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Calderdale and Kirklees Teaching School Hub Physics (2M62)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Huddersfield
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

As a Physics Initial Trainee Teacher (ITT) you will learn how to plan and teach effective Physics lessons. Working in the Science Department you will develop a clear understanding of how the subject is delivered in secondary schools. You will gain valuable experience in Science subjects whilst on the course.

A significant amount of your learning and training will take place during two block placements within our Alliance schools. You will also attend subject knowledge days at the University of Huddersfield. You will complete a minimum of 120 days in school. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the PGCE (with QTS). This comprises of 120 credits, 90 of which are at Masters Level.

At the GLA, we try to contrast the two placement schools as much as possible, providing the trainee with a breadth of experience which will make them employable in the future.

You will be placed in your subject Department and will receive practical training which will allow you to develop a clear understanding of educational issues and effective classroom techniques. You will be gradually introduced to teaching through observations, training, assessments and marked assignments. Throughout the course you will be supported by teachers, senior leaders and trained mentors. You will be provided with the opportunity to immerse yourself fully in school life.

We believe that a GLA school direct trainee is provided with a realistic teacher training experience and we have no doubt you will build a network of contacts within the teaching profession. Many of our former trainees have secured employment within our Alliance schools and continue to train with the GLA in their NQT year and beyond.

We are confident our GLA trainees are very well supported during their training year. School leaders have a firm commitment to ensuring that all of our trainees complete their studies with the essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for a rewarding career in the teaching profession.

School placements

You will have two block placements during the training year and training is delivered in our GLA schools by senior leaders, teachers and lecturers from the University of Huddersfield. There are 6 secondary schools within our Alliance located in the Kirklees area.

Wherever possible we try and consider trainees preferences over schools, but this is not always feasible. We do consider travelling distances, but trainees must demonstrate some flexibility over school placements. For secondary training you will cover the age range 11 - 16 and you may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education wherever possible.

For secondary you will cover the age range 11 - 16 and you may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education wherever possible.

At each placement school you will have a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor (usually outside of your subject area) All mentors are experienced members of staff and receive regular specialised training from the University of Huddersfield and GLA. Trainees have regular opportunities to network with other trainees both in placement schools and across the Alliance through training and CPD.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry requirements:

  • Honours degree (2:2 or above) least 50% of your degree should be in Biology;

  • 2 scientific GCE A-levels at grade C or above (can accept Mathematics instead of Science).

  • GCSE English Language & Mathematics grade 4 above or grade C or a pass at grade 4 or above with

Requirements met by 31 August 2021.

  • Students starting their course after September 2020 no longer need to pass the teacher skills tests. Instead GLA are required to make an assessment of English and Maths and where necessary provide support to strengthen these skills throughout the training year.

Personal qualities

You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

All GLA Schools have very high expectations of their Trainees. At interview we will be seeking to recruit individuals who are:

  • Committed to delivering high quality teaching and learning

  • Inspiring and self-motivated individuals

  • Individuals who are passionate about their subject

  • Prepared to work hard to achieve the best outcomes for all students

  • Professional and have a clear commitment to joining the teaching profession.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. There is a charge (currently £44). You don’t need to do anything before you apply.

  • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

This information is for applicants applying to study at the University of Huddersfield in the academic year 2019/20. Please note that your tuition fees for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

About the training provider

Calderdale & Kirklees Teaching School Hub is a growing partnership of schools and institutions in West Yorkshire. Lead School is Shelley College (Secondary) and was designated a Teaching School in 2014. Our passion is to ensure the children and young people in all our schools achieve their personal best.

Most of our partners are judged to be at least “good” by OFSTED and many of these are ‘outstanding’. Our aim is to promote our strengths, and to enable schools in the local community and beyond to make significant improvements in the quality of their leadership, teaching, talent, staffing capacity and pupil progress.

Across our partner schools there are Subject Experts, Specialist Leaders of Education, Excellent Practitioners, trained Coaches and Mentors. We provide all our ITTs with high quality support throughout their training year.

Our schools encompass the full age range from 3 to 18. Trainees may be offered the opportunity to gain experience in post 16 education. GLA schools share skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve the learning and achievements of young people across the region and beyond.

We encourage our trainees to develop their individual teaching style. We want to inspire those we work with; pupils, teachers and leaders to achieve their personal best. We are dedicated to the development of teachers throughout their career, from Initial Teacher Training through to leaders of schools. For further information visit our website:

Interview process

Applications are received on our behalf by the University of Huddersfield via UCAS. We work closely together to ensure all applicants meet the academic requirements of the course. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at one of the GLA schools. You will be provided with details of the interview once selected. Under normal circumstances, the interviews comprise of:

  • Mini Teach (15 minutes) with a class of students (Key stage 3)

  • Formal Interview with Teachers & Representatives from GLA

  • Meeting with Head of Department to explore Subject Knowledge or alternatively a written test.

  • PLEASE NOTE Due to current COVID restrictions interviews may need to be virtual via Microsoft Teams.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, recognising the valuable and important contribution individuals bring to school life. We will always seek to ensure individuals with disabilities and other needs are supported during their placement.

We adhere to The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which require teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN).

All our partner Schools value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring.

Contact this training provider

01484 868762
Shelley College
Huddersfield Road
West Yorkshire

Support and advice

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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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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