The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT Engineers Teach Physics (R576)

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
September 2023


Course summary

Engineers Teach Physics is a new one-year PGCE and QTS initial teacher course. It has been tailored to support trainees with a background in engineering and material science.

The course will focus on Physics subject knowledge that engineers and materials science graduates are not likely to have studied at undergraduate level.

The course will also utilise the fantastic practical experience and knowledge that engineers have, which can help to make Physics teaching come alive.

The National Mathematics and Physics (NMAP) SCITT, 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.

Trainees benefit from a bespoke programme focused on Physics, with enhanced specialist subject knowledge and pedagogical training to ensure their careers get off to a flying start. Trainees will gain teaching experience with students aged 11-16 with post-16 enhancements.

To prepare for their ITT year, all trainees are required to attend out three day Residential Induction (end of August 2023) which is held at Headington School in Oxford.

Subject Knowledge and Professional Studies training is delivered by tutors chosen because of the high quality of their teaching practice and experience. Weekly sessions are delivered in local Hub Schools and develop trainees’ subject specific pedagogical skills and understanding of educational theory. Trainees are supported individually by a mentor in their placement school who meets with them each week to discuss progress and offer support.

Our programme allows trainee teachers to develop an understanding of their pupils, the English education system, and to experience first-hand collaboration between the state and independent sectors.

During the programme, trainees build an e-portfolio of evidence to record their progress on our bespoke programme.

On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded QTS by the NMAP SCITT and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) by The University of Buckingham.

The programme also provides regular professional networking and social opportunities, based across the country, 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 ongoing high quality professional development.

Former trainees continue to benefit from career support and alumni events.

School placements

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

The majority of full-time trainees’ time will be spent in their main placement school, with a shorter 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.

Full-time trainees will attend Subject Knowledge and Professional Studies training on one day each week in the local Hub Lead School.

Additional short placements ensure that trainees gain exposure to primary and special schools, and pupil referral units. Trainees gain teaching experience across Key Stage (KS) 3 and 4, and usually KS5.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Barnet Hub
Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, High Street, Barnet, Herts, EN5 5RR
Bolton Hub
Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PA
Camden Hub
Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, London, NW5 2DB
Chiltern Hub (High Wycombe)
Wycombe High School , Marlow Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1TB
Chiltern Hub (Oxford)
Headington School, Headington Road, Oxford, OX3 7TD
Dulwich Hub
Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD
Guildford Hub
Charterhouse School, Charterhouse Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2DX
Newcastle Hub
Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne , NE2 4DX
Oundle Hub
Oundle School, Church Street, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4EE
South Manchester Hub
Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, SK8 6EF
Warwick Hub
Warwick School/King’s High, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in engineering, materials science or a related subject, otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

If your degree is not engineering or a related subject, please apply to our physics course.

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 the following equivalency tests:

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 online Occupational Health Check. If they have lived overseas in the last 10 years additional checks may be required.

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

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAP SCITT), 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, Camden School for Girls, Charterhouse, Cheadle Hulme School, Dulwich College, Oundle School, Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School, Royal Grammar School Newcastle, 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. NMAP SCITT 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 NMAP SCITT network do not require trainees to deliver a lesson unsupported until they are ready so.

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

Interview process

Our rigorous and thorough selection process is designed to match the best candidates appropriately to the places available. The process is led by NMAP SCITT staff and, where possible, a subject knowledge expert from the school offering the main training place.

The process has two stages, the first stage comprises:

  • A 30-minute subject knowledge task.
  • A 20-minute written communication task.

Applicants who successfully complete the first stage are invited into a Hub School for the second stage:

  • A 15-minute teaching activity to establish the applicant’s ability to engage and communicate with young people.
  • A 45-minute interview to determine the applicant’s aptitude for teaching. The interview will also explore the applicant’s resilience, time-management, and organisational skills.

Trainees who are successful at interview will receive a conditional offer of a place. Conditions will include satisfactory references, verification of your qualifications, a criminal record check (DBS) and an online occupational health assessment. Further conditions, such as Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) training, may be discussed at interview as appropriate.

Interviews usually take place in person but may be held online if circumstances dictate.

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 National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAP SCITT) 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 this training provider

01494 897330
Marlow Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1TB

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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