Wycombe High School
Physics (3FG5)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 February 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This course is solely for applicants who have already made a successful application to the Researchers in Schools (RiS) Programme.

The RiS Programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two.

The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS), led by Wycombe High School, provides the first year of training and awards RiS trainees QTS via this School Direct training programme.

During their first year in their placement schools, RiS trainees will spend three days per week in the classroom, supported by an in-school subject mentor. They will spend one day per week in an NMAPS Hub School joining our SCITT trainees for Subject Knowledge and Professional Studies training. The fifth day will be protected time every week, allowing trainees to pursue research-based activities and deliver Uni Pathways.

Interview process

Applicants will be selected by RiS and interviewed jointly by RiS and NMAPS, either at one of our Hub Lead Schools, or a potential host placement school.

How school placements work

During August candidates will attend an Induction course with RiS. In addition to this and to prepare for their ITT year, all trainees are also required to attend the NMAPS three-day Induction Course (27-29 August 2019) at Headington School in Oxford.

Trainees will spend the majority of the year in their main placement school, which will be a non-selective state school. They will also undertake a six-week second placement in the Spring Term, in a contrasting state school. Trainees will be individually supported by a mentor in each school, who they will meet with weekly for support and to discuss progress.

The NMAPS programme allows trainee teachers to develop an understanding of their pupils and the education system in England today, with a variety of other short school experiences in, for example, a Pupil Referral Unit and Special School.

During the Spring Term we would expect trainees to be making good progress towards the Teachers' Standards and be on track to achieve QTS. Trainees will build an on-line portfolio of evidence to show the progress they have made, using our bespoke programme.

On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded QTS by NMAPS. Trainees can also opt to complete an on-line PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) with The University of Buckingham, for a fee.

The programme also provides regular professional networking and social opportunities throughout the ITT year and beyond. Links with key professional associations, including The Institute of Physics, The Mathematical Association and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) will provide on-going high quality professional development.

The RiS programme continues into a second year and trainees remain in their main placement school. Whilst the NMAPS training course is completed in the first year, the relationship continues after the trainee gains QTS. Former trainees continue to benefit from a range of alumni network meetings, events, career support, leadership development, coaching opportunities and professional association support. Masters opportunities beyond training are also a possibility.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,300
EU students £7,300

This fee is for QTS only. Students wishing to complete the PGCE with the University of Buckingham will need to pay an additional £1700.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

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

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.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants will need to have a PhD in order to qualify for the RiS programme.

A GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C/4 is required in both English Language and Mathematics.

Equivalency for overseas qualifications degrees and GCSEs must be verified through NARIC.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject with a desire to share that with young people of all abilities. Applicants should be confident and articulate communicators, who are keen to contribute to their subject team and the wider school community.

Previous school experience is not required, but applicants are advised to give details of all meaningful experience of working with young people. This may be school experience, but could also include any unpaid volunteering with, for example, a sports team, drama or youth club.

Other requirements

Skills Tests - applicants must pass literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests before our Induction Course at the end of August.

DBS Clearance and Occupational Health Check - all applicants will be required to undergo Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Enhanced Disclosure checks and an on-line Occupational Health Check. If you have lived overseas in the last 5 years additional checks may be required.

English Language proficiency requirements - applicants must demonstrate an excellent command of both written and spoken English.

Please visit our website for further details.

Contact details

Wycombe High School
Marlow Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1TB


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