Cheshire East SCITT Physics (3D3C)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
September 2022


About the course

The course is a non-salaried PGCE (SCITT) QTS award and you will gain a PG Certificate (60 M-level CATS points).

Science is a core subject at secondary level and since there is a national shortage of Physics teachers, it is a subject that is much in demand. Science teachers will specialise at A-level, but often teach all three sciences to GCSE and our course is designed to give you the skills and the confidence to be a successful science teacher.

You will develop your Physics skills by working in one of our placement schools from day one, where your dedicated subject mentor will support you to become a competent Physics teacher, able to inspire students to achieve in your subject. Working in partnership with the school subject and professional mentors, the SCITT director and support team and the subject specialist lead, will ensure that your course prepares you for the reality of teaching a practical subject. You will develop your classroom skills, as well as your knowledge and understanding of Physics alongside strategies to communicate this with your students.

Whatever your route into teaching, whether you are coming straight from university, from academia or industry, you will enjoy the support and guidance of experienced and passionate professionals as you begin your journey into science teaching.

School placements

You will complete two placements in our partner schools, where you will have both a Subject Mentor and a Professional Mentor. Your role in the classroom increases gradually, at a pace you and your mentor feel is right for you. The first placement will begin in September with focused lesson observations, and then you will begin to deliver starts to lessons, undertake some team teaching and then plan and deliver whole lessons. The second placement begins after February half term, where you will be allocated to a different school within the partnership, which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development. All of our partner schools have comprehensive intakes and you will have the experience of working with young people of all abilities. You will have the opportunity of spending time in a primary setting to focus on transition, as well as gaining SEND experience, giving you an insight into all types of learners. At least one of your placements will give you access to post 16 learners to give you the experience of working with learners in all phases and contexts. The first placement will start early September and involves teaching practice in school each week, with the majority of Fridays being conference days or subject-based days. Subject-based days are run by Subject Experts. Our conferences are planned and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners from within our partner schools. You will have full access to the facilities of both The Cheshire East SCITT Training Centre and The Manchester Metropolitan University. The majority of your time will be school based but there are a number of days where you will be based at the Training Centre at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and approximately five days at University, to focus on your Masters level work - far reduced compared to a traditional PGCE route.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Ideally, we accept candidates with a 2:2 or above. We would consider candidates with a 3rd class degree if there were extenuating circumstances.

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 or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious, energetic, dedicated, well-qualified, independent and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject and have the desire, drive and commitment to inspire all abilities in the secondary age range. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the resilience and emotional intelligence needed to become an outstanding teacher and future leader and to be reflective learners. We are looking for applicants who have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to deliver it in an engaging and creative way to inspire learning. It is key to be an effective communicator and a responsible, accountable professional.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory DBS check, including a check of the children`s barred list.
  • An academic reference which is very positive in terms of academic achievement and highly recommends the applicant for a career into teaching. The reference should confirm the person’s suitability to work with children, as well as their personal qualities and attributes.
  • Fitness to teach check.
  • School experience is not a requirement for entry to the course, however successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning within an appropriate educational context.

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees are £9,250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and /or means tested maintenance grant via the student loan company.

There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website: Bursaries and Scholarships

About the training provider

Cheshire East SCITT is a passionate believer in Joint Practice Development with Initial Teacher Training being a key component supporting the professional growth and development of its teaching workforce. Our trainees work towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Masters level which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The PGCE (SCITT) is awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. Cheshire East SCITT works in collaboration with The Chimney House Alliance. Our partner schools are: Alsager School. Brine Leas School. Congleton High School, Eaton Bank Academy, Malbank School and Sixth Form College, Middlewich High School, Ruskin Community High School, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Sandbach School, Shavington Academy and St Thomas More Catholic High School. We also work with two Staffordshire schools, Chesterton Community Sports College and The King’s School, Kidsgrove. These include a free school, two faith schools, two single sex schools and seven 11-16 schools - some large, small, urban and rural. Some have achieved outstanding Ofsted ratings. Our schools have employed many of our trainees. We have established an environment in which staff, students and trainee teachers feel valued and very well supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and were the first training school consortium in the country. We are fully committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers and future leaders and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to our school communities. Our expectations are high and our learning environment is fun yet challenging.

Interview process

The assessment day will involve a range of activities including the delivery of a short lesson, followed by an interview with the SCITT team and a representative of colleagues from our alliance schools. You will be assessed on your subject knowledge during the day. You will also be interviewed by our student panel and complete a written think piece. All interviewers will consider the following:

  • Your communication skills
  • Commitment to teacher training and resilience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
  • Your ability to reflect and evaluate your own practice and the practice of others
  • Personal qualities and knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
  • Your subject knowledge
  • Your ability to interact with both adults and young people It is a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to recruit the very best candidates and ultimately the best trainee teachers for our students.

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

The following schools in the partnership have full disabled access as does The Manchester Metropolitan University:

  • Alsager School
  • Brine Leas High School
  • Congleton High School
  • Eaton Bank Academy
  • Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College
  • Malbank School and Sixth Form College
  • Middlewich High School
  • Sandbach School
  • Shavington Academy

If you do have specific disability access needs, we are happy to discuss your requirements on a one to one basis.

Contact this training provider

01477 410544
Selkirk Drive
Holmes Chapel

Support and advice

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