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PGCE Secondary Science (Physics) with QTS (11-16)

PGCE Secondary Science (Physics) with QTS (11-16)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

What are the dangers of radiation? How does gravity work? Why are metals good conductors? As a teacher, you’ll help young people discover the answers and understand the fundamentals of physics.

Train to teach in one year with our PGCE Secondary Science (Physics) course. We’ll make sure you develop the academic, professional and vocational skills you need to become a competent and confident physics teacher. Turn to your personal tutor whenever you need extra advice or help overcoming hurdles.

Planning lessons, managing a classroom and understanding different teaching methods will all be key for your future career. Learn from our experts then apply what you’ve learnt out on professional practice in schools. During your 26 week placement, you’ll plan, teach, and assess physics lessons with support from your school-based mentor.

We’ll be there for you every step of the way as you work towards taking the lead in the classroom. You’ll leave us ready to pique young people’s interest in the world around them as they develop practical and analytical scientific skills.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.


The Expert Science Teacher: Subject Knowledge as the Foundation of Expertise focuses on subject and curriculum knowledge in secondary science education. Adopting a joint academic and professional focus, the module includes various strands of development that will enhance your subject knowledge in science, including Key Stage 2 transition and post-16 education, while also exploring the science curriculum, subject pedagogy and application to practice. You will critically reflect on the curriculum experiences of different types of learners, contribute to improvements in teaching science in your placement settings, and develop the desire to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy throughout your teaching career.

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Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. Other subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Physics and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher. DBS Enhanced Disclosure is also required.

University information

Edge Hill University has been established since 1885 and continues to live up to its ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’. Students who opt to attend Edge Hill will benefit from an exceptional education thanks to its cutting-edge research, scholarship opportunities, contemporary facilities and most importantly its passionate, dedicated teaching staff. Students are empowered to craft their own future, learning in ways that work for...more