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All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Science: Physics course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Your degree should normally have at least 50% Physics content which is relevant to the National Curriculum. Graduates with degrees in Engineering are also invited to apply.
You also need two science A Levels (or equivalent) as well as a GCSE in Mathematics (Grade 4 or above*) or an equivalent qualification which must be attained before you make an application. A GCSE English (Grade 4 or above) or equivalent qualifications will be a condition of any offer, if not already achieved.
You must also:
- complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up a place.
- complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
- agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.
Months of entry
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Science: Physics) leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA Teaching Studies. Our programme, which offers high quality training and support, will prepare you to teach in the 11-18 age range and is run in close partnership with schools.
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted inspectors which affirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.
On the Science (Physics) Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education programme you will benefit from our unique collaboration with University of Birmingham School as well as a wide range of partners, including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience.
On our programme you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career.
On successful completion of your Physics PGDipEd and your NQT year, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time9 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
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