Educate Teacher Training
Physics (38P6)

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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Secondary SCITT trainees spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools, but also attend provider-led lecture/workshop sessions to enhance understanding of the Secondary curriculum, the trainee’s main subject, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy. Centralised training days cover content such as Behaviour Management, an Environment for Learning, Planning and Adaptive Teaching, Diversity, Inclusion and SEND, Assessment, Improving Classroom Practice, ICT and e-safety and Lifelong Literacy (SPAG). This is supplemented by opportunities to observe other teachers in a range of school settings and to undertake a variety of school-based training enhancements. All trainees submit three assignments throughout the year as an integral part of the teaching and assessment programme:

  1. A School Based Independent Study (a Child Study)
  2. Teaching and Learning through a Scheme of Work
  3. Effective Assessment Strategies

Trainees are supported to improve their knowledge, understanding and application of the Educate Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Curriculum, leading to the development of classroom practice skills and their professional teaching role. Final assessment is made on a trainee’s ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Interview process

After application, suitable candidates are invited to interview. The interview consists, as a minimum, of

  • the assessment of personal qualities and attributes
  • assessment of the ability to communicate effectively
  • an assessment of the literacy and numeracy skills required to teach
  • an evaluation of current educational knowledge and understanding
  • a presentation
  • questions and discussion. Please note that an offered place is subject to the endorsement of a base training school. The Head teacher will apply appropriate procedures to ascertain a candidate’s potential to be a trainee teacher, usually based on observations of personal characteristics and interaction with staff and pupils whilst in the school and classroom.

How school placements work

For our SCITT programme, candidates find their own school in which to train. This gives schools and candidates a unique element of choice and independence. It allows candidates to approach schools according to their own preference of location and type. Trainees spend the majority of the year in their base training school, but have a six-week placement in a contrasting school. The programme is also supplemented by short placement visits to a special school, a Primary setting, a post-16 setting and a school with EAL provision. The Educate SCITT partnership is currently spread across training hubs centred in Grantham, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Wrexham. Trainees need to be able to travel to one of these centres for their provider-led training days.


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

The QTS programme with PGCE costs £9,250, for which a student tuition fee loan can be accessed.

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.



An undergraduate degree which provides a foundation for the teaching of a specialist subject. Subject Knowledge Enhancement may be recommended if required.

GCSE Maths and English at a standard equivalent to Grade 4.

Personal qualities

We are looking for confident and capable applicants who demonstrate true commitment to a teaching career and a robust, determined, positive attitude. We are looking for trainees who can fit very well into their school team, who can respond positively to feedback and who can make a valuable contribution to school life. We are not looking for a ‘finished product’ but for trainees who demonstrate real potential to succeed. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively with a whole range of people and be engaging, warm and sociable. They should be organised, prepared and professional.

Other requirements

Enhanced Criminal Record Check.

About the training provider

If you want to gain QTS through a practical, ‘hands-on’, school-based route, the Educate Teacher Training programme is for you. Educate is a large, National SCITT provider, with a long-standing reputation for successful Primary and Secondary QTS programmes based in varied and diverse partner schools. You have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live and regularly meet with other trainees through regional training hubs. Successful applicants to the QTS programme also gain a PGCE (60 Master’s credits), validated by Leeds Beckett University, as part of a framework which directly applies theory to practice. Trainees enjoy the advantage of an ‘on the job’ experience, where the realities of life as a teacher are fully explored and understood. The majority of time is spent in a base school, where trainees are supported by expert practitioners, individual mentors and a personal Link Tutor to meet the Teachers’ Standards. ‘Programme leaders are highly sensitive to the well-being of their trainees. They ensure that they provide timely and appropriate support to those trainees whose personal circumstances require it. Trainees appreciate this support’ (Ofsted, 2018). Training sessions on specific subject knowledge and general classroom practice, supplement the incomparable first-hand experience which is gained from being the member of a school community for a year. A range of contrasting placements means that trainees gain a rich appreciation of comparable age ranges, curriculum expectations, teaching strategies, inclusion, diversity and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Employment rates following this programme are consistently high.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Educate Teacher Training has a designated tutor for trainees with disabilities and other needs. We take steps, before the programme begins, to fully assess the needs of trainees so that all aspects of the course are accessible to them and personal requirements accommodated.

Educate have, in the past, supported trainees with dyslexia, physical impairment and mental health conditions to successfully complete their course. We take a collaborative approach to ensure that study needs assessment reports, school partners and university colleagues are consulted to design a complete package of personal support.

Contact details

01476 512793
The Priory
7 Market Place
NG31 6LJ


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
East Midlands
The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LJ
Yes E
Main Site
The Priory, 7 Market Place, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LJ
Yes -
North East
Hartlepool/Middlesbrough Training Hub, Hartlepool, TS24 8NQ
Yes A
North West
Unit 5, Blackwood Business Park, Ash Road South, Wrexham, LL13 9UG
Yes F
South East
Grantham Training Hub, Grantham, NG31 6LJ
Yes D
West Midlands
Leeds or Grantham Training Hub, Leeds or Grantham, LS1 3HE
Yes C
Yorkshire & the Humber
Leeds or Grantham Training Hub, Leeds or Grantham, LS1 3HE
Yes B

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