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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Physics

Course Description

Help children explore their curiosity about the world around them by training for an exciting and rewarding career as a science teacher! Our course specialises in physics, but you will also learn to teach biology and chemistry at secondary school level. If you're interested in science yourself, this is a great opportunity to put your knowledge to use by inspiring children to learn more about how the world works.

Our experienced and supportive staff have many years of experience in classroom teaching, giving you a wealth of knowledge and experience to learn from. Thanks to our dedicated science labs, you'll learn in relevant working environments that will prepare you for secondary school settings.

Though teaching can be a challenge, it is also a highly rewarding and intellectually fulfilling profession. There's no feeling like the satisfaction you get when you realise you've taught your pupils something new. We'll give you plenty of opportunities to carry out research into the aspects of science teaching that capture your imagination, so put your passion to the best use for your career and work towards becoming an effective and successful physics teacher!

Course outline

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard. We use a variety of methods in our teaching, including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues, and mixed-subject research training activities.

We will show you how to run practical lessons effectively, sharing your ideas while maintaining interest and enthusiasm in your students. We are proud of the high level of practical work in our course, not least because we all feel it is an essential part of school science. We also give you opportunities to carry out research into the aspects of science teaching that capture your imagination. This helps you develop a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom, which sustains the high levels of progress we expect.

You will learn about the science curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms. We'll teach you to use ICT in lessons, how to mark and assess work and how the new Key Stage 4 curriculum is structured. Assessment takes the form of three pieces of written coursework and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Graduate destinations

With QTS built in, you'll be able to apply for a position as a high school science teacher immediately after graduation.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.

Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work. Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Physics page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a related degree (e.g. Engineering), depending on your chosen specialism, is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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