Taught course

PGCE Physics with Mathematics

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in physics or a related subject (including geology, psychology, or oceanography) with a significant component in mathematics is required. Candidates with a third-class degree in physics or closely related subject and A level Mathematics or Physics (or the equivalent) at a minimum of grade B will also be considered, and applicants with a joint degree where science is the major component (i.e. at least two years’ science studies at undergraduate level). Students are also expected to demonstrate a good basic knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics and a willingness to learn more. All candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of two science A levels (Physics and Mathematics) or the equivalent.Candidates without these qualifications may be accepted if they have acquired sufficient subject knowledge by other means, for example through work experience or Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses. 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: Teacher Training. 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

This programme helps students to develop professional skills and knowledge they need to teach all aspects of science to pupils across the 11–16 age range, as well as teaching mathematics to age 16 and physics to pupils aged up to 18. We are committed to creative and interactive approaches to teaching science to promote student learning.

The UCL Institute of Education's partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.

We help all students to develop the professional skills and knowledge to teach all aspects of science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) to pupils at least up to age 16 and mathematics to age 14, as well as teaching physics to students aged up to 18.

Our experienced tutors have previously been classroom teachers and heads of school science departments, as well as worked in industry. They are actively involved in science education research, work on national curriculum development (local and international), and lead CPD sessions for STEM Education Centre London.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214