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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.


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.

How will I be taught?

Teaching and learning will include a range of methods to enhance your knowledge and understanding including tutorials, practical tasks, essays, investigations, collaborative projects and presentations. In addition, there may be opportunities for school visits, fieldwork, trips and visits to help place your subject in a wider context.

The course is divided into specific modules, varying in length and style of delivery.


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



Thermal Physics
Quantum Physics and Special Relativity
Mechanics and Materials
Electricity and Electromagnetism
Particle Physics
Nuclear Physics
Solar System and Cosmology

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

You should demonstrate a passion for physics and a real desire to teach it at secondary level. You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in physics or where they consider your 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 your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject. You’ll need GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents).

University information

Turn your passion into your reality. Bath Spa University has a long-established reputation which dates back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art. Based in the vibrant, World Heritage city of Bath, you’ll experience the best of both worlds: from Roman heritage to Georgian elegance, and the latest modern, specialist facilities – new buildings, well-stocked libraries and state-of-the-art technology. We pride ourselves on being a creative...more