Cabot Learning Federation SCITT Physics (2V26)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

The CLF SCITT Physics programme combines school-centred training, experience and practice with subject specific and professional development. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be effective teachers. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the opportunity to gain Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s level credits which is delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. The University deliver face-to-face training at our training base in Bristol and provide online tutor support. A QTS only route can be requested and will be considered on an individual basis.

The CLF SCITT curriculum provides a balance between educational theory and cognitive research with classroom based practice and application. We have developed a well sequenced, interleaved and progressive approach where trainees knowledge and skills build throughout the year.

Centre based training equips trainees with evidence-based knowledge and understanding that is developed and implemented in school based training. Trainees develop skills and techniques that can be applied in their placement school with the support of expert mentors and other colleagues.

There is a strong focus on professionalism and personal refection where trainees are expected to be proactive and take responsibility for their own learning and progress. Professional learning conversations with mentors and experts provides regular opportunity to guide and support this as well as support the links between centre and school based provision and learning.

Subject specific Science training is delivered by expert teachers and subject specialists. Core pedagogy is further explored through the lens of the subject with a focus on subject knowledge, subject pedagogy, pupil progression and attitudes.

Additional features of the programme are:

  • September Induction fortnight
  • Intensive school-based practice weeks
  • School Experience all year round including two core placements
  • Weekly centre-based training delivered by teaching experts and specialists
  • Cross phase and complimentary experience
  • CLF wide CPD opportunities and Conferences in addition to centre-based training
  • Employment support

We strive to provide a personalised and differentiated programme. Weekly centre-based training alongside regular school visits enables the SCITT team to identify needs and adapt the programme as necessary, using experts from across the partnership.

CLF SCITT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people.

School placements

The CLF SCITT programme has blocks of teaching experience spent in Academies throughout the year. The majority of placements take place in CLF and partnership schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Throughout all teaching experience placements, trainees are allocated a Mentor who provides regular guidance, support and challenge. In addition there is a Lead Mentor in school who oversees the school-based training alongside the Programme Leaders.

During the programme, there will be some intensive school-based practice weeks each with a key curriculum focus. Trainees are set key tasks and observations which are explicitly designed to make links between theory and practice. This aims to improve trainees’ understanding of how children and young people develop and learn.

All trainees will have a ‘home’ placement where they spend the majority of their training year.

Placement expectations are designed to gradually develop trainees’ teaching during the year. This starts by getting established with students in the classroom and school community as well as gaining initial teaching experience. Trainees will start their teaching and planning with small groups, moving on to teaching parts of lessons, to whole lessons to entire sequences of learning and finally taking on full responsibility for the class and the progress of learners during the summer term. Trainees are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and autonomy in their planning and teaching throughout the year.

Secondary trainees’ timetables across their placement experiences will include classes in Years 7-11. All Secondary (11-16) trainees are required to plan and teach A level; assessment of teaching is typically across Key Stages 3&4 (11-16).

We are committed to inclusion and take into consideration many factors when organising your school placements including; distance from home to school, access to transport, preferred key stage where possible, ethos of individual schools, individual family circumstances, disability and additional learning needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

If your degree is not at least 50% related to Physics we would require you to have at least an AS and/or A Level (or equivalent) in the subject.

Your degree subject should be in physics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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.

We accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who share our ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people through working collaboratively and empowering learning.

You will need to demonstrate the commitment and resilience needed to become a highly effective teacher and lifelong learner.

Additional qualities we look for throughout the application process are:

  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong passion for teaching and learning specific to age range or subject
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to CLF HEART values)
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active

Other requirements

You will need to complete successful enhanced Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) and prohibition checks and will require appropriate ID and documents for this.

You will be required to provide a full employment history and satisfactory references supporting your suitability to work with children/young people, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education requirements.

You will need to complete an Occupational Health form/self-declaration about your fitness and wellness to teach.

School experience is highly recommended to both support your application and improve your readiness for teacher training.

Please provide a Statement of Comparibility if you hold international qualifications (

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) is an exciting and inspiring place to train. We are a mature Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the South West. The CLF is a diverse network of 20 entities including Primary, Secondary, an all-through 3-19 Academy, Post 16, a Studio School and alternative provisions. Our academies work collaboratively to offer the best possible education, outcomes and life chances for the young people and communities we serve, irrespective of background or circumstance.

The CLF employs around 2000 staff and we educate approximately 12,500 children and young people. Our contexts include urban, inner-city, suburban, rural and coastal catchment areas in geographically local clusters serving Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

The CLF Institute is the centre for our SCITT and the Boolean Maths Hub. We also provide high quality professional development for teachers, leaders and support staff at every career stage.

The CLF is jointly sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC and the University of the West of England; we work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University for the PGCE qualification.

As a MAT, our trainees have opportunities for teaching within and beyond the phases they are training to teach. There are often employment opportunities within the CLF and our partnership schools.

Teaching really is the best job in the world. Not only do you get to spend time with the most creative, funny, inquisitive and interesting young people, but you get to make a difference on a daily basis. Teaching has the potential to transform lives, including yours!

Interview process

The assessment day is a process to access eligibility, subject knowledge and potential to train to teach.

Assessment day tasks will usually include:

  • A pre-prepared teaching task with a group of pupils
  • A short pre-prepared presentation
  • A discussion based activity
  • A written task
  • An individual interview

Details of the tasks will be sent to you prior to the interview date. The assessment tasks are designed to help us select prospective trainees based on our 5 core values and attributes:

  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong subject knowledge and passion for teaching and learning specific to age range
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to the CLF HEART values)
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active

This rigorous selection process ensures that we recruit the very best trainee teachers for our children and young people. During the process you will also be able to establish whether we are the right training provider for you.

Successful applicants may be given conditions or recommended actions to complete prior to the course starting in order to accelerate their readiness for the teacher training year.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The CLF SCITT programme is inclusive and personalised to meet the needs of every trainee. As a schools- based provision we have access to expertise within our partnership schools around meeting all specific educational needs and can provide reasonable adjustment for disabilities. Our trainees have access to study and occupational health support as required. A characteristic of our training programme, afforded by our scale and school-centred context, is the pastoral and individual support that we can provide to ensure that every trainee’s needs are met.

CLF SCITT trainees who undertake the PGCE award have access to the full range of student support provision from Sheffield Hallam University.

CLF SCITT trainees have access to various online training packages including NIMBLE and NASBTT Networks Live.

All CLF SCITT trainees have access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

Contact this training provider

01172 446233
CLF Institute
Russell Town Avenue

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.