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Secondary PGCE with QTS: Physics, PGCert

Secondary PGCE with QTS: Physics, PGCert

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Physics (General) Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Welcome to the Swansea University Schools’ Partnership (SUSP/PYPA), an innovative collaboration of school and university-based staff working together to ensure that ‘Tomorrow’s Teachers’ have the skills and experience to make a difference to pupils in Wales.

Well-qualified Physics teachers are in high demand across the UK. SUSP has developed an innovative Secondary Physics PGCE programme that is designed to provide new entrants to the teaching profession with confidence in their subject knowledge and in their understanding of how to teach it. This programme will prepare you to make a positive contribution to the learning communities you will be joining. SUSP’s Secondary Physics PGCE programme is underpinned by regional, national and international research. You will learn how to make Physics meaningful, interesting and fun and also how to analyse your own and your pupils’ development.

SUSP’s integrated and rigorous PGCE programme will challenge you academically and professionally. The PGCE Physics programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of Physics and its position in the school curriculum. You will be encouraged to research and test your own approaches to Physics pedagogy to find those techniques that work best for you and for the pupils you teach. SUSP is committed to developing research-informed reflective practitioners who can demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their teaching so that learners develop their subject competence in an environment that cultivates enjoyment.


Successful completion of the SUSP PGCE will lead to recommendation to the Education Workforce Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in schools.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.


This module develops student teachers as Research-informed reflective practitioners through a range of learning experiences designed to enhance the critical awareness that new entrants to the teaching profession will need to refine their teaching, influence their pupils and ensure they advance in their learning (Welsh Government circular, 001/2018). Student teachers will develop an understanding of, and ability to employ, effective strategies for teaching and learning in their subject area and Area of Learning Experience (AoLE). Taught sessions will focus on the application of subject knowledge to support an understanding of pedagogy and curriculum design to promote the four purposes of Education as outlined in the new curriculum (Donaldson, 2015). Student teachers will address issues relevant to the wider context of the Welsh Government policy on the curriculum and the National Frameworks for Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence. The programme will ensure that students gain an understanding of current legislation, including an understanding of the Curriculum Cymreig and Welsh language requirements. They will also develop and consolidate teaching strategies to ensure they are appropriate to their subject area/AloE with a strong focus on lesson and unit planning, taking into account those issues which impact on planning for effective teaching and learning in their subject. Student teachers will develop an awareness and understanding of research skills and research literacy that will help them throughout their professional career and continuously develop their approaches to learning and teaching in order to maximise the impact on learner outcomes. Student teachers will examine research literature and explore their own practice through the implementation of a close to practice research project to systematically develop their professional practice and respond creatively to the needs of all pupils.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme: An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content; Grade B GCSE in English/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh); Grade B GCSE in Maths. The GCSE Grade B in English/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government. However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test.