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    28 March 2019

Physics is central to everyday life. As a physics teacher, you will share your knowledge and enthusiasm with young pupils and prepare them for a range of important careers.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is designed to prepare you to become a professional, competent and reflective secondary school teacher of science, with physics as a specialist subject. Your studies will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged eleven to sixteen and beyond.

As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Master's-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

The Institute of Physics

You will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced trainers from the Institute of Physics. These trainers are always willing to give ideas on planning, engaging and stimulating physics which is practical to motivate children and promote curiosity in science. This also includes input from colleagues sharing their experience - from research and pedagogy - in supporting the teaching of physics in secondary schools.

Degree structure

Our one-year course is comprised of two elements: 

  • 60 days of university-based teaching 
  • 120 days of school-based experience. 

Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and physics teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

Learning and experience

The quality of teacher training in Secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that "Scientists appreciate the enhancement groups where they further build on their knowledge by sharing each other's expertise. As a consequence, the trainees' and newly qualified teachers' enthusiasm and confidence in the subjects they teach motivate and inspire pupils to learn and make progress."

Our university-based workshops also offer strong support. You will have easy access to tutors as well as online materials. Here we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum and address all relevant government standards. Other topics of study will include planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management. There is also the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from other subject areas.

During your time with us you will develop and hone your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils within the context of the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.

You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. By the end of this course, you will be fully equipped to be formally assessed against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What you will study

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.


Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings, such as:

  • Teaching science and/or physics in a secondary school
  • Head of Science
  • Teaching and learning responsibilities for cross-curricular projects
  • STEM involvement and collaboration.

We are offering pre-programme Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses to prepare you to teach in your specialist subject area and enhance your subject knowledge.

For more information on our SKE courses, click here.

SKE courses can range from 8 weeks – 24 weeks. Studying an SKE course will mean that you may also be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary.

For more information regarding funding for SKE courses, please visit the Get into Teaching website.

Visit the Secondary Education Science with Physics PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!





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