Leeds SCITT Physics (FX3A)

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
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.leedsscitt.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

This course is designed for people who would like to teach at the secondary age phase, 11 to 16. The course lasts for approximately ten months and is divided into three stages, each with the emphasis on being School Centred.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training Science with Physics course is ideal for any graduate who wishes to complete their teacher training within a school environment. The school-centred approach allows our trainees to immediately blend their developing subject knowledge and understanding of pedagogy with their first-hand school experience.

If you are passionate about working within a teaching environment and eager to develop your confidence and understanding as a teacher, a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course is a fantastic choice for you.

The Science SCITT courses are full PGCE courses, with trainees spending more time training in secondary schools than on traditional PGCE routes.

School placements

The first part of your training (the Lead School Experience) is based predominantly in the Lead School for your subject. This school has a specialism in your subject area and the Lead Tutors are subject experts who are also excellent teachers and trainers.

Each school has dedicated training areas so that your training consists of quality time with your tutors.

The initial training is focused on subject pedagogy:

  • How highly effective planning leads to successful outcomes in the classroom;

  • How you can ensure pupils make good progress in their learning;

  • How you can assess learning to inform next steps and strategies to support highly skilled personalisation.

You will be immersed in the school environment from the beginning and you will be seen as a professional by school staff, pupils and parents. This allows you to take the theory, thinking and research and see / implement this in the classroom, ensuring you develop your ‘teacher’ persona as quickly as possible.

The next stage of the course is called Stage A. This is a full-time placement in a partnership school with some core development days at your Lead School and Leeds Trinity University.

During this stage you will have a dedicated Subject Mentor who will observe you teach, support you with your planning and developing your subject knowledge for teaching. They will be your first port of call during this stage of training when you establish yourself in the classroom as the Teacher.

The third stage of the course Stage B, is a full-time placement in a contrasting partnership school, again with some core development.

In the last two weeks of the training year, you will have the opportunity to undertake an enrichment and enhancement placement or experiences. What this looks like is entirely different for each trainee as this is a time to pursue an interest such as working in a SEND school, an additional subject, organising out of school learning and many more options!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with www.equivalencytesting.com, www.astarequivalency.co.uk or Birmingham City University (BCU) www.bcu.ac.uk.

You only need to do the test if you are offered a place with us that you firmly accept. We can only accept tests from these providers and you will need to contact them directly for details on how to book and their costs.

Personal qualities

What we see in successful applications and interviews

People who:

  • Have a proactive and reflective approach to their own development

  • Genuinely desire to support young people and help them succeed

  • Have good interpersonal skills

  • Are friendly and engage with young people

  • Have a great love and enthusiasm for their subject

  • Are organised and can manage time and competing priorities

Other requirements

Successful applicants also tend to have:

  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in Physics.

An offer of a place is subject to:

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate
  • A satisfactory medical.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2020-21 for home students and £12,500 for EU/International applicants. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Friday 28 April 2023. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Wednesday 31 May 2023.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.

Find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.

About the training provider

Leeds SCITT are one of the longest operating SCITTs in West Yorkshire with enviable employment rates.

We work in close partnership with Leeds Trinity University, all of our secondary teacher training courses offer both QTS and a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6). However, our Trainees are registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7). L6 & L7 awards are from Leeds Trinity University.

All PGCE courses with Leeds SCITT are offered in the 11-16 age range with the opportunity to experience teaching at post-16 level.

As a Leeds SCITT Trainee, you will be immersed in the school environment from the start and you will be seen as a professional by school staff, pupils and parents. This allows you to take the theory, thinking and research and implement this in the classroom, ensuring you develop your ‘teacher’ persona as quickly as possible.

Our courses are divided into three main stages. The Lead School Experience is spent predominantly in your Lead School with the other Trainees in your subject and this is where you will begin your teaching of classes in pairs or individually.

Stage A is when you start your first full time teaching placement in a partnership school, teaching a reduced timetable with support and guidance from your Subject Mentor.

Finally, Stage B allows you to consolidate your learning in a full time teaching placement in a different partnership school as you prepare for your first teaching job.

Interview process

If you are invited to an interview, you will receive an email to explain everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it is really important to read this email very carefully.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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’re committed to ensuring that every Trainee with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education.

If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds SCITT in partnership with Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Asperger syndrome/autism
  • Visual/hearing impairments
  • Physical and mobility restrictions
  • Long-term medical conditions
  • A mental health condition.

If you register with our Disability Service at Leeds Trinity University, a member of the team will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. The support within this plan could include exam adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.

With your permission, they’ll share this plan with your tutor so that they know how to best support you during your university-based training. They can also share this plan with the School Partnerships team, who are able to inform the host schools for your placements so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk
Telephone
0113 283 7268
Website
http://www.leedsscitt.org.uk
Address
Brownberrie Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS18 5HD

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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