menu icon
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest news

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Physics (General) Sciences Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

In the modern world, science is essential for everyone. Physics is key to our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the universe.

At UWTSD you will be based in the IQ building where you will learn alongside your fellow students in the field of Science and Technology. This course will prepare you to teach science to Y7 and Y8 pupils and to specialise in teaching Physics up to A-Level.

Delivered in the Environmental Lab in the IQ Building, our secondary physics programme supports you in using your passion and expertise for physics to inspire young people and complement their natural curiosity.

If you are trained as an engineer (for example mechanical, electrical and others) you can use your knowledge and practical experiences to inspire the next generation of engineers and help address the UK’s growing need for engineering talent. A child’s first insight into engineering could well be in the physics classroom and that is where talented teachers such as YOU can make a difference! If you prefer more practical opportunities, you could look at our course, PGCE Secondary Design and Technology with QTS.

For Maths graduates who want an alternative to teaching Maths why not consider teaching Physics? If you like being hands-on, we promise you’ll have so much fun teaching a practical subject. You will also be working alongside computer scientists in the Science and Technology area of learning.

Physics teaching is diverse and uses every skill you have to give. Schools need more specialist physics teachers than ever before therefore employability in your chosen location and promotional prospects are excellent.


The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:

  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Video presentation
  • Research Project

All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Career Opportunities

Yr Athrofa has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study.

Many schools and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with Yr Athrofa as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become subject mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers, which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Art and Design graduates have gone on to work as Secondary Teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Judgemeadow Community College (Leicestershire), Cwmafan Junior School (Port Talbot), Howard School (Rainham, Kent), Amman Valley School (Ammanford), Bridgend County Borough Council, Olchfa Comprehensive School (Swansea), Livanhoe College (Ashby de la Zouch), Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera (Ystalyfera).


Leading the Learning - what, why and how am I teaching?
Learners, schools and communities - where am I teaching?
The Learner - who am I teaching?
Researching the learning - what, why and how am I teaching?

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject. GCSE qualifications: Grade B or above in GCSE English Language OR English Literature and GCSE Mathematics. Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh OR Welsh Literature (first language). Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh. A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications: If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced. Work Experience: You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.

University information

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest higher education institution in Wales and one of the newest. In 2022 it will celebrate 200 years since the original Lampeter campus was founded in 1822. Its 1828 Royal Charter is the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. A merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen in 2010, followed by Swansea Metropolitan University joining...more