Taught course

Secondary Physics

The University of Manchester · School of Education

Entry requirements

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a lower second class honours degree or above in a physcial science, e.g. Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering. At least half of your degree should have content strongly related to physics. Science graduates with a degree other than in physics may be considered with the satisfactory completion of a TDA funded Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Secondary Physics (11-16 or 11-18) course consists of a variety of learning experiences designed for those wishing to train as teachers. The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participants knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments. The Secondary course prepares graduates to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE, AS and A2 level. For the purposes of gaining Qualified Teacher Status, trainees focus upon the 11-16 age range. Learning takes place through a number of school and university based elements. There are five periods of school/college experience: Introductory Primary Experience (2 weeks), School Experience 1 (7 weeks), School Experience 2 (7 weeks), School Experience 3 (7 weeks), Enhancement Experience (2 weeks).

Information for international students

All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above, or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects. Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 on the internet-based test.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

School of Education
+44 (0) 161 275 3617