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PGCE Secondary Physics with QTS

Course Description

This stimulating and demanding 36-week training programme will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Physics across the full 11-18 secondary age range, with complementary courses in Chemistry and Biology.

You will learn to make your knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.

The PGCE Secondary programme refreshes and extends students’ subject knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and make a difference to young people’s lives and ambitions.

The programme is divided into university and school/college-based sections. The 12-week university-based section is taught by highly respected staff with extensive experience of secondary school provision.

Our tutors will introduce students to various aspects of teaching, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, and assessment of attainment.

Trainees will spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges located across the South Wales region from Pembrokeshire to Monmouthshire. On both these placements, an experienced teacher will act as mentor and will keep in close contact with university tutors to ensure the smooth development of the trainee’s teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.

The programme involves four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.

Entry Criteria

You will be expected to hold a good honours degree (2:2minimum) and be a graduat of a university, polytechnic or college of higher education approved by the University of Wales. If you wish to teach in Secondary schools then your degree should be closely linked to the subject that you wish to teach.

For the September 2015 entry all PGCE applicants in Wales will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

What are GCSE Equivalency Tests?

Successful completion of a GCSE equivalency test will enable you to proceed on to a PGCE course if you do not hold a GCSE B grade in English or Maths, the test is only available to students that have gained a grade C at GCSE level.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test. If you successfully complete your equivalency test and you accept your place to study with SWWCTE then you can start your PGCE programme as planned.

Will I get any support before the test?

Yes. You are required to attend a one day workshop which is designed to help prepare you for the test with face-to-face support. On the day of your test you will also attend a half day workshop in the morning. In addition to our face-to-face workshops, we recommend that you consult one or more of the following revision resources:

BBC Bitesize (Welsh)

BBC Bitesize (English)


GCSE Mathematics Revision Video (Welsh) by Gareth Evans, Ysgol y Creuddyn available on http://www.hwb.wales.gov.uk

GCSE Mathematics Revision booklets (available in Welsh and English) from bookshops, Amazon and WJEC (http://www.wjec.co.uk)


BBC Bitesize (English)


Visit the PGCE Secondary Physics with QTS page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dan Lockett

There are few professions where at the end of the day you can honestly say that ‘today, I have made a difference’”

Dan Lockett graduated from UWTSD with a PGCE Secondary Physics and has since enjoyed a rewarding career as a Physics teacher. “There are few professions where at the end of the day you can honestly say that ‘today, I have made a difference’” UWTSD provided Dan with a structured mix of teaching practise and theoretical studies. “Lectures on a variety of aspects, such as, curriculum changes, new classroom technology and the constantly changing subject content were invaluable to me in my initial years.”

It could be said that Engineering is not the conventional route to becoming a physics teacher but Dan doesn’t understand why. “A large part of teaching is the ability to motivate pupils to learn and what better way to do this than having the background knowledge to apply physics to everyday situations such as formula one cars or a suspension bridge. An engineer is creative by nature and the freedom to create an inspiring lesson and to teach a topic with only the limits of your imagination is unique.

“I would definitely recommend UWTSD! Their reputation and excellent course delivery speaks for itself. That’s why since my PGCE, I have been working towards completing a Masters Degree in Education at UWTSD. I would not have picked anywhere else to study.”


Entry Requirements

To undertake one of our PGCE Secondary courses, you will require: • a good degree (usually a 2.2 or better) where at least 50% of the modules relate to the curriculum subject • at least a B grade (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Mathematics • at least a C grade in GCSE Welsh if you intend to study through the medium of Welsh. The University is offering free equivalency tests in both Maths and English to all 2014 applicants who satisfy the other entry requirements for their course.

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