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Physics (Secondary Education) PGCE

Physics (Secondary Education) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Physics (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase. Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and gain practical experience in two of around 250 partner schools. You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content. If your degree isn’t in the subject area you wish to teach or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become confident and competent secondary-school teachers. There is a national shortage of physics teachers, with the subject being nationally recognised as a secondary shortage subject. This means that teachers qualifying in physics are particularly employable. If you demonstrate a high level of understanding you may be eligible for masters-level credits. The University of Brighton’s dedicated careers service offer ongoing support and advice which, when paired with the hands-on experience you will gain on your work placements, will help you acquire the skills to help you stand out to potential employers.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Professional development is intrinsically linked to all key strands of the programme and is designed to enable you to evaluate critically and reflect upon your learning in order to make improvements. You will be expected to gather and justify evidence of your achievements on a regular basis and develop and implement improvement plans. Students use an e-portfolio to record their achievements. it is reviewed throughout the course. An action plan is used to support professional development during placements and makes up a significant part of the improvement planning process.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant. Students need to have GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) in least English language and maths.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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