About the course
This course prepares you to teach Physics to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people's development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Physics as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.
On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.
Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Physics teachers.
You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.
How school placements work
In partnership with our schools, we ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring on each of your placements.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Fees are for 2018/19 academic year and subject to change.
Additional costs incurred during your PGCE training year
Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.
Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.
You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet: you will certainly need access to some type of PC.
If you are a nationality other than 'British' selected on your application you may be classed as having overseas fees status unless proven otherwise. Please contact our International Office for advice on your fees status before you apply.
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.
Have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree. Preference is given to candidates with a 2:1 or above honours degree in a relevant subject.
Hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Other qualifications may be approved as equivalent.
Further Information about Entry Requirements
Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.
Pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. We suggest you register for the Skills Tests as soon as you have made your application to us.
Fitness to Teach
In order to comply with the Department for Education, all applicants must satisfy to the University their physical and mental suitability to undertake teacher training.
Although it is not a requirement, we recommend that you have had experience in schools focusing on mainstream Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, so that you are familiar with the atmosphere and demands across Secondary.
About the training provider
Ofsted have rated us an "Outstanding" provider of teacher training.
The University of Warwick has been training teachers for over 50 years and part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience.
We work in partnership with over 300 schools and/or colleges in eight different Local Education Authorities to deliver the highest quality training.
You will be taught using the most current technology enhanced learning tools and techniques.
86% of our trainees rate the course as good or outstanding.
You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school or college mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training.
Our employment rate into teaching is high .
Upon completing the PGCE course you gain 90 credits at masters level.
Upon completing the PGDE for FE you gain 120 credits at masters level.
This allows you to fast-track to a masters degree, quickly progressing your professional development.
As alumni, our Professional Development team will support you to develop your skills through a range of CPD programmes to support your career progression.
Our courses attract a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, that everyone can feel a part of.
'I got the first job I applied for, I was told a few months after starting that the reputation from the University of Warwick alone had been enough to secure the job (luckily they were also impressed by my teaching!)' - Sophie, PGCE Alumni.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All trainees are provided with a named personal tutor and a subject specific mentor in placement.
Warwick provide a range of support for students with disabilities and other needs through the Student Disabilities Team.
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