About this course
What is a PGCE?
The PGCE is the Postgraduate or Professional Certificate in Education, which you can take at any time after completing your first degree. It is a one-year full-time course, after completion you are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status with which you can then become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
The Postgraduate Certificate includes modules at Masters level which may count towards a further Masters award. We agree your award whilst you train with us.
Our PGCE course is designed to develop an understanding of the pedagogy of physics teaching along with practical experience in schools.
Understanding and knowing how to enthuse and engage pupils within the secondary age range in physics and in science is essential. This course begins to prepare you to become an enthusiastic teacher in the classroom. All our secondary PGCE courses meet the requirements for the professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Physics is an exciting subject to teach and there presently are many opportunities for well qualified physics teachers. It is a National Curriculum core subject and is taught throughout schools.
The course is a partnership between the University and the placement schools where you will explore what it means to teach physics and develop ways in which to teach it. You will examine the best practice of physics teaching and develop a range of teaching strategies to challenge and inform students.
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 'How Science Works', assessment of science and Literacy in Science as well as the more practical considerations whilst teaching this subject. We also help you prepare for teaching all the sciences at Key Stage 3. You may also study aspects of your subject specialism at post-16. We have a fully equipped science laboratory at the University to help develop your practice.
* A first degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant science subject.
* Two science A levels at a minimum of grade C or equivalent.
* A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in Mathematics and English (we may be able to offer you an equivalency test in Mathematics and English if you do not meet this requirement. Details available at interview.)
* The ability to speak, read and write well in English.
* Criminal Records Bureau, General Teaching Council and medical checks. There is a charge (currently £44) for the criminal records bureau clearance check. You don't need to do anything before you apply; we will let you know what you need to do during the application process.
* These are the usual entry requirements; however those with different or older qualifications should not be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
* Trainees with appropriate industrial and/or commercial experience are encouraged to apply.
*If you acquired a degree overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, along with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
The TDA fund courses to enhance subject knowledge in physics and chemistry for those with relevant qualifications; check the TDA website www.tda.gov.uk for details and qualifications required.
If you are not sure if teaching is the career for you, we offer robust interviews which give a strong indication of those who will enjoy teaching. If you do not presently have experience in schools, do make sure that you gain some experience.