Postgraduate university-led training

Training to teach physics with a university provider will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education / Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

A PGCE course is a mixture of training based at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) and at least 24 weeks teaching in schools, usually carried out as two placements in different schools. A PGCE course can also be called a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipED or PGDE).

There are two university-led programmes, Physics with Science and Physics with Maths. For Physics with Maths programmes, the biology and chemistry content that would be included in a Physics with Science course is replaced with maths. This option could appeal to you if you have a mathematical physics or engineering background, or simply prefer maths to the other sciences.

Whether you choose Physics with Science or Physics with Maths, remember that 'with' denotes a subsidiary subject. Your teaching specialism will be physics.

The course usually lasts for one year and is full-time, although some ITT providers offer more flexible courses.

A university-led course will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and a PGCE/PGDE.

UK and EU resident students are eligible for a training bursary when undertaking a university-led physics teacher training course. As physics is one of government’s priority subjects, bursaries are among the highest for all subjects. The bursary amount is determined by your degree classification.

For the 2017/18 academic year, bursaries range from £9000 - £30,000. Bursaries are tax-free and paid by your ITE provider during your course. For full details visit the Get into teaching website.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship, which provides £30,000 tax-free funding and tailored IOP support. Please note, you will be charged tuition fees by your ITE provider. The exact cost varies between institutions, but UK and EU students may be eligible for a loan to cover the cost. More information about tuition fee loans can be found on the student finance website.

UCAS Teacher Training website. Applications are submitted online via UCAS. You are required to submit a personal statement and details of your academic and work experience. Take a look at our making an application pages for further details.

Joe’s story

I have chosen to become a teacher because my physics teacher was the most inspirational teacher I have ever met. He introduced me to the world of physics and engrossed me into its abundance of fascinating information and knowledge. As a result I have completed a PGCE in Physics with Maths via the university-led training route.

The training year just seems to fly by! Not only do you make friends with the staff within your placement schools, but the highlight for me was also the amount of new peers you make. I believe that due to being a large cohort of people all going through the same tough year, the bonds you make with these new peers are ones that will last a long time.

Attaining an IOP Scholarship provided me with a lot of self-confidence as a teacher, knowing that the IOP had faith in my ability to teach the next generation was incredibly motivating. The scholarship also gave me great pride to be taking this career path and was very valuable when applying for employment.