The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT
Physics (38BC)

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.

Course length
1 year full time or 2 years part time
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS), led by Wycombe High School, offers high quality specialist teacher training. School placements are in an extensive network of state and independent schools, clustered around each of our Regional Training Hubs. The course is offered Full or Part Time - please see our website for further details on Part Time options.

Because we only offer training in Maths and Physics, you will benefit from a bespoke programme focused on your subject, with enhanced specialist subject knowledge and pedagogical training to ensure your career gets off to a flying start. Trainees will gain teaching experience with students aged 11-16 and sixth form.

To prepare for their ITT year, all trainees are required to attend our 3 day Induction Course (24-26 August 2021) at Headington School in Oxford.

Subject Knowledge and Professional Studies training is delivered by tutors who have been chosen because of the high quality of their own teaching practice and experience. These weekly sessions will be delivered in your local Hub School and will develop your subject specific pedagogical skills and theories of education. Trainees will be individually supported by a mentor from their placement school who they will meet weekly to discuss progress and offer support.

The NMAPS programme allows trainee teachers to develop an understanding of their pupils, the education system in England today and to experience first-hand collaboration between the state and independent sectors.

During the spring term we would expect all our trainees to be making good progress towards the Teachers’ Standards and be on track to achieve QTS. Trainees will build an on-line portfolio of evidence to show the progress they have made, using our bespoke programme.

On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded QTS by NMAPS and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) by The University of Buckingham, England’s only independent university and top in three National rankings.

The programme also provides regular professional networking and social opportunities, based in English cities including London, throughout the PGCE training year and beyond. Links with key professional associations, including The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) will provide on-going high quality professional development.

The trainees’ relationship with NMAPS does not end with gaining QTS and a PGCE; former trainees continue to benefit from a range of alumni events and career support.

Interview process

The NMAPS recruitment process is a rigorous and thorough process, normally lasting half a day and designed to match the best candidates appropriately to the places available.

The selection process will be led by NMAPS staff and a subject knowledge expert from the school offering the main training place; it will comprise:

  • A 30 minute teaching activity to establish the applicant’s ability to engage and communicate with young people.
    • A 30 minute written subject knowledge task.
  • A 20 minute written communication task.
  • An interview to determine the applicant’s aptitude for teaching in terms of intellectual and academic capabilities and the personal qualities, values and ethics needed to work in a school setting. The interview will also explore the applicant’s resilience, time-management and organisational skills; it will include a subject knowledge conversation, led by the relevant Subject leader, to ascertain the applicant’s potential to meet Teachers’ Standard 3 by the end of their training.

If you are successful at interview, a conditional offer of a place will be made. Conditions will include: verification of your qualifications, a criminal record check (DBS) and an on-line occupational health assessment. Further conditions, such as Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) training may be discussed with you at interview as appropriate.

Where possible face-to-face interviews are preferred but, due to on-going issues with Coronavirus, may take place via Zoom.

How school placements work

We carefully match trainees to placement schools, taking into consideration location and individual trainee needs.

The majority of time will be spent in the main placement school, with a second placement in a contrasting school. Full time trainees will spend four days a week in school, supported by a subject mentor, who they will meet with every week. This will vary for part time trainees depending on individual arrangements.

Subject Knowledge and Professional Studies training will take place on the fifth day in their local Hub Lead School.

Additional short placements will ensure that trainees gain exposure to the full range of English teaching organisations: state comprehensive and selective schools; independent, primary and special schools; and pupil referral units. Trainees will gain teaching experience across all key stages, including Sixth Form.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

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.



A minimum 2.2 UK Bachelor’s degree, or overseas equivalent, is required and should normally include at least 50% of the subject you wish to teach.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements outlined above may be considered with appropriate experience or academic background. In such cases, applicants should have a good A Level in their subject and may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. Please contact us for advice. A GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C/4 is required in both English Language and Mathematics. Equivalency for overseas degrees and GCSEs must be verified through NARIC.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject with a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. Applicants should be confident and articulate communicators, who are keen to contribute to their subject team and the wider school community.

Previous school experience is not required, but applicants are advised to give details of all meaningful experience of working with young people. This may be school experience, but could also include any unpaid volunteering with, for example, a sports team, drama or youth club.

Other requirements

DBS Clearance and Occupational Health Check - all applicants will be required to undergo Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Enhanced Disclosure checks and an on-line Occupational Health Check. If you have lived overseas in the last 5 years additional checks are likely to be required.

English Language proficiency requirements - applicants must demonstrate an excellent command of both written and spoken English.

Please visit our website for further details.

About the training provider

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS), led by Wycombe High School, offers high quality specialist teacher training.

Training is delivered via our growing network of Regional Training Hubs. Our current Hub Lead Schools are: Bolton School, Cheadle Hulme School, Camden School for Girls/Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School - North London Hub, Dulwich College, Charterhouse, Humberston Academy, Oundle School, Warwick School/King’s High Warwick and Wycombe High School/Headington School - Chiltern Hub.

Training is delivered by outstanding, practising, teachers of Mathematics and Physics, in this unique collaboration between the state and independent sectors, and in partnership with subject associations such as The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

Because we only offer training in Maths and Physics, you will benefit from a bespoke programme focused on your subject, with enhanced specialist subject knowledge and pedagogical training to ensure your career gets off to a flying start. NMAPS trainees learn ‘on the job’ from the very beginning and benefit immediately from the insight into what teaching involves. Trainees are supported to ‘find their feet’ before delivering classes; schools in the NMAPS network do not require trainees to deliver a lesson unsupported until they are ready so.

The NMAPS programme begins with a 3 day residential Induction Course at Headington School in Oxford in late August to prepare you for the year ahead.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) is committed to equal opportunities and is able to support trainees with additional needs. We will work with trainees to arrange a suitable placement school that can accommodate their needs.

Contact details

01494 897330
Marlow Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1TB


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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Bolton Hub
Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PA
Yes C
Chiltern Hub (High Wycombe)
Wycombe High School , Marlow Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1TB
Yes A
Chiltern Hub (Oxford)
Headington School, Headington Road, Oxford, OX3 7TD
Yes H
Dulwich Hub
Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD
Yes B
Guildford Hub
Charterhouse School, Charterhouse Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2DX
Yes E
Humberside & Lincolnshire Hub
Humberston Academy, Humberston Ave, Humberston, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN36 4TF
Yes R
North London Hub (Barnet)
Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School (Lead School for Physics in the North London Hub), High Street, Barnet, Herts, EN5 5RR
Yes G
North London Hub (Camden)
Camden School for Girls (Lead School for Maths in the North London Hub), Sandall Road, London, NW5 2DB
Yes F
Oundle Hub
Oundle School, Church Street, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4EE
Yes U
Warwick Hub
Warwick School/King’s High, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PR
Yes D

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