Kenilworth Partnership Physics (35HS)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


About the course

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) program; it provides fantastic experience if you want to train and learn “on the job”. You’ll be part of a teaching team from the very start, receiving robust support from experienced teachers and mentors.

At the Kenilworth Partnership we offer a very bespoke training experience, allowing mentors the opportunity to develop your skills at a rate perfectly suited to your ability and confidence.

The school experience begins with lesson observations before progressing to team teaching and working with smaller focus groups. Your teaching timetable increases gradually throughout the year in discussion with Subject and Professional Mentors and is fully supported throughout by qualified practitioners.

As part of your training, you will have the opportunity to track both a Teaching Assistant and a pupil which enables you to experience school life from varying perspectives. You will experience a five-day placement in a primary school setting and two days in a special school environment. We will also arrange a second placement in one of our partner schools so that you can further develop your insight into contrasting teaching environments.

In addition to your school-based training, study one day per week at the University of Warwick where you will access an outstanding academic program of study which will support you in understanding the theory behind your teaching practice.

The benefits of this course program includes:

  • Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Warwick
  • Strong mentor support
  • Excellent employment rates
  • Access to a comprehensive in-school training program
  • Rewarding career

School placements

The program includes a requirement for you to complete five days experience in a primary school setting. This enables you to experience KS2 pupils and understand their needs in readiness for transition to KS3.

We are happy for you to arrange this placement with a school of your choice although we do suggest that the five days are completed during the first half term of your course, before timetable commitments begin to increase.

Your second complementary placement begins after the Christmas break. This will be arranged on your behalf is most likely to be in one of our alliance schools. We try, as far as possible, to take into account your transport considerations, but also to provide a contrasting environment to that of your host school.

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

Additional qualities that we look for include:

  • Passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations
  • Drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty
  • Being part of a team and working collaboratively
  • Reflective practitioner who responds to feedback
  • ICT competent and confident
  • Interests outside of education

Other requirements

  • Experience in a school environment or working with young people, will strengthen your application although this is not essential at application.

  • You must also be successful in completing a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,110

Course fees of £9,250 are payable to the University of Warwick (£22,110 for International students). Tuition fee loans are available to EU and UK candidates.

Financial support from the training provider

We provide a laptop and school based resources to support you with your studies.

About the training provider

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form is the lead school in the Kenilworth Alliance. Judged outstanding in all categories (Ofsted 2013) we are proud of our World Class distinction and are recognised nationally and internationally for innovative and high quality education.

We co-ordinate School Direct training throughout our network of partner schools in the Central Warwickshire area. Trainees benefit from the opportunity to develop relationships with host school in advance of their training and will experience a complementary placement which will be arranged on their behalf in a second partner school.

For further information about our partnership please visit:

Interview process

Applications received are considered by the appointed host school. Should you be invited to interview you should anticipate being asked to prepare a short subject-related lesson.

The schools Professional Mentor and the Head of Department will join you for your lesson and will be happy to give you feedback in the interview which will follow.

Our students are a credit to our school and participate well in this situation. You will be made very welcome!

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

Kenilworth Partnership welcomes candidates with disabilities and under the Disability Discrimination Act those candidates who disclose their disability have the right to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to train to teach.

Contact this training provider

01926 513665
Leyes Lane

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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