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Secondary Physics PGCE with QTS

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1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Physics (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

The University of Chester offers PGCE Secondary Science enhanced with Physics leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for the age range 11-16 with sixth form enhancement.

Course overview

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Why study this course with us?

The course allows you to teach Secondary Science with a focus on your specialism. You will develop your subject knowledge, practical skills and pedagogy in all aspects of science at KS3, whilst also developing your expertise in your preferred discipline of Physics at KS4 and KS5 depending on your degree and experience.

Science enhanced with Physics

Applicants need a good honours degree with a significant proportion of Physics is ideal. There are a wide range of degrees which would give a suitable level of subject knowledge. However, enthusiastic scientists with a reasonable knowledge of Physics can follow a booster/enhancement course prior to starting the PGCE. These last from 10 days to six months but applications need a recommendation from a PGCE tutor. The University of Chester offers 10 day and 20 day booster courses.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.


Elements common to all subjects and phases: What, and who, influences the curriculum? An investigation of the socio-political and historical influences upon the curriculum in England; Should a curriculum be aims or content led? A consideration of the various definitions of curriculum and the relative importance of subjects and aims; What can we learn from recent reviews of the National Curriculum and an analysis of the current National Curriculum? (Primary/Secondary); How does this affect Non-National Curriculum subjects? What part can schools and teachers play in curriculum and subject developments? An exploration and discussion of the current and possible future roles of teachers in curriculum and specialist subject developments; What are the processes of curriculum development? A consideration of some of the theoretical models of curriculum development, and examples of application; How is curriculum development and innovation undertaken? A consideration of how curriculum development is carried out in schools, and how it can be evaluated; How would you approach small scale curriculum development in your school? An individual exercise in planning, negotiating, managing, resourcing, applying and evaluating a curriculum development; In addition within Primary Programmes: Co-ordinating and developing the curriculum for one or more subjects. In addition within Secondary Programmes: Co-ordinating and developing innovative approaches to the teaching of the specialist subject. Teachers' Standards: Curriculum encompasses all aspects of children's experience (Standards 1-8).

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:2 honours degree (2:1 preferred) , have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more

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