About the course
If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school Physics teacher, then studying our one-year PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Physics) will help you on your way. You’ll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience. Successful completion of the course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-18 age range.
The course programme is divided into two main themes:
- Initial Professional Development
You’ll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching skills and subject curriculum knowledge to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You will research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy.
- Physics Specialist Subject Pedagogy
Subject sessions provide you with an understanding of subject pedagogy in Physics and generic science sessions offer you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues such as 'practical aspects of science', assessment of science and literacy in science as well as the more practical considerations whilst teaching this subject. We help you to prepare for teaching all the sciences at Key Stage 3. We have a fully equipped science laboratory at the University to help develop your practice.
You’ll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed. Course tutors are very experienced and you’ll have a personal academic tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work.
Three of the four PGCE modules are at Master’s level and you’ll have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Master’s degree, supporting your NQT year and early professional development.
You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The interview process typically lasts for half a day.
The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:
• You will be asked to teach a concept from your subject area
• You will participate in a group task which is designed to investigate your understanding of teaching and learning and the role of a secondary school teacher
• You will complete a literacy task to evaluate your ability to communicate effectively
• You will also have an individual interview with a member of the course team which will include a discussion about your subject knowledge.
How school placements work
A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within our partnership schools. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend at least 120 days in at least two schools. One of your placements will be in a 6th form college where you will teach on A level programmes.
You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and from mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You’ll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.
Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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 Honours degree in science (2:2 or above). If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
• Two science A levels at a minimum of grade C or equivalent, with one subject being Physics.
• GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
• You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course.
Conditions to be met by 31 August 2019.
- Enthusiasm and a genuine desire to inspire young people
- A commitment to helping every child to make the most of their talents
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
- Professionalism and an understanding of the role of a teacher
- Resilience and the willingness to receive and act on advice
- The ability to manage time effectively
- Evidence of self-motivation in personal learning
We advise that you spend some time gaining experience in a secondary school to give you a greater insight into your career choice and help you decide whether teaching is right for you.
- You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.
- You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
- Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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