Taught course

PGCE Physics

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Physics or a Physics-related subject. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Good. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Physics PGCE helps students to develop the professional skills and knowledge they need to teach all aspects of science to pupils up to age 16, as well as teaching physics to pupils aged up to 18. We are committed to creative and interactive approaches to teaching science to promote student engagement and learning.

Students on the Physics PGCE work with a team of expert subject tutors who have all previously been classroom teachers and are actively involved with science education research, curriculum development and consultancy.

During teaching practice, student teachers benefit from the support of subject specialist mentors within our network of over 200 schools throughout Greater London and beyond, ensuring each has the opportunity to become a skilled and confident teacher.

The Physics PGCE offers unique opportunities including teaching sessions at museums and Kew Gardens, and residential trips, developing students’ understanding of learning science outside the classroom.

1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Physics Secondary PGCE is delivered via keynote lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching observation, assignments and a portfolio (which links with continuing professional development in the induction year).

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214