Physics with St Edmunds Catholic Academy Accredited provider: University of Wolverhampton

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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

St Edmund's Catholic Academy and The University of Wolverhampton will work together to design a programme to develop your skills as a teacher and enable you to feel confident to teach the subject within a secondary setting. You will develop a good understanding of the learning and teaching methods used in schools and how they help children to grasp increasingly more complex ideas.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your own learning of your subject, enabling you to plan for, and deliver, innovative and inspirational lessons. You will be encouraged to develop the necessary skills to use ICT within your own classroom. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers; practitioners who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school and apply imaginatively the principles underpinning a broad and balanced curriculum.

The programme is designed to enable you to meet the Teaching Standards. In addition to developing knowledge of the curriculum you will be given support in aspects such as: educational pedagogy, lesson planning, assessment to support learning, varied teaching styles and classroom management.

The majority of time will be spent at St Edmund's but there will be a second school experience in the spring term. Time will also be spent at the university with other trainees on the same course.

Interview process

As part of the selection procedure, candidates will be requested to take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess suitability to teach. The university will work with us in co-ordinating the recruitment process. As part of the interview process, there will be an element of pupil interaction – either small group or a teaching activity – and in some cases a short test designed to inform the panel about candidates' skills in literacy and numeracy. Information will be given in advance of an interview about the nature of these. There will also be a formal interview in which the university will be involved. It is a thorough process that is designed to get the best match of applicant to the place available.

How school placements work

Bishop Cleary Catholic Multi Academy Company in Wolverhampton comprises:

  • St Edmund’s Catholic Secondary Academy
  • SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Primary Academy and Nursery
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy and Nursery
  • St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy

To find out more, please follow the links to each academy.

Our Motto

Learning and growing together in Christ.

Our Mission

The Bishop Cleary Catholic Multi Academy Company is part of the Church’s mission, to make Jesus Christ known to all people – placing Him, Christ and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of all we do. We strive for excellence in education, by growing in faith and understanding together.

The Bishop Cleary Catholic Multi Academy Company has a clear overarching vision:

  • To develop everyone to their full spiritual potential reflecting the Catholic tradition of loving God and offering service and reconciliation to all.
  • To provide outstanding teaching and learning for all our pupils.
  • To work in partnership with one another to provide creative and innovative opportunities for all members of our multi academy community.
  • To prepare our pupils to contribute to the common good of our wider, diverse society.
  • To strive for excellence and continuous improvement in all we do.

The Multi Academy is named after Bishop JOSEPH FRANCIS CLEARY 1912 to 1991, Bishop of Cresima.

We hope and pray that the spirit of Bishop Cleary and the values that his life and work expressed will inspire all who attend, work and teach at our Academies to achieve outstanding education and lives of devoted service to the Common Good.


The course fees for 2019/2020 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

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.



You should be a graduate, with a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. This should be of a 2:2 or above.

You must also possess a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English Language and Mathematics. You should also have a degree in which at least 50% of the subject content is in the subject that you wish to teach.

All applicants must have passed both literacy and numeracy skills tests prior to entry. Medical fitness will also be assessed and a DBS check is required.

About the training provider

Would you like to help to develop the great minds of tomorrow?

Are you a graduate with the right personal qualities and the potential to be an outstanding teacher?

Are you sympathetic to the distinctive nature of Catholic education, even if not a practising Catholic?

Bishop Cleary MAC is part of a growing number of schools leading the training of our next generation of primary and secondary teachers. We can offer you:

  • High quality training to become a qualified primary or secondary teacher within one year, including experience in different school environments during training.
  • A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) or the opportunity for up to 40 Masters’ credits.
  • A programme of tailored professional development.
  • Your own personal mentor.
  • Opportunities for engagement with education policy and development, with a view to possible progression to senior/leadership roles in the future.

Our involvement in teacher training is really important to us; it means we can choose the very best talent and develop the outstanding teachers of the future, ensuring that pupils and students in our family of schools have the best possible education.

We have vacancies to start training in September 2019 for both primary and secondary phases, and we would be delighted to hear from you if you are considering teaching as a career. We are looking for people who have a good honours degree and are passionate about inspiring young people to fulfil their potential.

About the accredited provider

The University of Wolverhampton has been providing high quality teacher education programmes since 1909. Over 98% of trainees go on not only to secure employment, but remain in teaching, with many quickly moving on to promoted posts.

“The university has a strong reputation locally for developing effective teachers, and as a consequence employment rates are high” Ofsted 2013

Training with disabilities and other needs

Bishop Clearly Multi Academy Company Policies are reviewed regularly to ensure that we are compliant with up to date employment legislation. This includes our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to promote and advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations between people who share a relevant “protected characteristic” and those who do not. “Protected characteristics”, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Contact details

01902 558888
Compton Park
West Midlands


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

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

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

  • Training provider code: 27Y
  • Training programme code: 2R28

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Compton Park, Wolverhampton WV3 9DU

Advice and support

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