Taught course

Physics : Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 3rd class Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in the subject area. For this subject area, the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) funds Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses for potential applicants whose subject knowledge in the area may have weaknesses, possibly because their first degree has less than 50% content in the specific subject area. These free courses are run prior to the start of the PGDE programme and may attract a bursary. If you can demonstrate an aptitude, linked to prior degree-based learning, and a strong motivation to teach in this subject, we would strongly encourage you to apply. Please also make sure to state that you are interested in completing the appropriate SKE programme. You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a secondary school (in England or UK) environment. Even if you don't have the required experience in a secondary school, we would still encourage you to apply. Subject to a successful interview, you may be made an offer conditional on completing the required experience. We may also be able to help you in securing this experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Course at a glance

Teach science/Physics to Key Stage 3 and specialist subject to GCSE and A-Level

  • Graduate with Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters Level credits) plus recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • 92% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good
  • LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
  • Excellent career opportunities

Course overview

This course aims to produce enthusiastic Physics teachers able to inspire interest and enthusiasm in the school science curriculum and help pupils understand the important part that science plays in everyday life. A particular feature of the course is to encourage the use of fieldwork, visits to industry and science museums to make science ‘alive’ for your pupils.

The course will introduce you to the aims, objectives and methods of teaching science, set in the context of the National Curriculum for Science and the National Science Strategy. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in practical work through ‘hands on’ activities.

The production and evaluation of teaching materials, how to use demonstrations, and the place of laboratory safety, are also aspects of the course. Lesson planning and evaluation are covered with the emphasis focusing on the management of practical laboratory work. You will also participate in sessions to teach your non-specialist subjects, in recognition that most schools will require an ability to teach all sciences up to a certain point.

The PGDE in Physics programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.

Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, this postgraduate programme also supports the development of your:

  • critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
  • reflective practice linked to professional development
  • practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • understanding and application of subject knowledge

The programme includes a mix of on-campus, online learning, and school/college based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course. The University element of the programme is based around six modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice
  • Subject Pedagogy in Physics
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • Inclusion

School-based training

You will spend 120 days in school based training. Here, teaching will predominantly be at Key Stage 3 and 4, although there may be the opportunity to gain experience with Post-16 level. Experienced subject teacher mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partner secondary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partner schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.


Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Enrichment experiences

Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and supplementary schools, vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations, and participation in school and university teaching projects.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Fees information

You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.

Financial support

Full-time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non-means student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree. Please go to www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding for more details.

Please note:

  • You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.
  • Your tuition fees loan is not-means tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU.
  • Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours).
  • You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090