Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School Physics (39YJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The John Taylor SCITT
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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Trainees on our Physics programme will benefit from small group subject knowledge development sessions where themes from the professional studies training will be considered from the perspective of the sciences. In most schools, teachers of Physics will be expected to teach their specialism to KS4 and A level but all Sciences in KS3 and our course is designed to prepare you for this. Our subject Development Leader for Science is an outstanding and experienced practitioner. We deliver a bespoke programme where you will learn how to engage pupils, promote progress through effective teaching strategies and plan practical demonstrations whilst considering Health and Safety. The programme will provide a forum to explore pupils’ common misconceptions in Science. You will learn in a supportive environment how to develop pupils’ investigative skills through Science enquiry as well as how to apply many of the generic aspects of teaching in a science context.

School placements

There are many benefits of choosing Thomas Alleyne’s High School as your Lead School. You will be placed locally in one of our middle schools or high schools. We have a successful 3 tier system where you will be 11-16 secondary trained, but where you can benefit from training in up to A level at high school, while also gaining a valuable insight into your subject at key stage 2 at our middle schools. We will look to place you no further than 30 minutes travel time Thomas Alleyne’s High School. You will train in 2 schools over the course of the year. These will be contrasting, by age, setting or socio-economic profile. The selection of your 2 placement schools is based upon individual need, availability of places and can be discussed further at interview . Your main placement, or Home School will start in September and run through to Christmas. You will then be placed at a second school for around 8 weeks in January and February. You will then return to your Home School for the duration of the course. The benefits of this model means you experience 2 different schools, but can really consolidate your teaching practice on returning to your Home school.

You will be in your placement schools from Monday to Thursday each week. Friday is your Professional Studies training day, where you will spend time being trained by experienced professionals in many areas including;

  • Teaching and learning
  • Special educational needs
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Assessment strategies
  • Being a successful and creative teacher
  • How to promote pupil progress and understanding

For your specialist subject knowledge training you may have to travel to our accredited provider, The John Taylor High School SCITT. Located in Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire, just 13 miles from Uttoxeter. Here you will be immersed in specific secondary level subject knowledge training. Usually in a small group and lead by an experienced classroom teacher.

Interview process

You will be asked to attend 1 interview, at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, in the centre of Uttoxeter. Located just off the A50 and within walking distance of the local train station. The few hours you spend with us will include;

  • An interview and short presentation
  • Testing (literacy and maths)
  • Delivery of a short teaching activity to a small group of pupils

If you have any questions about our interview process please get in touch.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £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.



You need to have a degree (or equivalent qualification) to train with us. For equivalent qualifications, you’ll need to confirm your qualification is equivalent to a degree. Please contact us for details.

You’ll need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in mathematics and English.

Personal qualities

We will be looking candidates who are;

  • Passionate about making a difference to young people’s lives.

  • Have secure subject knowledge for teaching physics and a willingness to enhance your own subject knowledge where necessary across all the science subjects.

  • Committed to your own learning, open to feedback and a strong team player.

  • Strong organisational skills and a high regard for the teaching profession.

  • Ideally some experience of working with children - Although this is not a requirement upon application.

Other requirements

You will be subject to an enhanced DBS check prior to starting the course. Relevant work experience with children and young people should be made clear on your application.

About the training provider

Welcome to the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School. Driven by our ethos of Inspire, Lead, Transform, Grow we aim to recruit and train excellent teachers to meet local need and beyond. We offer teacher training at both primary and secondary phase, across our 3 tier system of first, middle and high schools. We work with partner schools in Uttoxeter and across Staffordshire. Our teaching training is rooted in excellent classroom practice. With a strong emphasis on developing teaching pedagogy, supporting all learners to achieve and developing outstanding subject knowledge at both primary and secondary phase. As a Lead School we work with the following providers.

  • Primary Teacher Training. Accredited by Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education.
  • Secondary PE. Accredited by Birmingham City University.
  • Secondary English, Maths, MFL, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History and Geography. Accredited by The John Taylor SCITT.

By choosing to train to teach with us, you will receive personalised and supportive programme. We are based at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, where our team of teaching school staff have significant experience and expertise in teacher training. You will be working with leaders in teacher education who are driven to ensure that every child succeeds and who are outstanding teachers. This is a truly exciting time for us at the ULTTS, if you are passionate about the education of every child and want to make a difference, come and join us on our journey. (www.ultteachingschool.org.uk) We look forward to hearing from you.

About the accredited body

John Taylor High School SCITT - School Centred Initial Teacher Training is the accredited provider for the following secondary courses,

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • MFL (French)
  • History
  • Geography

Based in Barton under Needwood, just 13 miles from Uttoxeter, we collaborate with the SCITT to deliver some of the secondary training. Rated Good by Ofsted, the SCITT has an excellent employment record and offers excellent training on all aspects of secondary teaching.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School welcomes applications from people with disabilities. We have have full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact details

01889 561820
Thomas Alleyne's High School
Dove Bank
ST14 8DU


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