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Secondary Education: Physics with Mathematics (QTS) - PGDip

If you are a graduate Engineer or Physicist who would prefer to teach Physics with Mathematics, our Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematics course offers you this opportunity. This course will appeal to with an engineering or physics background who may be currently deterred by the prospect of teaching biology or chemistry. Our PGDipEd will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to become an outstanding teacher of physics and mathematics, two subjects which are currently in demand. 

For those who are eligible, the course also attracts bursaries of £26,000 (2018) and students may also be eligible for a scholarship of £28,000 in lieu of the bursary in line with the government’s priorities to increase the number of Physics teachers.

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Masters level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.

Once you have completed your PGDipEd and successfully passed your induction year, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

If you would prefer to teach Science: Physics then you may be interested in our Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Physics

Course details

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' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

The Initial Teacher Education course

During your training year, you will focus on learning to teach Physics to 11-18 year olds but you will also have the opportunity to learn about Mathematics teaching. Key Stage 3 Science is sometimes taught by one teacher so you may also wish to gain some experience of teaching biology and chemistry.

The PGDipEd course lasts 36 weeks, of which 24 are spent in our partnership schools.

Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the University. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own teaching.

This Physics with Mathematics course will enable you to gain skills in both classroom and laboratory environments using a range of teaching styles and techniques. Classroom management, lesson planning and assessing the success of your lessons are some of the areas which will be covered. You will also find out what children find hard about certain topics, how to vary your approach to minimise these difficulties, and so develop a range of teaching strategies, deploying many different technologies.

Our tutors are very experienced and have all taught in secondary schools and are engaged in research which improves children’s learning experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Equal Opportunities

The School of Education is committed to equal opportunities in the access to and provision of education. For more information please see the following documents:

Information on our other PGDipEd(QTS) subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS)course page.


This course will increase your employability appeal as there is evidence of demand for people with a PGDipED (QTS) in Physics with Mathematics.

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




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