to live.

In addition to support available from The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership, as a University of Leicester Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University PGCE student you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021