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    Full time 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    03 August 2017

Course Content

Course content

Learn how to share your enthusiasm for physics and inspire the next generation of children and young people.

Good physics teachers are in great demand and there are lots of opportunities for newly qualified physics teacher. Physics is now considered a priority subject, which means you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000.

This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum Science at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach physics at a higher level at Key Stage 4 and at post-16.

During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by

  • enhancing your subject knowledge and skills
  • learning to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching science and the wider curriculum
  • building your confidence and enthusiasm to become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability
  • developing a wide range of interactive and engaging teaching strategies
  • developing your classroom management and behaviour management skills
  • using a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress
  • learning about the wider role of teachers in school
  • learning about the way schools and the education system function
  • understanding how to apply your skills and knowledge in a school setting
  • developing your evaluation and critical reflection skills
  • meeting the QTS standards for teachers

With our PGCE you complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16, 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.

While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions, we are also involved with a variety of lead schools on the School Direct programme, and many of our students end up being offered teaching jobs in the schools that they train in.

All of our practical sessions take place in purpose-built labs, which replicate the teaching areas typically found in schools.

During the course, you’ll be able to choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications earn you QTS status, but the PGCE also gives you 60 credits towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. On the School Direct route, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Course structure


  • developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and subject pedagogy
  • developing and reflecting on professional practice
  • school based training 1
  • school based training 2

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.


  • academic assignments including practice-based essays
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice


We have a superb record for graduate employment: over 96% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Physics is a great choice for your PGCE because the UK needs more physics teachers — so your job prospects on graduation are particularly good.

Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a job at a place that you already know.

Visit the Secondary Science (Physics) with QTS PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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