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PGCE Secondary Education, Physics with Mathematics

Course Description

This is a new course, aimed at those who want to teach primarily Physics and mathematics in secondary schools. This course will attract bursaries from the Department for Education, for further information please visit the http://www.education.gov.uk

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.

Guiding young people to develop an understanding of how scientists set about investigating the world, what physical science can answer and probably more importantly what it cannot, is exciting and very rewarding.

Helping pupils to address misconceptions, and facing some of your own, is certainly challenging and never boring.

Course detail

The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.


The course is part of UWE's Department of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:

• Enabling Learning
• Meeting Curriculum Challenges
• Becoming a Teacher

We will introduce you to a range of teaching styles, classroom management skills including behaviour management, lesson planning and assessment procedures both in the University and through classroom support from teachers in your placement schools/ colleges.You will consider strategies to support and motivate a wide diversity of young people in their learning of physics and mathematics. You will also consider the appropriate use of a range of resources, including information and communication technology (ICT).


You are given many opportunities to work with others and will participate in sessions with trainees from other science disciplines as well as in mixed science groups where cross curricular issues, such as learning theories and behaviour management, are covered.

We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. You will have support from a number of staff in the university including; your group tutor and a personal. Additionally any student can get support on a range of issues from a Department Student Adviser.


24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.

As well as teaching, the programme includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.

There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools, science learning centres or colleges of further education.

Trainees in some placements also have the opportunity for a third placement during the final weeks of the course.

You will also be provided with opportunities to work in collaboratively with young people as a whole subject group or with other scientists.


In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education, Physics with Mathematics page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants normally have:• An honours degree (normally 2:2 minimum) or equivalent with at least 50% in a related subject (related to the subject you want to teach e.g. Physics).• GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English and/or English Language• To be able to demonstrate recent experience of observing or supporting teaching in your subject area. This must be conducted in a comprehensive school (minimum of 10 working days or two weeks equivalent within the last three years).

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