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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    £9250

  • Last Updated

    19 July 2018

Course Content

Course content

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.

Core (University-led) Route

This one-year, full-time course, leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary) from the University of Chester. Successful completion also results in the completion of three M level modules which may be used towards a Master's Degree. All candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can start the course. 

While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, credited with delivering "high levels of academic and pastoral care" - Ofsted Report 2016.

Why Study Secondary Physics (including School Direct) with QTS 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.

What will I learn?

In essence, the course will start you on your professional journey as a teacher. We aim to provide high-quality education and training, and modules will provide you with:

  • critical understanding of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum
  • critical knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist age phases and subjects
  • critical knowledge and understanding of wider professional issues, e.g. behaviour management and inclusive practice
  • enrichment opportunities at least 120 days of school-based learning.

How will I be taught?

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching.

You will be expected to undertake 10 independent preparation and consolidation study hours (minimum) per week for the University course, in addition to full teaching days when on placement.

How will I be assessed?

Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities.

School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.


Visit the PGCE Secondary Physics with QTS (including School Direct) page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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