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Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.


Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Physics (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11-to-16 age range, which qualifies you to be a teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. Where possible, we also give you the chance to gain experience in the 11-to-18 age range. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, are integral to the success of the UK economy while STEM education has long been identified as a major priority for schools. Successful education is built on strong subject teaching. Learners need highly skilled specialist teachers to inspire and challenge them. Your challenge is to help young people recognise how the science, design and technology, computer science, engineering and mathematics they study at school or college can lead to rich and varied career pathways. This complexity offers an enormous opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject to engage young people and show them how physics is central to everyday life and needn’t be hard to learn.

This course will support you to develop as a great physics teacher who can bring the subject to life by devising and delivering a diverse range of engaging lessons that educate and excite all pupils. The subject studies element of your training programme enables you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of science, and particularly physics, in the secondary school context. Our course is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, including national priorities for education. You will be guided by specialist tutors who have relevant teaching experience and who often contribute to educational research, policy and curriculum developments in your subject. You’ll learn about children and child development in the core Active Inquiry and Technology-Enhanced Learning modules with the rest of the Secondary PGCE cohort.

To pass your PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, you have to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards. While the course is modular, the emphasis is on the whole process of your development as a teacher. So, rather than a fragmentary approach, there is ongoing assessment, charting the often subtle transformations in your knowledge and understanding, and your practical skills.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Tuition fees
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Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

Students need 2.2 honours degree or above in the subject area they plan to teach. All applicants MUST have GCSE English and Maths grade A*-C. Applicants must pass a Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy prior to starting the course. They will also need to attend an interview.

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