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PGCE Secondary Science with Physics PGCE

Course Description

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'. Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years”’ (Husbands IOE). This course is offered by applying to London Met for PGCE or through PGCE School Direct at London Met with our partner lead schools.

About the course

We truly embrace the "reflective practitioner" tag line. Trainees have fedback to us on the value they place on this. The initial three weeks are spent preparing you to "hit the ground running" at your first school placement. Teaching during Curriculum Sessions models the teaching we would like to see in schools .. microteaching is a key component here. Trainees have reported the value we place on their input to inform the planning of our curriculum sessions. ie we teach "the stuff" that the trainees feel they need to know about during these sessions.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Physics courses are all full-time, one-year courses.

At their core, each course aims to:

Ensure that you are a competent, dynamic and reflective teacher of science and of your specialist subject,
Enhance your subject knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and processes relevant to current science teaching,
Provide practical experience of a range of teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques,
Provide the necessary skills to facilitate planning of learning opportunities to include individual lesson plans, medium term and long term sequences of learning and extra-curricular learning opportunities.
This course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status whether you apply to London Met for PGCE or through the School Direct at London Met application process. Please see the 'How to apply' section below for the UCAS provider details of our partner schools.

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and NQTs are prepared well to meet the specific challenges of pupils in the context of London schools." Ofsted 2015.


There are four formal elements:

School Experience A,

School Experience B. Your teaching ability is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status,

Educational Research Assignment allows you to explore an educational issue,

A Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience.

A great emphasis is placed on "being a reflective practitioner" such as evaluating the formative feedback from your peers within the group and how this will improve your practice. You will be expected to complete a weekly reflection on our virtual learning environment and contribute to on line discussions. Taking responsibility for your own progress and development is a key concept.

There are no examinations.

Modular structure

You will be trained to teach school science up to age 14, as well as your specialist science subject of physics up to at least age 16. Some training in post-16 teaching is also provided, where appropriate.

After the course

On successful completion of the course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status for teaching Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) and Key Stage 4 (age 14-16). London Metropolitan University's students have an excellent rate of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and finding teaching positions within six months of graduating.


Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the PGCE Secondary Science with Physics PGCE page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

For PGCE / PGCE by School Direct; you must have a relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or above, or an equivalent qualification from overseas. Other than "pure Physics", appropriate degrees might include; engineering, astronomy, communications and astrophysics. If your experience/qualifications of Chemistry is considered lower than required then you might be offered the Chemistry Enhancement Course as a condition of entering the PGCE.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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