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PGCE in Secondary Education (Science with Physics) with recommendation for QTS

PGCE in Secondary Education (Science with Physics) with recommendation for QTS

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1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Sciences Teaching Physics (General)

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Course Summary


Along with English and mathematics, science is one of the three core subjects of the national curriculum and since all pupils have to study a broad, balanced curriculum in science there is a demand for well-qualified and skilled physics teachers.

The Brunel PGCE in Secondary Education (Science with Physics) aims to facilitate your transformation into a well-educated, confident and motivated science educator, helping all pupils become scientifically literate citizens.

As a secondary school physics teacher you will have to build upon and sustain pupil’s interest for the subject as they journey through the physics National Curriculum. You will initiate and develop their understanding of how complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described, in terms of a number of key ideas which can be applied universally.

You will also need a secure understanding of the content which would lie outside your specialism, as it is highly likely you will be teaching chemistry and biology topics at least up to KS3. Our course will help you develop this. As it is planned around the ‘big ideas’ in science, around which there will be lectures, discussions and opportunities to practise using your knowledge to teach.

The need for qualified, enthusiastic teachers with an understanding of the demands society places on young people has never been greater. The opportunity to educate children and young people, and learn from them in return, is immensely rewarding.

Careers and your future

A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE). This is demonstrated by Brunel’s outstanding employment rates over time and feedback from Brunel alumni student teachers, our partnership schools and Ofsted inspectors.

Brunel PGCE graduates have gone on to work in our Partnership schools, and many in schools where they undertook a placement experience. This allows the department to retain links with former students and often they become school-based mentors for Brunel PGCE students. The department also has a network of alumni in positions of responsibility in schools across the country.

After you graduate, your relationship with Brunel doesn’t stop there. As alumni, you can remain involved in the Partnership in a range of ways including mentoring, and can also sign up to receive invitations to Brunel public lectures, Education Department research seminars, events and steering groups, to ensure you continue to develop through a community of professional practice within, and beyond the school in which you work.


This module aims to develop a research proposal suitable for a small scale enquiry which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of appropriate ethical implications, to gain an understanding of the importance of accurate data when monitoring planning for pupil progress, to share and further develop strategies for behaviour for learning, to reflect upon the needs of EAL learners and begin to develop an understanding for how to plan to meet their needs, and to gain an understanding of creative and innovative approaches to planning, teaching and assessment to meet the needs of the more able.

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Entry requirements

Our conditions of entry to the PGCE Secondary Education programme require that applicants have: An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach. Normally this should be a 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study. Maths and English grades A* to C, or equivalent, at GCSE level.

University information

Based in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of west London, Brunel University London offers over 100 specialist postgraduate courses, which you can study both full-time and part-time. Nearly 14,000 students study at Brunel, with nearly 3,500 of those studying at postgraduate level, and 15% of their attendees are mature students. Brunel is comprised of three colleges: Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences Business, Arts & Social...more