About the course
Our Secondary Science PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is a great way to develop outstanding teachers. Staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of science education. We train you to be thoughtful, creative teachers who care about children’s development and their capacity to understand and use science in their everyday lives and future careers.
Our PGCE Physics course will prepare you to teach physics to GCSE and 'A' level.
You will train as a science teacher who specialises in physics, so we will also prepare you to teach chemistry and biology to at least Key Stage 3.
The PGCE Physics option provides a pathway into teaching for graduates who have a good degree with at least 50% of the content related to physics, e.g. physics, engineering or astronomy. Ideally, you will also have a strong background in at least one other science at 'A' level.
Physics remains a popular choice for 'A' level students in schools. In addition to being a key component of Science in the National Curriculum it is also being offered as a separate GCSE option in many schools. STEM subjects are a national priority so physics teachers are in strong demand.
Development of subject and teaching knowledge and understanding is a priority and the team of science tutors includes specialists in physics, chemistry, biology and psychology teaching.
Topics covered include:
the aims of science teaching
the planning, preparation and evaluation of learning experiences for children of different ages and abilities
school laboratory management
the use of information and communications technologies to support science teaching and learning
More specific details about the types of sessions you will have and how you will be taught to teach can be found here.
Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/science/physics/#PQBEQbcH5KLqP8PR.99
How school placements work
We work with local secondary schools and an outstanding local college to provide placements that will give students a rounded, engaging and fulfilling experience. We also have opportunities available in special education across all ages including secondary and sixth form.
We arrange all placements that typically include:
- 3 weeks observational experience at the start of the academic year (to include primary)
- school experience in November
- Placement 1 and 2 from January
All of our schools are within Somerset, including Bridgwater, Taunton and West Somerset.
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.
Financial support from the training provider
For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.
For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages
You will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. You will have a good ‘A’ level grade in physics and ideally in another science subject. Most will have a good degree (minimum 2:2) with at least 50% of the content related to physics e.g. engineering or astronomy. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered. Where necessary you may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.
Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.
Energetic, able and committed science applicants will find this an empowering course which develops personal transferable skills, strength of character and offers the potential for playing a part in shaping the future of society.
In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.
Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
About the training provider
We are delighted to be working with the University of Exeter to offer School Direct training from our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater (https://www.haygroveschool.co.uk/)
Set in the heart of Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our training route provides a fantastic opportunity for students to study their taught PGCE programme as part of the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provision at St Luke’s Campus at the University of Exeter. The rest of the training takes place in the classroom, learning from teachers and working directly with pupils from the outset.
We work with a range of Primary, Secondary and Special schools and a local 'Outstanding' college to ensure students have as diverse as possible experience. Our schools range from urban (town) to rural (small church schools) as well as across a range of Special Schools and a highly-successful college.
About the accredited body
Exeter University are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/whychooseexeter/ofsted/) and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of ITE in the Good Teacher Training Guide (2017). Ofsted praised University of Exeter-trained teachers for their ‘high levels of professionalism; drive, resilience and an ability to manage themselves independently’; meaning our NQTs make rapid progress in their careers as new teachers and gain confidence in teaching children with a diverse range of needs. The 2017 inspection of ITE programmes praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and NQTs teaching children in the region and nationally.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Quantock Education Trust
Quantock Teaching Alliance, Haygrove School, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 7HW
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