White Rose Alliance
Physics (2QJ2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
York St John University
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Trainees will spend most of the training year based in their placement schools allocated from across White Rose Alliance partners. Trainees will undertake two contrasting placements: placement one running from September to Christmas, and placement two running from January to June.

The course structure enables trainees to develop their confidence and teaching knowledge in a supportive environment. Training will be led by University tutors and school staff and delivered in cross-subject groups, predominantly delivered in schools.

In addition to travel to their placement schools, during the course trainees are required to travel to the course accrediting university, York St John University, generally on Wednesday afternoons until Christmas, where trainees receive further training and be able to access all the specialist support that you would expect from a university. Trainees are also required to travel to the White Rose Alliance Lead School, King James's School in Knaresborough, for their Professional Studies programme every Wednesday morning until March.

The course leads to a PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) .

Interview process

All WRA interviews take place at King James's School in Knaresborough. Candidates will generally be given one week's notice of interview whenever possible & the session will usually last for a morning. Depending on applications received, the number of candidates attending (& their subjects) are likely to vary. During the interview session, candidates can expect to have a subject discussion with a subject specialist, undertake a subject test, lead a teaching activity with a group of six Year 7 or 8 students (observed by the interview panel) & have a formal interview. Depending on numbers of candidates at any particular interview session, candidates may also be asked to participate in a group discussion task. The panel for the formal interview will comprise 2 or 3 members of a combination of White Rose Alliance staff, partner school staff or university staff. Candidates will be advised of the interview outcome as soon as possible after the session, once all information from the interview activities has been collated. Should there be any delay to this, candidates will be advised at the end of the interview session.

How school placements work

For the majority of the course, trainees are school-based. Trainees will in school unless attending sessions at their link university (in general terms one day per week), the weekly Professional Studies sessions at King James's School on Wednesday mornings or School Experience Days at WRA partner schools.

WRA partner schools are:

  • King James's School, Knaresborough
  • Allerton Grange School,Leeds
  • Bradford Grammar School
  • Stokesley School, Stokesley
  • The Grammar School at Leeds
  • Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, Thirsk
  • Ripon Grammar School, Ripon
  • Sherburn High School, Sherburn
  • Tadcaster Grammar School, Tadcaster
  • Hambleton and Richmondshire Pupil Referral Service (a WRA partner school used for school experience days but trainees will not undertake school placements here)
  • Boroughbridge High School, Boroughbridge

Trainees undertake 2 contrasting placements in our partner schools: Placement 1 from September to Christmas and Placement 2 from January to June.

When deciding which schools our trainees will have their placements in, we take into account a number of factors including trainee home location and transport arrangements (ie. do you have your own vehicle or are you reliant on public transport?). We will not place trainees in a school where daily distance from home to school was excessive or impractical. However, we do also have to take into account accommodating the rest of the cohort and the needs of our partner schools (not all schools are able to offer placements in all subjects). Not all WRA partner schools are able to provide placements for all subjects & therefore on occasions, it may be necessary for trainees to undertake placements in non-WRA schools. In addition to their 2 placements, trainees will also have an opportunity to visit the Hambleton & Richmondshire PRS for a paired day visit plus have School Experience Days in some of our other partner schools as part of our Professional Studies programme.

During their school placements trainees will be expected to cover the 11-16 age range plus obtain experience of some 11-18 as well during their course.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • Honours degree in chosen subject at 2.2 or above. If degree subject is not fully in the subject applied for, but applicant holds an A Level in the subject & can demonstrate subject experience, applicant may still be considered & if successful at interview, such an applicant is likely to be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE); this would become a condition from any offer made at interview.
  • GCSE Grade Cs or above (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics plus GCSE Science for Science subject applicants.

Personal qualities

  • Strong subject knowledge & willingness to develop it
  • Enthusiasm for subject and a desire to share this
  • Passion for both learning and teaching
  • Genuine interest in young people and their development
  • Strong and committed work ethic
  • Ability to build good working relationships with others
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Confidence in communicating with young people and adults of all levels
  • Resilience to cope under pressure
  • Creativity
  • Self-motivation
  • Resourcefulness and adaptability
  • Openness to constructive criticism
  • Reflective approach
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience

Other requirements

Standard university conditions will apply to all offers made at interview. These include proof of qualifications (candidates will be required to produce degree certificate & GCSE Maths & English certificates for verification), have an Enhanced DBS check & complete a medical check.

About the training provider

The White Rose Alliance (School Direct) is a partnership who work together to develop outstanding student teachers who are:

• transformative and creative professionals

• highly motivated and committed

• autonomous and independent

• enquiry based practitioners

• self-reflective practitioners

We are committed to delivering outstanding training that is current and relevant and that provides excellent opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of your subject and wider educational issues, so that you are well-equipped to be outstanding teachers and education leaders.

King James's School Knaresborough is the lead school for the White Rose Alliance which is a partnership of 11 successful 11-18 schools which provide a variety of educational contexts from inner city to rural based across North and West Yorkshire.

The White Rose Alliance is a well-established provider with a proven track record of bringing teachers into the profession through high quality Initial Teacher Training. We work in partnership with 3 universities in the region who accredit our courses. Across our previous 5 cohorts, 99% of trainees achieved Outstanding or Good final grades (100% in 2018/19) with 90% of trainees securing jobs of choice before or soon after graduating.

Whilst we are large enough to offer our trainees a broad range of educational experiences, we intentionally remain a smaller provider to enable us to understand our trainees as individuals & support their particular needs.

Training with disabilities and other needs

For details about supporting candidates with disabilities and other needs, please see the websites of the respective university partner linked to the course you are interested in:

Leeds Trinity University - (http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/student-life/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability-support)

York St John University - (https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/disability-advice-team/disability-support/)

Sheffield Hallam University - (https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/student-support/disability-support)

Contact details

01423 866061
White Rose Alliance
King James's School
King James Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 196
  • Training programme code: 2QJ2

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
King James's School, King James Road, Knaresborough HG5 8EB
Yes -

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