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Our Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Science: Physics) leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA Teaching Studies. Our programme, which offers high quality training and support, will prepare you to teach in the 11-18 age range and is run in close partnership with schools.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted inspectors which affirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

On the Science (Physics) Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education programme you will benefit from our unique collaboration with University of Birmingham School as well as a wide range of partners, including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience.

On our programme you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career.

On successful completion of your Physics PGDipEd and your NQT year, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.

You may be eligible for bursaries of up to £26,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified Physics teachers or a scholarships of £28,000 in lieu of a bursary from the Institute of Physics. You could also benefit from additional early career payments of up to £6,000.

Course details

The Science (Physics) Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education programme runs from early September to late June. You will undertake two substantial placements in schools – one in term one and one in terms two and three. Approximately two thirds of the year will be spent in school and one third in University. You will complete six modules, five of which require a written assignment. For the final module, University tutors and school-based mentors will share the assessment against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.

The programme will include the study of subject-based teaching methods as well as the study of broader whole school issues. A variety of teaching styles and approaches to learning will be used in the presentation of the themes. These will include University-based lectures, small group seminars and workshops, school-based work with pupils and teachers, and work undertaken individually or with other groups of students.

Our whole-school issues course will provide you with breadth and depth of insight across a number of themes, including safeguarding, mental health, relationships and sex education, pastoral care and inclusion. An additional PSHE award is also available.

As science teachers are required to teach across the sciences at Key Stage 3 there is a 'science' component in addition to your subject specialism. Teaching the science content to PGDipEd students is not the primary aim of the course although the generic and specific requirements are addressed through various scientific phenomena.

You will have a personal academic tutor to guide and support you, as well as a dedicated subject mentor in both your placement schools.You will benefit from a specialist programme, working with a subject tutor and peers, developing a professional network which will sustain you into your career. 

Employability

There is currently high demand for Physics teachers. Employment rates are consistently high and strong links with partnership schools mean that many students go into employment in the region. Many of our ex-students have been promoted to positions of responsibility, including Advanced Skills Teachers within the first 2 or 3 years.


Visit the Secondary Education: Physics (QTS) - PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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