Taught course

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Physics

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) 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.All students are required to demonstrate good practical skills and technical knowledge. Students with highly theoretical degrees will be asked to describe their practical capabilities. Applicants who have worked with young people in a variety of settings are particularly encouraged to apply. Students are expected to have completed at least three days’ observations of science lessons in secondary schools before their interview. 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

The School Direct Tuition Fee route is a new path into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places. Trainees pay a course fee on this route and will join other student teachers on one of the established PGCE courses at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience in the host school or cluster.

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. Our Science PGCE has a large Outdoor Learning in Science programme which encourages students to promote science teaching and learning outside the classroom and experience of teaching and learning in these diverse environments in London.

We will help you 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, as well as your subject-specialism 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 School Direct (Tuition Fee) PGCE in Physics is delivered via keynote lectures, subject-based and practical workshop sessions in both your subject-specialism and in mixed science groups, group and individual 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 in schools, two M-level assignments, and different portfolio tasks. Students will also record their progress in their Assessment Record File. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and your continuing professional development.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214