PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Physics (11-16 years)

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

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Course code F3X1

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Course code F3X1

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Location Lancaster, School Direct
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Do you want to help children make sense of the world around them and inspire scientists of the future? You can by teaching physics in secondary schools and helping students see how physics plays a crucial role in everyday life.

And, there’s never been a better time to train as talented physics teachers are in high demand.

On our PGCE Secondary Education in Physics course you’ll learn about the National Curriculum framework in science through to individual lesson plans and our expert tutors will support you to plan, resource and deliver lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities.

The course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in and students will apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the course of their studies and teaching practice.

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our PGCE Secondary Education in Physics is fully compliant with the Department for Education (DfE) requirements, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in two contrasting schools giving you the essential hands-on experience you need for future employment.

Plus, we ensure that our course gives you plenty of hands-on experience – whether delivering lessons, using technology in the classroom (ICT), assessing work - to prepare you to confidently step into and lead a classroom.

You won’t be dropped in the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes so you can develop the appropriate levels of learning in pupils required of you in the Teachers' Standard.

  • £1000 cash payment and other benefits for September 2018 enrolments. Read more
  • Our excellent partnerships with schools in Lancashire, Cumbria and further afield enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Experience two contrasting school placements where you can put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into real-world practice, giving you valuable work experience
  • Our academic tutors have backgrounds as highly-experienced secondary teachers or within the education sector and knowing what it is like to be a professional teacher, their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Our tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking, technologies and practices
  • A personal tutor will guide you throughout your studies and your subject mentor will support your professional development at your placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books and journals you need for research
  • Free use of classroom props and learning aids that you can use on placements to enhance your teaching
  • Flexibility to study either online or at our friendly and vibrant campus in Lancaster
  • Access to new and modern social and study spaces, technology and facilities on campus

Our Lancaster campus is also home to our  Learning, Education and Development (LED) research centre, where our tutors are involved in leading and publishing high-quality educational research to inform educational practice and policy.

During the past 100 years, with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we have gained a great track record for inspiring teachers and helping them step into employment.

So, let us kick-start your career as a biology teacher so you can share your love of science with young people.

PGCE Scholarship

Scholarship fund worth up to £2,000

We're offering a PGCE scholarship worth up to £2,000 to alumni of University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

Graduate destinations

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

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