Cornwall Teaching School
Physics (2QRZ)

QTS part time with salary

Accredited body
Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT)
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Our School Direct (salaried) programme is tailored to meet the needs of applicants who:

  • would like to train part-time
  • would like to earn a salary whilst training
  • have substantial career experience

Cornwall Teaching School aims to recruit high-quality professionals to the teaching profession, providing high quality training which is robust, innovative and is informed by latest research to meet the needs of our locality. This is a flexible route for those with previous workplace experience who wish to teach science in secondary schools. Flexible means you can train part time allowing you to fulfil caring or work responsibilities at the same time as training to teach.

This is an employment based route so you will be employed in a school whilst you train.

The School Direct (salaried) programme is intended for high quality career changers. There is an expectation that applicants for the flexible School Direct (salaried) pathway will have a good first degree, and you must demonstrate substantial career experience. ‘Trainees’ on School Direct (salaried) will be paid, as a minimum, on the lowest point of the unqualified teacher scale. ‘Trainees’ on the School Direct (salaried) route are not expected to teach more than 90% of a qualified teacher’s workload and will receive structured training activity during the programme. This will include self-study using online materials. The ‘trainee’ will have the same rights and responsibilities as a teacher.

On successful completion you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is possible that in some schools trainees will also be able to work for the award of PGCE.

Interview process

The interview process will be bespoke to each employing school, however there will be many common features.

All candidates will participate in an initial interview to ensure that the candidate meets our high expectations and will include:

  • A pre-interview subject knowledge audit
  • A pre-interview written reflection on an educational topic
  • A short presentation to the interview panel with the applicant assuming the role of a teacher
  • A formal discussion focusing on subject knowledge, reflections on current educational issues which may include experience gained in a school context, and preparedness to teach.

Those successful at this stage will undertake an interview in a partnership school. This interview is likely to include a taught episode to students at the school and a formal interview. It may also include a tour of the school, meeting members of the department in which you may be working and a student panel.

How school placements work

This route is only available within partnership schools who have identified employment capacity to successful applicants. Any school within the partnership may consider an applicant depending upon their employment needs.

Candidates may have a pre-existing relationship with the partnership school, either through employment or previous school experience. Cornwall Teaching School will also consider applicants without a prior relationship within the partnership.

The partnership schools available will be communicated during the application process, and the candidate will be aware of their employing school as part of their conditional offer. All candidates are required to gain a second placement during the course. This may be a short secondment to another school, or may be arranged on an extended one-day-per-week basis.

During the course candidates will attend subject studies training on a Tuesday for the first term. Due to the flexible nature of the part-time programme, the student teacher's timetable is negotiated to the needs of the trainee and those of the partnership school. Trainees' timetable will not exceed 90% of placement contact time.


Those following a School Direct Salaried Programme are not eligible to receive student support or a Department for Education Bursary.

Trainees will be employed on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale (Pro Rata), and the salary is subject to employment-based deductions including National Insurance, Income Tax and Pensions contributions.

There are no course fees for those following this route with a QTS only outcome. Those wishing to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in addition to QTS will be charged £3,000, payable in 3 instalments.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



You must hold an Honours level degree with a 2:2 classification or higher. It is strongly desirable that you hold a degree in a science-related field. If your degree is partially related, or unrelated, to your chosen subject, we would expect you to hold A Levels in at least one, and preferably two sciences or capacity to complete SKE. Workplace experience may also be acceptable.

All candidates must hold a GCSE in Maths and English at Grade C/4 or higher on the first day of training, and must have successfully completed the Professional Skills Tests.

Personal qualities

The application form and interview process is designed to assess suitability to train to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • Commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for the chosen subject and a capacity to inspire learners;
  • Awareness of current educational issues;
  • Intrinsic passion for learning;
  • Commitment to own professional development;
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Emotional and physical resilience and readiness for hard work

Other requirements

As part of our commitment to safeguarding all successful applicants will undergo:

  • An Enhanced DBS Check
  • A Fitness to Teach Check
  • A Prohibition Order Check

For those who have spent more than 3 months working or living abroad you may be required to gain a letter of good conduct or a workplace reference.

For those who gained qualifications abroad you may also need a NARIC Check.

We recommend that that you consider gaining 2-3 days of school experience prior to interview.

About the training provider

Cornwall Teaching school aims to generate and maintain a sustainable model for developing local teachers and leaders and to secure outstanding practice in all phases of learning.

Cornwall Teaching School works closely with the well-established Cornwall SCITT partnerships which offer initial teaching opportunities in early years, primary and secondary phases along with the Truro and Penwith College post 16 training. The teaching school will be working with school partners to develop School Direct opportunities for high quality trainees and will continue to respond to national and local needs for subject specialist trainees and cross phase priorities.

Visit the Cornwall Teaching School website

About the accredited body

Cornwall SCITT is an outstanding provider of teacher training for Primary and Secondary teaching routes. They are deeply committed to ensuring the very best outcome for their student teachers. The Primary Course is based at Heartlands, near Redruth, and the Secondary Course is based at Truro College.

Ofsted has graded both primary and secondary courses as Outstanding in all categories in their most recent inspections. Embedded in their approach is a strong relationship with local schools. Cornwall SCITT also works in partnership with Bath Spa University to offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Visit the Cornwall SCITT website

Training with disabilities and other needs

Cornwall SCITT is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our management team, academic tutors, subject leaders and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a fitness to teach check.

For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Truro College offer additional support through the learning resources centre.

We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.

Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer in an empathetic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.

Contact details

01872 267092
Truro and Penwith College
College Road


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