Achieve with TELA Physics (E955)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Leicestershire Secondary 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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


About the course

The Achieve with TELA an established school based programme with a successful track record in teacher training working in partnership with Leicestershire Secondary SCITT.

You will learn from current practising teachers, see how every lesson has the potential to change a life and start to develop skills required to start doing so yourself, in your community.

Our course structure covers the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your early career teacher (ECT) classroom.

You will cover keys stages 2 to 5 and have an in-depth knowledge of how the practice develops through these age ranges.

During your training year you will earn both your Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education(PGCE) and develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice.

The course is tailored to your needs, while on your two main teaching placements you will have an experienced, supportive subject mentor in school. This approach allows you the time required to embed the theory learned into your practice and explore how an effective teacher utilises cognitive science, pedagogical teaching strategies and experience to refine their teaching.

As a school-based provider, you are working with practising teachers modelling the latest effective teaching methods. You are supported, every step of the way.

In school, you will be working with your subject mentor and initial teacher training (ITT) coordinator, who ensure you have the exposure required to gain a broad understanding.

A key feature of our course is the lead subject tutor (LST) role. These are experts within your subject, who work with you to build upon the introductory theory and deliver advanced sessions, really focusing your training on what excellence means, within your subject specialism. In addition to these features, you will also become a full member of the University of Leicester and have access to the full support of this establishment.

Our core learning programme is delivered by current practising teachers who are experts in their field. The sessions will be delivered in a school from across the TELA Alliance that exemplifies this best practice, meaning that you experience a range of environments, ultimately shaping you into a powerful, impactful and effective teacher.

Teachers training teachers to change children’s lives in the local community…

School placements

You complete 5 placements across the year, providing a broad overview of teaching in primary, secondary, sixth form and special educational needs (SEN). Your main two teaching experiences will be in two complementary secondary schools (ages 11 to 16/ 18) from across our alliance.

Each placement is tailored to meet your needs and you begin teaching when you are ready. Initially, you observe a range of teachers and identify how they deliver effective lessons to a diverse range of students. Following this, you will begin completing some group work and deliver some starters and plenaries with your mentor. When you are ready, you begin team-teaching or delivering your lessons. The build-up is gradual with you teaching 7 lessons by Christmas. By the end of the course, you are delivering 12 lessons. As the course is school-based, you spend much longer in the classroom and develop at a pace that suits you. Our lead subject mentors are also on hand to provide additional support, to help you develop into the teacher you aspire to be.

The theory is drip-fed, throughout the year, with you spending 4 days in schools and 1-day learning academic theory. This allows you time to apply and embed your learning before moving on.

Your subject mentor will guide and support you, as you try new ideas and see what teaching strategies work for both you and your classes. The breadth of placements provides you the opportunities, skills and experience required to become an effective practitioner who changes children’s lives.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Brockington College
Blaby Road, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4AQ
Countesthorpe Academy
Winchester Road, Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, LE8 5PR
Redmoor Academy
Wykin Road, Leicestershire, LE10 0EP
Thomas Estley Community College
Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6PT
Thomas Estley Learning Alliance
Lead School : Thomas Estley, Station Road, Broughton Astley, LE9 6PT
Wigston Academy
Station Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2DU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English.

Personal qualities

The Achieve School Direct programme is a challenging course and we aim to recruit the best. We are looking for applicants with a wide range of skills, knowledge and relevant experience as well as a passion for working with young people.

This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people, being able to develop positive relationships with young people and adults. An ability to listen, be sensitive, work collaboratively and respond to the needs of others are all crucial. You will need to be able to express your ideas confidently both orally and in writing.

Other requirements

All trainee students will be subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Bursaries, scholarships and financial support - please check for the most up to date information on ‘Get into Teaching’

About the training provider

Achieve with TELA school provides school based initial teacher training in primary and secondary education. We are an established programme with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

“The experience and opportunities you will receive are invaluable” English Trainee

You will learn from practicing teachers and university specialists. You will develop your knowledge of how academic theory underpins your classroom practice. Our course structures cover the areas you need to feel completely prepared to enter your early career teacher classroom.

“The training sessions were relevant and pragmatic. As well as the content it was always great to meet up with other Achieve trainees” Science Trainee

We work with a community of local schools and many of our graduates find employment within our alliance. Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced, supportive mentors in schools.

“A very supportive alliance. Talented staff with a passion to teach people how to teach” Drama Trainee

Our course partners include the Leicestershire SCITT, University of Leicester and Warwick University.

All courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Masters Credits.

“Getting to experience a number of different schools during training was incredibly worthwhile “ Math’s Trainee

Children and young adults are at the heart of everything we do, - Achieve with TELA are with you every step of the way.

Interview process

Thomas Estley is the lead school and will co-ordinate the recruitment and placement process. On receipt of your application, it will be screened to ensure that you met our criteria. We are looking for evidence across the following areas:

  • Suitable academic qualifications (refer to entry requirements)
  • Experience (paid or voluntary) in an educational-related setting, wider working with children or young people or tell us about your transferable skills.
  • A personal statement which shows an ability to reflect on your experiences. Consider how your experiences, skills and achievements provide evidence that you have the potential to be a great teacher. Pay particular attention to reflecting on relevant experience in a way that indicates a capacity for critical reflection and an awareness of key issues in education.
  • References, you will require an academic and non-academic reference. (Please refer to the Get into teaching website for more guidance on referees).

If your application is successfully you will be invited to a 1/2-day assessment at Thomas Estley Community College. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available. The day will include:

  • Subject knowledge test
  • Classroom observation task
  • Group discussion task
  • Ten-minute presentation
  • Meeting our pupils
  • Staff/ subject panel interview (Subject to government restrictions - interviews may be held remotely).

We aim to notify you the outcome of your application within 48 working hrs, providing feedback if you have been unsuccessful.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are happy to receive applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the candidates needs across the alliance.

Contact this training provider

01455 283 263 ext 3206
Station Road
Broughton Astley

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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