Frequently asked questions

Eligibility

  • What qualifications do I need?
    You will need to be a graduate (proven or predicted) with at least a 2.1 honours degree. If your degree classification is lower but you hold a PhD or master's qualification or confirmed equivalent you will also be eligible as they equate to a first and a 2.1 respectively.
  • Do I need a physics degree?
    No, however, you are very unlikely to be given a place on a course unless your degree contains sufficient physics content (examples include Engineering, Sports Science or Astronomy), or you have undertaken a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in physics.
  • I have a PhD, would I be suitable?
    Yes, applications are not restricted to just graduates of first degrees. We will be awarding scholarships to individuals from a variety of backgrounds and ages.
  • I graduated some time ago, does this matter?
    Not at all, your experiences since graduating could be very valuable to becoming a teacher.
  • I’m not due to graduate until later this year, can I still apply?
    Yes you can providing your predicted grade is a 2.1 or above.
  • I have an overseas degree, will I be able to apply?
    Yes, providing your degree is equivalent to the UK degree requirements stated above. You may want to clarify your qualifications with NARIC prior to applying.

Teacher Training

  • Do I need classroom experience before I apply for teacher training?
    Some prior experience of observation or teaching in a secondary school is a prerequisite of most training providers. You should try to arrange some school experience before you submit your teacher training application, and definitely before your interview. The IOP School Experience Programme can put you in touch with schools that are willing to take on students looking for classroom experience.
  • What choices do I have for teacher training?
    We can only award you a scholarship if you undertake your teacher training in England and do a university-led or school-led (non-salaried) course.
  • Does the IOP arrange my teacher training course?
    No, the scholarship will be awarded independently of your teacher training. You must apply for a physics teacher training place and receive an offer before starting in September 2015. You can apply for our scholarship at any time in this process.
  • Can I apply for other teacher training courses at the same time?
    You are free to apply for other teacher training routes but will only be permitted to accept an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship if you choose an eligible university-led or school-led (non-salaried) route.
  • Will I also get the government's training bursary?
    No, if you are awarded a scholarship it will be instead of the government training bursary.
  • Can I apply if I intend to do the Inspire PGCE?
    Yes.
  • Can I apply if I want to do a part-time training course?
    Yes, the scholarship support you receive will be the same but your payments will be spread out throughout your course.

Scholarship Funding

  • How much is the Scholarship worth?
    If you are successful you will receive a £25,000 tax-free award which will be paid to you in monthly payments during your teacher training course. There is also considerable value in the additional benefits that you will receive.
  • Who funds the scholarship?
    The IOP recommends candidates to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), who is responsible for funding the award.
  • How will the funds be paid?
    You will need to inform your training provider as soon as possible if you are awarded a scholarship because the payment schedule depends on your provider. The payment of scholarships is similar to the payment of government bursaries. For a full-time course, payment is usually made on a monthly basis. For a part-time course, part of the scholarship can be awarded at the start of your training and the remainder of it awarded at the beginning of the second year of training. However this varies between providers, so contact your chosen institution for confirmation.

Applying

  • How do I apply?
    Your first step is to read our eligibility criteria to find out if you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. If you are eligible to apply you will need to complete the online application form.
  • I’m currently on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as part of a conditional offer. Should I apply now or wait until I’ve completed it?
    You can apply at any time but we will be assessing your subject knowledge, so you may prefer to wait until you have completed or at least started your SKE course. You can always express your intention of applying by emailing us at teach@iop.org. Keep an eye on the deadline dates.
  • Do I need to submit my teacher training application through UCAS before I apply for a scholarship?
    No. You can apply for an IOP scholarship before or after you have applied for your teacher training place.
  • What happens next?
    We will notify you by email approximately two and a half weeks after the scholarship application deadline if your application is shortlisted and invite you to attend an Assessment Day with other shortlisted candidates. Prior to attending the assessment day, visiting a school to get some recent observational experience is advised. Our School Experience Programme can help.
  • How and when will I know if I’m successful?
    If you are to be awarded a scholarship you will be notified shortly after attending the Assessment Day. You will need to secure a place on an eligible training course in order for the scholarship to be validated.

If you have any further questions, email teach@iop.org or call us on 020 7470 4959.

Please note, if your application is shortlisted you will be expected to attend an Assessment Day in July.
There will be further application rounds throughout the academic year so keep an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information.

 


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