Bradford College
Physics (F3X1)

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

Our aim is facilitate your transition from successful graduate to competent teacher. In addition to being an academic course, the PGCE Secondary provides a professional qualification (QTS). By the end of the course you should have achieved the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be confident in teaching all aspects of the Secondary National Curriculum at the appropriate level. You will become a reflective practitioner who will be able to improve continuously your own knowledge, understanding and skills.

The PGCE programme is 44 weeks long, commencing early September, with time divided between school placements and Bradford College. The course prepares you to teach within the secondary age range of (11-16).

You will study all areas of the secondary curriculum and link practice to theory, completing 3 modules at Level 7. Bradford College sessions are relevant, often practically-based, and address the subject knowledge, teaching techniques (pedagogy) and professional issues required to teach children accessing the Secondary National Curriculum.

You will also be required to attend a short field trip to improve your subject knowledge and to demonstrate and practise the skills required to organise out of school visits.

College sessions cover aspects such as planning and assessment, behaviour management, SEND, inclusion and safeguarding. In addition to this, you have the support of subject specialist tutors, all of who have secondary teaching experience.

For the award of the PGCE you complete three assessed modules, each worth 20 Credit points at Masters Level. These are:

  • Subject Specialist Pedagogy
  • Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Educational Philosophy and Vision

The assessment of these modules comprises a range of strategies, including essays, academic posters and presentations. The PGCE qualification is validated by the University of Bolton.

By the end of the course you will meet the required standards for newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Your knowledge and understanding of teaching in Secondary schools will be secure. You will be capable of planning, teaching and managing a class and your monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting skills will be well developed. You will understand the issues of accountability and the many professional responsibilities required of a teacher.

Interview process

The overall aim of the selection procedure is to explore your potential to be an excellent secondary teacher.

Interviews are held as part of group sessions at which you will be asked to undertake a number of tasks: an interview, a presentation, a written task and a subject specialism audit.

There will be a group introduction at which you will be given a brief outline of the course and of your expected commitment in terms of attendance, professional behaviour and information about school placements.

• You will have an individual interview with tutor, lasting about 30 minutes, to assess your strengths, suitability for the course and for secondary teaching.

• You will be expected to talk about an object of your choice, relevant to your subject area, which you are asked to bring with you.

• The written task is a short comprehension task in Standard English, lasting 30 minutes, to evaluate your ability to communicate in writing.

• A subject specific audit will be completed to ascertain areas of strength and areas for development.

The interview sessions take approximately 4 hours in total. Further information will be provided if you are selected for interview.

How school placements work

School experience is a vital part of your teacher training programme. A key strength of the PGCE course is how theory and practice are related by working with children in two placement schools – at least 120 days are school-based with support provided by experienced school mentors and College link tutors.

You will experience two contrasting placements, the first starting in the autumn term and the second starting in the spring term. The remainder of the time will be spent in Bradford College and or in other educational settings.

Your placements will be arranged for you. Every effort is made to ensure that the most appropriate placements are chosen for each trainee to enhance their professional development. We have strong partnership links with local schools, whose staff make a significant contribution to your training. Partnership schools are situated in Bradford and the neighbouring LEAs to give a wide range of experience and to meet the needs of students from across the region.

Each placement begins with a pattern of serial days including periods of observation, work with small groups of children and the completion of school-based tasks. Serial days lead to blocks of teaching practice with whole classes.

Progress towards achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is assessed using the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2013) whilst in placement. You will need to accumulate and record evidence in your Individual Development Profile (IDP) to demonstrate, by the end of the course, that you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards and criteria in order that the College may recommend you for QTS.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000

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.



A subject-appropriate good Honours degree at 2:2 or above (as detailed below):

Physics - Your degree must be scientific in nature and reflect aspects of relevant National Curriculum for either subject.

At least a GCSE (or equivalent qualification via at Grade C/4 or above in English and mathematics.

Personal qualities

Passion to work in a challenging and rewarding career

Good literacy and numeracy skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English

Knowledge of the three science subjects - although specialising in one subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at 'A' level, trainees are expected to be able to teach all three subjects to GCSE standard.

Time management skills

Potential to work as a team member

Awareness of contemporary education issues

Awareness of multicultural issues in education

Other requirements

You must have passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the course. Further information on these is available at:

A satisfactory new DBS Disclosure will be required for the start of the course, which must be applied for through Bradford College.

A health check is required before commencing on the course.

About the training provider

As Bradford’s leading ITE provider, the School of Teacher Education at University Centre Bradford College offers a wide range of ITE programmes covering Primary, Secondary or Post-secondary (14 – Adult) teacher training, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our PGCE with QTS programmes include Primary (covering 3-7, 5-11 or 7-11 age routes) and Secondary Education in a range of subjects. We have Post-secondary Education and Training (PSET) courses available as pre-service or in-service, full or part-time options, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills. We also offer the Assessment Only route to QTS and Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Our students enjoy a tailored learning experience fully supported by a dedicated team of tutors and school/college based mentors. We work in partnership with a wide range of schools, encompassing varying socio-economic backgrounds, to give trainees opportunity to practise their teaching skills and to experience the different challenges faced by school colleagues. We have a strong tradition of producing effective practitioners grounded in educating children and adults in a multi-ethnic world, with excellent employability rates for our graduates. In our most recent Ofsted inspection we received a ‘Good’ grade for the quality of our provision.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Students have access to Bradford College Disability Services and Learning Support, which provides support to learners with a range of disabilities and/or learning difficulties at all college sites. Full details are available on our website at:

Contact details

01274 433008
B16 Old Building
Bradford College
Great Horton Road


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: B60
  • Training programme code: F3X1

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
Main Site
David Hockney Building, Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1AY
Yes -

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