Upton Hall School FCJ
Physics (M103)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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 pedagogy of physics is an important emphasis on the course, and trainees will encounter innovative and engaging approaches to mathematics teaching, enabling them to become confident practitioners. Trainees will have further opportunities with the University for involvement in the wider physics community, through for example enrichment masterclasses and intervention projects. The employment rates for the course are outstanding, as are the completion and exit grades. Upton Hall School will cover the opportunities to teach the 11-18 age range.

Interview process

ou will be invited to school and a typical day will consist of:

  • Tour of the school *An interview with our Deputy responsible for School Direct as well as a subject teacher/leader to explore your reasons for becoming a teacher and your ideas and knowledge on current educational issues. *An interview with some of our students to explore the reasons you wish to train at Upton Hall School. This gives you and our students an opportunity to ask questions. *Teach a part of a lesson so that we can see the potential of the candidate and how you would approach a certain topic.

How school placements work

You will be given the opportunity to observe lessons, have conversations with experienced teachers and ask any questions linked to routes into teaching.

Structure of the initial day: Welcome and introduction by the Deputy Headteacher or Subject Leader A tour of the school A timetable of lessons to observe within your subject area

In consultation with the subject leader, you would be allocated specific classes. You would be responsible for the planning, prepration and delivery of these lessons as well as assessing the students’ progress. You would be allocated a subject mentor who would regularly meet with you to advise and guide you on your practice. You would also have observations to support your progress. Your mentor may be able to advise with regards your University requirements and assessments


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 could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Please consult the University for further details on the fees and available bursaries.



You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider strong applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate an aptitude for teaching.

You should have a degree in which at least 50% of the content is the subject you want to teach.

Other requirements

Criminal record checks (DBS) and evidence of qualifications achieved.

About the training provider

Our School Direct Programme at upton Hall School is delivered in partnership with Liverpool Hope University and the training lasts for one academic year (September-July).

We partner with Liverpool Hope University to deliver this training programme leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and masters credits. Trainees will undertake a minimum number of days in school as teaching placements, these are underpinned by University subject and masters training days.

On successful completion of your training year you will be awarded a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status and masters credits. Your School Direct Programme will consist of a combination of classroom practice and relevant training. You will be given the opportunity to spend much of your time ‘practicing your craft’ with high quality support in an excellent educational setting at Upton Hall. You will also be offered a programme of training developed and delivered by Liverpool Hope University. You will be supported along the way by a number of different colleagues and will be assigned a school based Subject Mentor, a Professional Mentor and a University Based Tutor.

Your training at Upton Hall School will also include access to an in-house training programme.

If you secure a place on this route the tuition fees are paid to Liverpool Hope University in a series of instalments across the academic year. There are a number of different funding options available to support you with these payments.

About the accredited body

You will have full access to Liverpool Hope University, a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teacher training. Prior to your teaching placements, you will have an intensive induction programme at the university and at school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our programme enables us to work with the expertise of Liverpool Hope University in providing a placement that takes account of each individual’s disabilities and other needs to progress and achieve in their chosen career.

Should you wish to visit the site to consider how your individual needs could be met at Upton Hall please feel free to contact school and arrange a visit or request a telephone conversation to discuss further.

Contact details

Upton Hall School FCJ
CH49 6LJ


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Moreton Road, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside, CH49 6LJ
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