You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Physics. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of Physics in the science curriculum and a capability in mathematics.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course
We usually offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the Physics curriculum to A/AS level, Mathematics to at least Key Stage 3 and offers experience of GCSE General Science.
You’ll have sessions across both mathematics and science PGCE courses. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your preparation, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
In Mathematics classes, you’ll be introduced to strategies to help you teach topics such as numbers, geometry and algebra.
For science, you’ll usually study in mixed groups, sharing physics expertise and learning from others specialising in biology and chemistry.
You’ll explore various teaching methods in our laboratories, including experiments to inspire pupils across all key stages.
Our laboratories mirror school science classrooms and you might carry out practical experiments such as using a torch to transmit music or investigating the weather using data from satellites.
We also offer guest lectures from alumni, people from exam boards, and experts from a variety of organisations. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre.
You won’t simply learn teaching methods on this course though however; you’ll teach classes too.
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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