NMAPS Physics Course

The NMAPS Physics Course has been developed by outstanding practitioners. Philip Britton, Head of Bolton Boys School and the Institute of Physics Education Board, has taken a leading role. The result is a Physics course that is highly relevant and up to date. 

The NMAPS Physics Course is an enhanced specialist training programme offering:

  • 14.5 days of subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • 14.5 days of professional study
  • Two day primary school placement
  • Experience of alternative provision settings.

Please note that the primary school placement and experience of an alternative provision setting are dependent on such visits being permissible under COVID-19 restrictions.

Course Information

The NMAPS Physics course starts with a three day residential induction which all trainees attend. This will set the expectation for your training year and give you the opportunity to meet trainees from all of our six hubs.

Trainees experience teaching across all key stages

The majority of time you will be spend in your main placement school. A second six week placement will be in a contrasting school. Main placement schools are in both the State and Independent sector. Shorter placements in other types of school: comprehensive and selective; primary, special schools and pupil referral units give you an all rounded training.

Training will be delivered by tutors who have been chosen because of the high quality of their own teaching practice. You will be assigned a mentor at your main placement school. You will meet weekly to discuss progress and tailor training to your individual needs. 

The programme provides regular professional networking and social opportunities throughout the PGCE training year and beyond. Links with leading universities and key professional associations further enhance your training.

We are delighted to announce that the Institute of Physics will be inviting NMAPS Physics trainees to join their Scholars at a series of Master Classes during their training year, providing an additional element of professional development and networking.

During the spring term we would expect all our trainees to be making good progress towards the Teachers’ Standards. You will be on track to achieve QTS.

On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded QTS by NMAPS and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) by The University of Buckingham, England’s only independent university and top in three National rankings.