Taught course

PGCE Secondary - Physics

Institution
Durham University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

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Entry requirements

At UCAS you can apply for this course by using the following code: F3X1

Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to a selection day. Selection days will involve individual interviews with a pre-prepared presentation element and tests to assess written English and other skills.

Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.

  • The equivalent of a UK 2:2 honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of Science or a similar subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • Significant and relevant subject knowledge and recent experience of the science teaching environment. This should be demonstrated at both application and interview
  • A levels or equivalent in at least two science subjects should your degree have less than 50% relevant subject knowledge and wish to apply for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE)
  • A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications, for example, access routes into higher education are welcome to apply
  • We welcome applications from mature applicants pursuing a career change.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the course.

Subject pedagogy (how to teach the subject for understanding) is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment. Biology, physics and chemistry are taught as science classroom teachers often teach all there sciences at Key Stage 3, specialising in their own subject area at Key Stages 4 and 5.

We believe strongly that to be able to teach successfully you must acquire a good understanding of the 'big ideas' of science as well as learning about how to teach science. The university-based time is therefore divided into two main parts:

  • Core Science in all disciplines addresses your own understanding of the key concepts underpinning science. Many students approach this theme with excellent qualifications but have never had an opportunity to explore their understanding of these concepts. Students have said that this part of the course is "thought provoking", "enlightening" and "challenging". You are expected to follow up this work with tutor and peer group support, using the extensive library facilities.
  • Science Education Issues looks at pedagogical issues relevant to how science is actually taught.
Structure

The course is organised as three modules:

  • Professional Issues in School Based Education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
  • Self-directed Study

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250.00 per year
International students
£21,730.00 per year

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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study@durham.ac.uk