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Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) – Physics

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) – Physics

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Physics (General) Sciences Teaching

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Science: Physics one-year PGDipEd (QTS) course is structured to develop a deep understanding of the pedagogy and didactics of Physics, grounded in practical competence in classrooms. You will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. You will be expected to develop these insights, although in less depth, across all facets of the sciences.

Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the University. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own teaching.

Activity is central to learning how to teach physics and science as you need to learn how to act for yourself. This activity will include a good deal of exemplification of teaching, personal practice and collaborative hard thinking. Through this you will become better at planning lessons, assessing the success of your lessons and managing children within those lessons. You will also find out what children find hard about certain topics, how to vary your approach to minimise these difficulties, and so develop a range of teaching strategies, deploying many different technologies. As an essential part of this you will find yourself coming to grips with the national requirements and strategies, as well as engaging in the pleasure of doing some physics.

The School of Education collaborates with the University of Birmingham School to offer a number of activities designed to enhance pupil experiences of learning physics and science and your experience of learning to teach physics and science. Examples of these activities include field trips, master classes and small group teaching.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

36 weeks

Start date

SEP

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,995

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Science: Physics course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Your degree should normally have at least 50% Physics content which is relevant to the National Curriculum. Graduates with degrees in Engineering are also invited to apply. You also need two science A Levels (or equivalent). All candidates need to have: GCSE in Maths and English (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification which must be attained before making your application; pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach; complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach; agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.