Colchester Teacher Training (CTTC) Physics (2ZZZ)

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

Accredited body
Colchester Teacher Training Consortium
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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our Secondary Programme offers high quality training, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits at Master’s level.

The course is 37 weeks long and combines practical teaching with professional training. It has been designed to give Trainee Teachers the necessary learning opportunities and support to enable them to demonstrate they have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. There are built-in assessment structures which help Trainees track their progression throughout the Colchester Teacher Training Consortium CTTC curriculum. This curriculum is centred around 4 key values: CREATIVITY, TARGETED INTERVENTION, THINKING CRITICALLY AND COLLABORATION and ensures trainees have full access to their entitlement under the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework.

The training consists of placements within two contrasting schools across the secondary age phase, along with centre-based training and engagement with evidence based academic research. There is also the opportunity to gain experience within specialist SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities) provision, Sixth form and Pupil Referral Unit settings. Additionally, trainees will have a lead mentor for subject studies to develop their chosen discipline.

School placements

We have a high number of schools within our Consortium across North Essex and South Suffolk who offer diverse placements to our trainees. All schools provide excellent support and have been highly rated by ex-trainees as preparing them well for a career in teaching.

If you wish to train in a subject not listed please contact us and we can advise you.

Please see our website or contact us for a list of our partner schools and for further details.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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 do accept equivalency tests - please contact us for further details.

Personal qualities

It is essential for applicants to have excellent personal attributes, which will enable them to relate to young people and communicate effectively. Ideally, an understanding of what makes effective teaching and learning in the primary phase will also be of benefit.

Qualities sought include:

  • Commitment to the safeguarding of young people
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to continuing professional development
  • A willingness to train, listen to advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and challenging situations
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised and hardworking
  • Sense of humour

Other requirements

We recognise that applicants will bring with them other relevant experience such as working with people and applying their subject knowledge to a range of context.

Offers of a training place are subject to safer recruitment procedures including pre-course screening checks. Safeguarding references will be sought and all applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. In addition, on-line searches will be carried out and overseas police checks will be sought for anyone who has spent more than three months outside of the UK.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,200.

Financial support from the training provider

Bursaries, scholarships and financial support will be announced by the Department for Education soon.

About the training provider

Established in 2003, CTTC is an outstanding provider in all areas (Ofsted Nov 2017), offering a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our strong partnership of over 65 schools and colleges across Essex and South Suffolk provides diversity and choice for trainees. The training hubs are located in Colchester, Southend and Ipswich to serve the local schools. Our schools offer a wide range of educational experiences including grammar school, sixth form colleges and specialist SEND placements.

Our programmes are run in collaboration with our partner schools and were judged outstanding across all areas by Ofsted. In 2022, 100% of trainees commended the quality of CTTC’s curriculum and programme.

Our Primary and Secondary School Direct programmes offer high quality training and support, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including 60 Master’s level credits.

Local schools are keen to employ trainees from the partnership and many ECT and former trainees move quickly into leadership and management roles.

We host events and school experience taster sessions throughout the year, further details are published on our website and on social media.

Interview process

We invite short-listed applicants to participate in an interview process involving the following:

  • Planning and presenting a lesson to the interview panel
  • English task
  • Maths task
  • Interview

Applicants will be welcomed by our friendly team and the interview panel will consist of a Consortium Director and another leading member from our training team.

Applicants will be asked to complete a short English and Maths task which includes composing a letter. This gives the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate how they can communicate in writing, accurately and effectively.

The interview itself will last for approximately 30 minutes and includes a 10 minute presentation on the lesson, discussing the reasoning behind the lesson design.

Questions will be framed around the applicant’s previous relevant experience, skills, knowledge of the curriculum and aptitude for becoming a teacher of the future. The process will also ensure that potential candidates are safe and appropriate to work with children and ensure their commitment to celebrating economic, social and cultural diversity.

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

Trainees value the strong pastoral support and mentoring that they receive on the programme. Support for trainees’ health and wellbeing is embedded across the programme.

Bespoke support is provided for trainees with a variety of needs. Examples include:

  • Personal tutor for the PGCE
  • Resources to allow easier access on computer applications if required
  • Expert pastoral care
  • All school placements allow for trainees with access requirements

Contact this training provider

01206 364728
Colchester Teacher Training
Colchester County High School
Norman Way

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).

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