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About the course

Are you passionate about helping young people to explore the fascinating world of physics? Do you want to be key in enabling them to understand how physics is fundamental to everyday life and isn’t as hard to understand as its reputation might lead them to believe? If so, our PGCE Secondary Physics is for you.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll look at strategies and techniques to make the subject accessible, whether you’re leading practical experiments in electricity or introducing topics like astrophysics and nuclear physics.

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Entry Requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) in a relevant subject from a UK higher education institution or equivalent.

You must have a GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.

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Where is Birmingham City University

Student Profile(s)

Andy Carter

I chose Birmingham City University to study my PGCE in Secondary Science because it is very highly regarded for its teacher training courses and the campus is very friendly. It is also well located for transport links both into the city centre and further afield, and it has a very good connection with local schools. After meeting several faculty members on open days and during my interview I felt sure the University was going to be an excellent place for me to complete my teaching qualification.

The lecturers are fantastic and gave me lots of guidance about the course based on their own practical experiences of teaching. This experience is often drawn upon in lectures and helps to deliver engaging lessons in a whole variety of subjects. The University’s education building also has several fully equipped classrooms so students can learn in an environment similar to what they will be teaching in.

Throughout the course students take part in a number of school placements and they are a really important aspect of the course. The University has many connections to local schools as well as those further afield, and when students are on a placement the faculty are in close contact with both the student and the placement staff to ensure it is all going smoothly.

Birmingham is a great place to live, there’s a thriving music scene with an array of different genres available, lots of restaurants and bars in the centre and on the outskirts, as well as some great galleries and museums for those rainy days. Birmingham has excellent transport links with the rest of the country as it has three train stations, meaning you're only a couple of hours from lots of other big cities like London or Manchester and get can to most of the major cities directly. I love Birmingham and hope to be employed here after I graduate.

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