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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (Physics)

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (Physics)

Key information

Qualification type

Enhancement Course

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Physics (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course will enhance your knowledge of physics, so you can undertake a PGCE and teach it as a secondary priority subject. There’s a strong emphasis on practical work.

Modules include Mechanics and Materials; Waves; Fields; Electricity and Electromagnetism; Particle Physics; Nuclear Physics; Solar System and Cosmology; Thermal Physics; Quantum Physics and Special Relativity.

Through this course we aim to: Prepare you for your PGCE programme – we’ll highlight teaching and learning issues in physics; Inspire passion for physics including all aspects of local, national and global developments within it; Help you understand the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with physics; Model imaginative and creative approaches to teaching and learning, and excellent practice in assessment; Prepare you to teach physics up to Key Stage 4 level. You’ll have the opportunity to reach up to A-level standard teaching knowledge.

This course is for individuals who wish to become physics specialists and bring enthusiasm and interest of physics into the classroom. This course will develop the physics subject knowledge of all participants, sufficiently to progress to an ITT course for physics key stage 3 and 4. During the Enhancement course participants may also develop the subject knowledge required to teach AS and A2.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


20 weeks

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should demonstrate a passion for physics and a real desire to teach it at secondary level. Students will require a referral from their Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Their provider may refer them to an enhancement course where either they do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in physics or where they consider their physics knowledge is weak and offers no specialism. It is desirable to have experience of physics of at least A-level standard, and this could be through holding an A-level in the subject, having an element of it in their degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject. Students will need GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents).

University information

Bath Spa University has a long-established reputation which dates back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art. The University has three main schools of study: The College of Liberal Arts The Bath School of Art and Design The Institute for Education The University offers a wide range of courses across the arts, education studies, sciences, humanities and business management. Bath Spa prides themselves as being a creative...more

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