Lampton Academy
Physical Education (HJ89)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Financial support
Student finance 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The School Direct 11-16 course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner who can provide creative, challenging and purposeful teaching. Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course you will receive training on one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. These are delivered by outstanding current practitioners, with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and sharing developments in pedagogy. Trainees may take up a teaching post in the placement school following graduation but this is not guaranteed.

The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments into teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school.

It is anticipated that you will bring to the course some level of expertise in certain areas of the curriculum, but that you will require support with others. This support will be provided by course tutors and school-based mentors; however, it is essential that you identify your own specific needs in terms of the areas you wish to develop.

You will develop your subject knowledge, understanding and skills required to successfully teach physical education in a secondary school classroom for up to post 16 courses. You will experience a primary school and have a contrasting placement in a second school.

Interview process

A rigorous selection and interview process is undertaken so that only candidates with excellent subject knowledge and aptitude for teaching enter the programme. Interviews take place at a number of schools in the London West Alliance and at the LWA SCITT. The interview process is designed to assess suitability to teach and will focus on the applicant’s

  • Communication skills
  • Potential to teach and understanding of a teacher’s role
  • Subject knowledge
  • Personal, organisational and transferrable skills The assessment day consists of the following:
  • A short teaching activity with pupils focused on clear communication and potential to teach
  • A group activity focussed on communication and listening skills and the candidates’ vision and values about teaching
  • A panel interview
  • Confirmation of identity and qualifications
  • The opportunity to identify development needs

After the assessment day you will receive formal notification via UCAS. You may be made a conditional offer (For example, dependent on the skills tests, equivalency testing, subject knowledge enhancement courses). You may be made an unconditional offer (still subject to enhanced safeguarding clearance). When you have accepted a place on our course we will contact you with details on how to for a successful start. If you are not successful then members of the SCITT interview panel will be available to give you feedback.

How school placements work

There are currently 14 schools in the LWA SCITT partnership, mainly located in or near the borough of Hounslow, although some are situated more widely across London. The course is for 11-16 but we guarantee experience of KS5 as part of the programme. Trainees have 2 placements, the first placement is their main school. However, they will spend half a term from mid-February until Easter in a contrasting second placement school.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

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.



  • An undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) related to the teaching subject specialism.
  • GCSEs (or approved equivalents) at grade 4 (grade C) or above in both mathematics and English Language . We accept the equivalency tests in mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing and A Star Teachers. We also accept an IELTS score of 7.0 and Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II (Distinction).
  • Overseas qualifications must be checked for comparability at degree and school level including GCE A’ level equivalency and maths, English GCSE at grade 4 (C grade) or equivalency

Personal qualities

We actively welcome applications from a range of trainees with different backgrounds. We believe our pupils benefit from working with teachers with different experiences. From more mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the world of work, to applicants straight from their first degrees. However all potential candidates should have:

  • good subject knowledge
  • excellent communication skills
  • commitment to lifelong learning
  • ability to reason
  • empathy
  • resilience
  • stamina
  • excellent organisational skills
  • high professional standards
  • above all a strong sense of moral purpose and belief in the transformative purpose of education.

Other requirements

  1. All potential candidates are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition checks. Potential candidates who have worked or lived abroad for 12 months or more cumulatively in the previous 10 years to application will need to provide an Overseas Police check.
  2. Literacy and numeracy competency to be assessed through the LWA SCITT.

About the training provider

We have been leading innovation and developing expertise in initial teacher training for 16 years and our programme is led by a team of highly expert practitioners who are also established researchers in the field of education and teacher development. Our intensive training programme is at the cutting edge, with enhanced professional studies to enable you to be creative practitioners ready for the challenges of teaching in the 21st century. This secondary programme will prepare you to teach young people in the 11-16 age phase. You will also benefit from opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth form level and from learning about pupil experience of the primary curriculum. Begin your journey into the profession with us!

You can achieve Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Masters level credits when you train with us. We offer a PGCE using the expertise of our partner Roehampton University who provide our research based subject studies.

We will also support you in developing your subject knowledge for teaching. Our subject mentors are effective teachers and in addition they are required to undertake a training programme, based on most effective practice, ready to support you on your entry into the profession.

We have an excellent employability record, with excellent employment outcomes

Training with disabilities and other needs

Individual needs are identified through application and interview process to ensure appropriate and reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate the candidate prior to starting the course. Throughout the course trainees are assigned to one of the lead members of the central team with whom they have regular one to one check ins. This means those with particular needs can be regularly monitored and early support can be put in place where necessary and in conjunction with appropriate agencies when needed.

Contact details

020 8538 4790
Lampton School
Lampton Avenue


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