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Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematics

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent qualification is required. Your honours degree should have significant physics content, at least 50%. Degree subjects which allow direct access to the course include Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. If you are unsure about whether your degree contains sufficient Physics content you should contact John Kirkman, Admissions Tutor for the course, who will be able to advise you whether you need to consider a subject knowledge enhancement course before starting at Birmingham. You will also need to demonstrate a breadth of commitment to mathematics, to enable competence across the mathematics curriculum for 11-14 year old children.

All candidates also have to:

  • have a GCSE in English (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
  • pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
  • provide a satisfactory medical form complete an enhanced DBS/police check complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Months of entry


Course content

If you are a graduate Engineer or Physicist who would prefer to teach Physics with Mathematics, our Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematics course offers you this opportunity. This course will appeal to with an engineering or physics background who may be currently deterred by the prospect of teaching biology or chemistry. Our PGDipEd will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to become an outstanding teacher of physics and mathematics, two subjects which are currently in demand.

For those who are eligible, the course also attracts bursaries of £26,000 (2018) and students may also be eligible for a scholarship of £28,000 in lieu of the bursary in line with the government’s priorities to increase the number of Physics teachers.

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Masters level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.

Once you have completed your PGDipEd and successfully passed your induction year, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

If you would prefer to teach Science: Physics then you may be interested in our Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Physics

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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