University of Bedfordshire Physics (F3X2)

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 or part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

All courses offer a PGCE with 60 Master’s Level Credits with placements across two different schools over the year. Each week of this popular course sees Monday-Thursday being school centred with Fridays in University using the prestigious facilities of the Bedford campus. The innovatively designed course helps prepare you for a successful future as a specialist curriculum teacher in secondary schools in which you will be prepared to attain Chartered Teacher Status in the future.

In studying Secondary Science with Physics, you will be on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings

  • You will explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary science, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
  • You will develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
  • You will gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
  • Finally, you will benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels

School placements

Our extensive placements team take care to select appropriate schools for your course. During your course you will spend a minimum of 120 days across two different schools during our 34 week course so that you can develop your teaching skills for Key Stages 2 and 3 and ages 11-16. You are based at your placement school Monday - Thursday and act as any teacher would, albeit with a much lighter teaching timetable. The teacher’s day at school varies from school to school, but will include before and after school meetings, extra curricular events, open and parents’ evening and other non-timetabled activities.

On Fridays, you attend the Bedford Campus of The University of Bedfordshire for taught sessions.

We give all our Trainee Teachers a quality placement. To do this we work with schools that are able to support you fully. The University offers teacher education through a partnership with a rich variety of different schools which provide Trainee Teacher placements across a geographically wide region.

We aim to place you in a school inside our partnership area and take into account your journey to your school. For those trainees living outside of our partnership area, we will endeavour to secure a school placement as near to your address as possible but still inside our partnership area. Further details about placements can be obtained upon attendance at interview.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Teaching at Bedford Campus & placement within 1 hour of Bedford Campus
Polhill Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 9EA
Teaching at Bedford Campus & placement within 1 hour of Luton Campus
Park Square, Luton, LU1 3JU
Teaching at Bedford Campus & placement within 1 hour of Milton Keynes Campus
University of Bedfordshire, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2EA
Teaching at Bedford Campus & placement within 1 hour of Putteridge Bury Campus
University of Bedfordshire, Hitchin Road, LU2 8LE, LU2 8LE

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Please email for details of equivalencies we accept.

Personal qualities

If you think you have the aptitude to work with children in the secondary sector, but are concerned your degree does not suitably give you the foundation of knowledge needed, then please do consider applying to us. There may be content in your degree or KS5 qualifications that we can consider or we could recommend you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course which currently attracts a weekly bursary from the DfE. Contact our admissions team on if you have any questions.

Other requirements

All suitable applicants will be interviewed and any offer of a place will be subject to receiving DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and medical clearance.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Aspirational partnership, inspirational teaching

Rated in the top 25% of ITT providers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2017/18, with outstanding employment rates

Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership We are proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of our strong and effective partnership with over 250 schools across the region. This strong relationship is reinforced by working with a number of School Direct partners in both the primary and secondary phases.

Our ITT Ofsted grades Grade 2 (Good) for our ITE provision Grade 1 (Outstanding) for the quality of leadership & management across the partnership for Secondary.

QTS Secondary Phase Ofsted Report “The high standard of trainees’ and NQTs’ personal and professional conduct, which leads to a positive reputation within schools in the region and high employment rates for NQTs.” “The leadership and management of the Secondary partnership is outstanding.” “There has been a sustained, uncompromising and successful drive to improve outcomes so that the large majority of Secondary trainees attain outcomes at the highest levels”

QTS Primary Phase Ofsted Report
“Trainees become highly professional teachers who establish positive and productive relationships, and effectively promote the learning of all pupils” “Leaders share a very evident passion to ensure that they are constantly improving the provision to produce the best possible teachers” “There are strong partnerships with schools and local authority colleagues, who express trust in the provider to work with them to produce good teachers”.

Fulfil your teaching aspirations with us.

Interview process

We use online methods to interview so that the process is user friendly and saves on travel. You will need access to a device with a camera and microphone such as a laptop or tablet (it works on most smartphones as well). The interview process is a friendly process designed for you to find out about us and for us to learn about why you wish to teach your subject so much. It will consist of an introductory talk, followed by an activity about your passion for teaching your subject area and finally a personal interview with a secondary subject tutor from your course. University lecturers and representatives from partnership schools will conduct the interviews. You should be aware that subject knowledge across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 will be explored at interview to help set you subject knowledge development targets ahead of the start of the course and you should prepare for such questions.

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

We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.

The University of Bedfordshire is an inclusive and empowering university. Those with specific needs should view disability access information on the University of Bedfordshire website for further details.

Contact this training provider

01582 743500
University of Bedfordshire
Polhill Avenue
MK41 9EA

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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