Red Kite Teacher Training
Physics (2VYD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
https://redkiteteachertraining.co.uk/

About the course

As a Physics teacher, you’ll inspire curiosity in how things work, encouraging students to question the physical world around us, and experiment to find the answers.

On the Red Kite Secondary Physics course, you’ll work in schools with exceptional teachers to develop your subject knowledge in everything from temperature and changes of state to electricity, forces and magnetism. You’ll also spend time learning how to teach Biology and Chemistry to Key Stage 3, broadening your skill set to be able to teach secondary Science.

You’ll learn strategies which set the standard of work expected in the lesson and how to employ these in your placement schools, so you’re confident and ready for when you’re a NQT.

Short, medium and long-term learning plans are the key to great organisation, allowing you to focus on your students – you’ll learn how to develop these, plus what to include in lesson plans and the invaluable 5-minute lesson plan tool!

You’ll also enjoy spending a number of days dedicated to practising experiments that you’ll need to demonstrate in class.

By the end of the course, you will have worked in five different science departments, giving you access to a wide range of science specialists, and a fantastic opportunity to see the variety of schools that you may like to work in.

A bursary of up to £26,000 is available for trainee Physics teachers if you have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD in Physics.

Interview process

Our interviews are held in Red Kite partnership schools. The interviews are conducted by representatives from Red Kite Teacher Training and the partnership school.

The interview will consist of the following:

  • Activity with pupils
  • Formal interview
  • Written English test – piece of writing to assess written fluency and spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Workload prioritisation activity
  • Opportunity to meet current trainees
  • Opportunity to meet course leaders and ask questions about the training

You will only be asked to attend one selection day and candidates are informed of the outcome within 48 hours.

How school placements work

When allocating main placements, we consider trainee preferences, transport and location.

Our school placements take place in 15 schools across Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.

All trainees undertake two main placements. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until December. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from January until late June.

Trainees will also take a selection of mini placements, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.

Fees

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

We are unable to sponsor Tier 2 visas.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

A bursary of £26,000 (£28,000 for a scholarship) is available for trainee MFL teachers with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD. You will also receive early-career payments of £2k each after tax, in your second, third and fourth years of teaching.

Many Trainees apply for student finance in order to pay their fees with a tuition fee loan.

Those who are eligible for a bursary can use this to pay in monthly instalments. The first instalment of £1,250 is due in October followed by 8 instalments of £1000 from November to June.

You can also self-finance using our monthly payment schedule.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).

Applicants should have a degree relevant to Physics. We consider a Physics A-Level qualification where your degree is not directly related.

All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O'level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.

*or international equivalent

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
  • Independent, resilient and adaptable
  • Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
  • Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
  • Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
  • High standards of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude
  • Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach

Other requirements

Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange school experience.

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by Red Kite's preferred supplier.

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.

Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at the expense of Red Kite.

About the training provider

Red Kite Teacher Training is a partnership of around 60 Primary, Secondary and Special schools based in and around Leeds, Harrogate and Skipton.

We tailor our School Centred Initial Teacher Training courses to individual needs so even though our Trainees are in the classroom from day one, they will only be teaching when they and their progress leader feel you are ready to do so. This approach gives our Trainees the best possible start to their teaching career. By being part of your placement school from day one they will be viewed as a colleague rather than a student during their placements.

Our courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommended by Red Kite and a PGCE (worth 60 masters credits) awarded by the University of Leeds. All our Trainees have access to student facilities and support at the University of Leeds, including sports facilities, accommodation services, learning resources and student support services.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Red Kite Teacher Training is committed to equal opportunities for staff, trainees and prospective Trainees in its admissions, in all aspects of teaching and assessment and in its provision of trainee services.

If you have a disability or special need please contact us at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss your requirements and ensure we allocate appropriate placement schools or make arrangements where necessary.

Every year we train a number of Trainees with special needs such as dyslexia and we have strategies in place to support these Trainees alongside a SEND and Wellness Lead who will offer additional support when required.

Contact details

Email
TeacherTraining@redkitealliance.co.uk
Telephone
01423 535646
Website
https://redkiteteachertraining.co.uk/
Address
Harrogate Grammar School
Arthurs Avenue
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG2 0DZ

Apply

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: 2B9
  • Training programme code: 2VYD

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
Benton Park
Harrogate Road, Leeds LS19 6LX
Yes 7
Brigshaw High School
Brigshaw Lane, Castleford WF10 2HR
Yes K
Crawshaw Academy
Robin Lane, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 9HU
Yes L
Ilkley Grammar School
Cowpasture Road, Ilkley LS29 8TR
Yes Z
Lawnswood School
Ring Road, Leeds LS16 5AG
Yes 2
Main Site
Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate HG2 0DZ
Yes -
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Farnley Lane, Otley LS21 2BB
Yes J
Pudsey Grangefield School
Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 7ND
Yes N
Ralph Thoresby School
Holtdale Approach, Leeds LS16 7RX
Yes C
Roundhay School
Roundhay School, Old Park Rd, Leeds LS8 1ND
Yes R
Royds School
Pennington Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8EX
Yes U
South Craven School
Holme Lane, Cross Hills, Keighley BD20 7RL
Yes D
Spen Valley High School
Roberttown Lane, Liversedge WF15 7LX
Yes 3
Temple Moor High School
Field End Grove, Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0PT
Yes Q

Support and advice

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