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PGCE in Secondary Education (Science with Physics) with Recommendation for QTS

Brunel University, London · Education

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Entry requirements

Our conditions of entry to the PGCE Secondary Education programme require that applicants have:

  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach. Normally this should be a 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study.
  • Maths and English grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level.
  • Passed the required Skills Tests - via the UCAS TT application cycle. Brunel University London will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place on one of the programmes and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer letter.

To further strengthen your application, we also recommend that applicants have:

  • Modules within your degree course which should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for the phase or subject you are applying to teach;
  • An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your phase/subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research;
  • An understanding of statutory requirements for your phase/subject area within the state school sector;
  • An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your phase/subject area
  • Recent and relevant experience of state school education in England, either team teaching or observing with experienced teachers. This should normally be pre professional teaching experience where you have had the opportunity to develop relationships with a group(s) of pupils over a sustained period of time.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English. If selected for interview, you will be expected to interact effectively with university tutors and school colleagues and demonstrate the potential to form positive and productive relationships with colleagues and pupils in schools and in professional learning contexts.
  • An awareness of the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2013).
  • An enthusiastic and energetic approach which communicates clearly your commitment to teaching and working with young people.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Primary and Secondary PGCEs are "Outstanding" (Ofsted, 2015).

All our Education courses have been developed in collaboration with Partnership schools and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This ensures not only the highest possible quality of provision, but also relevance in reflecting national and school-level priorities in Education.

The course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to teach science and the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vital role of the teacher and the school in ensuring excellence in the educational experiences of young people
  • Undertake professional practice which enables you to evidence the Teachers’ Standards which facilitate the award of Qualified Teacher Status
  • Understand the relationships between Education and science within current national and government frameworks, and critically reflect on the impact of these in the work of schools and the educational experiences of young people
  • Recognise the contribution that science as part of the whole school curriculum makes to the development of the individual learner and groups of learners
  • Think critically about what it means to be scientifically educated and how this informs curriculum planning and design within the subject area
  • Apply a thorough knowledge and understanding of science (Physics) National Curriculum to the planning of curriculum experiences for pupils in school
  • Demonstrate competence and confidence in your ability to teach across the contexts for pupil learning in the mathematics National Curriculum range and content, applying principles of continuity and progression
  • Use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the 14-16 curriculum including examination and vocational courses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the subject knowledge and specification requirements for the 16-19 curriculum
  • Utilise a range of teaching strategies to meet the identified learning needs of a wide range of pupils
  • Utilise a range of resources, including information and communication technology, to enhance pupil learning in physics
  • Understand the importance of safe practice and safeguarding and apply these in working with young people both within and beyond lessons
  • Use a wide range of class management strategies to maximise pupil learning
  • Understand the principles of inclusion and apply these to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils in the subject area
  • Understand national frameworks for assessment within the subject area and use these to support the recording and analysis of data, and the subsequent use of this to plan the next phase of learning
  • Raise the status of the subject area by demonstrating high standards of professionalism at all times
  • Understand the crucial role of professional learning for the teacher, the pupils and schools.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265599