EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance
Physics (29F9)

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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This School Direct programme is a popular choice for those wanting to train on the job, have an immersive, practical experience and who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train. EborHope Teachers are based within one school for the majority of their training. There is also a 6-week contrasting placement within the spring term.

We work in partnership with York St John University to ensure that teaching in the classroom is underpinned with a rigorous academic understanding. Together we award a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters level credits of professional development modules.

Academic sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon and these sessions are either led by York St John or EborHope staff. You will be in school for the rest of the week. We use outstanding teachers within our schools to facilitate our sessions. These sessions aim to give you an academic understanding alongside pedagogical strategies to deploy in the classroom. You can then deploy these strategies in the classroom the next day as the majority of your time is spent at your base school. At EborHope, you are always treated as a member of staff and not a trainee teacher.

You will be supported by a school mentor as well as a link tutor who is based at York St John University, they will be in regular contact through informal visits and joint appraisals. There will also be a senior mentor at EborHope to guide you throughout your teaching career. This is a one year programme but the support will continue into your NQT year and beyond.

Interview process

Selection is based on evidence given throughout the application process:

  • Your personal statement
  • References
  • Detailed breakdown of degree content
  • Details of other academic, professional or vocational qualifications
  • Completion of a practical task at interview
  • Overall performance at interview

Interview days take place at Manor Church of England Academy. Typical activities include a short teaching activity and an individual interview with a panel made up of EborHope teaching school staff, University tutors and teachers from our partnership schools. Candidates may also have an interview with a pupil panel, take part in a group activity and literacy based task.

How school placements work

Our EborHope Teachers will undertake two placements during the year.

For the majority of the year, our EborHope Teachers will be in their base placement. The second school placement will be for 6 weeks during the Spring term.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,500

There are no other costs for the programme.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Financial support can be accessed through the Funding Advice Team at York St John University.



  • You must have an A Level in the subject you wish to teach.
  • You must be an honours graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to York St John University and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
  • All applicants require GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

We are looking for student teachers who:

  • Have a passion for teaching and a love of learning
  • Are committed to ensuring that all pupils can succeed no matter what their background or starting point
  • Are enthusiastic, combined with excellent organisational skills
  • Have the ability to reflect and develop as critical professionals
  • Can express ideas clearly and succinctly
  • Have a high level of resilience and respond well to constructive feedback
  • Show personal initiative and can work well with peers, pupils, tutors, staff and parents alike

Other requirements

Places are limited and recruitment takes place on a rolling basis. Once the number of students accepted reaches the course limit, courses will be closed. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the course of your choice.

About the training provider

At the heart of our School Direct programme are two ‘Outstanding’ schools – Manor CE Academy (Hope Learning Trust) and Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy (Ebor Academy Trust). Both schools are recognised by the National College as outstanding practitioners in teaching and learning but both also have key characteristics that make them unique. These are our ‘Lead Schools’ who work in partnership with York St John University to deliver a truly school-centred programme.

The School Direct programme is a popular choice for those wanting to train on the job, have an immersive, practical experience and who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

Training with disabilities and other needs

York St John University is an inclusive university and have a range of support services for students with disabilities and other needs. We have a Dedicated Disability Advice Team.

On the PGCE programmes we have a strong track record of supporting students with additional needs to enable them to complete their studies successfully.

Contact details

01904 528661
Manor CE Academy
Millfield Lane Nether Poppleton
North Yorkshire
YO26 6PA


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