About the course
Our PGCE Science with Physics course begins with a stimulating mix of physics, chemistry and biology education. You will then focus fully on Physics, allowing you to specialise in the teaching of Physics at Key Stage 4. Teaching science at Key Stages 3 requires competence across the entire range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science.
We have a range of specialist science and teaching facilities, providing you with a solid foundation on which to develop your skills and experience. During your studies, you also will undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools and have the chance to acquire skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. Schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.
Physics is a subject which can fascinate and inspire children. It feeds their natural curiosity and supports them in developing their understanding of the natural world. Science teachers are in great demand and this course appeals to graduates who are passionate about Physics but want to develop the skills and understanding to teach science across the curriculum.
Through this course, you will gain the understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective Physics teacher in a secondary school setting. You will also develop the awareness and ability to transfer these skills and teach in subject areas across the science curriculum (such as Biology and Chemistry at KS3).
The course gives you a strong understanding of how and why to teach Physics in secondary schools whilst also enabling you to appreciate the unique aspects of other science specialisms in order to develop your confidence in teaching across the science curriculum. Middlesex University also has dedicated subject tutors who have established strong relations with external specialists and partnership schools who will deliver contemporary and subject specific training sessions.
If selected you would be required to attend an interview at the host school. This will include:
- a tour of the school
- literacy/numeracy tests
- classroom/teaching exercise
- panel interview
You may be asked to teach a short segment of a lesson, in which case full details will be provided in advance. Do not worry! This is an opportunity for us to see you in a classroom setting, and we are fully aware you may have had no previous teaching experience. The lesson may not go as planned, but it's important to be honest with your thoughts when we ask you about the lesson during the subsequent interview panel.
Further details of the interview structure will be emailed as part of your interview confirmation.
If you are successful at the Stage 1 (school interview), the university will call you for Stage 2 of interview at the university. This is an ideal opportunity for you to get to know the team at Middlesex University that you will be working with during your training year, and for them to get to know you.
If you are rejected at Stage 1 (school interview), we will contact you and upload the rejection to UCAS including reasons for the rejection that you (alone) would be able to see.
If you are rejected at Stage 2 (university interview), the university will get in touch to outline the reasons for their decision.
How school placements work
You will undertake your training across two contrasting schools. Starting in ‘School A’ your first placement lasts from September until early January, then you move to ‘School B’ in early February through to late April, returning to ‘School A’ in early May, completing your training in late June.
Your training will be predominantly based at the two host schools, other than one day a week when you will be at the university (throughout most of the year).
Through an initial programme of observations and research you will become familiar with the organisation and working of the school and department (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).
From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of the teaching staff by fellow professionals. With your departmental mentor and Professional Coordinating Mentor (PCM), you will feel supported as you progress and become ready to teach. Our mentors are experienced teachers and undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills to support your development as a teacher. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children and young people in a familiar environment.
Your university tutor will visit you regularly throughout your training year to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your mentors and you will maintain close links with other trainees in your subject across the Harrow Collegiate, through networking and subject development days.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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.
- 2:2 or above Honours Degree in the subject you wish to teach (or a closely related discipline)*
- Strong academic record at A-level*: at least grade B* in the subject you wish to teach (or grade C* if you can demonstrate academic progression since A-level*).
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above*.
Applicants may be accepted if they have other relevant experience (e.g. work experience).
Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to confirm qualification equivalents if you studied outside the UK.
You should be:
- Enthusiastic about your subject;
- Able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English;
- Open to advice and positive professional criticism;
- Diligent, organised, smartly dressed, punctual and committed to full attendance;
- Able to shoulder individual responsibility and work collaboratively;
- Committed to equal opportunities;
- Willing to work with pupils beyond the school day.
You should also have:
- Basic computing skills, with a commitment to developing these;
- Good health, physical and mental;
- A sense of humour;
- A vision of teaching more than just giving information or crowd control
We strongly encourage you to undertake school experience observation in UK secondary schools before applying. Although this is not mandatory, this will enable you to explore your motivation to teach, and your understanding of what teaching is like, when you are discussing this at interview.
This school experience does not need to be in the school you are applying to, but should be in the subject you are planning to teach (or a closely-related discipline).
All teacher trainees will undergo an Enhanced Criminal Records check, Health checks and Prohibition to Teach checks. Further information can be obtained at interview.
About the training provider
The Harrow Collegiate Teaching Schools' Alliance (HCTSA) is comprised of a wide range of high performing Outer London secondary schools, committed to transforming young people's lives through inspirational teaching. We are an innovative and growing partnership with schools in Harrow, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Edgware and Hillingdon (click for a map of our schools).
We are looking for exceptional candidates with a passion for your subject grounded in academic achievement as well as a deep commitment to working with young people to enhance their life opportunities through education.
Whitmore High School is the Lead School, and partner schools include Alperton Community School, Avanti House School, Bentley Wood High School, Canons High School, Harrow High School, Hatch End High School, Haydon School(http://www.haydonschool.com/), Kingsbury High School, Kingsley Special School, Nower Hill High School, Park High School, Regent High School, Rooks Heath College, Sacred Heart Language College, St. Mary's & St. John's School and Whitefriars School.
We offer the opportunity to train with experienced teachers in dynamic learning environments that foster talent. We have extensive opportunities for professional development including an excellent Masters Programme with St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.
In addition, we offer:
- Genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both challenging pupils and some exceptionally high achievers;
- School-based tutorials led by experienced Leadership team members and school staff;
- The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive, professional staff;
- The opportunity to become part of a school community, gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of teaching.
About the accredited body
The School Direct programme at Middlesex University allows trainees to benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across many disciplines.
The team at Middlesex University are dedicated to supporting you throughout your training and work in close liaison with schools to ensure an excellent experience for all trainees.
All programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used towards a master's degree in the future. This enables you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
HCTSA and our partner university are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities. The HCTSA invites you to contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged – firstname.lastname@example.org
Middlesex University offers advice and support to their trainees who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.
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Alperton Community School
Stanley Avenue, Wembley HA04JE
Bentley Wood High School for Girls
Bridges Road, Stanmore HA7 3NA
Whitefriars Avenue, Harrow HA35RQ
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