Taught course

PGCE Secondary Physics with QTS

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · SWW Centre of Teacher Education

Entry requirements

To undertake one of our PGCE Secondary courses, you will require: • a good degree (usually a 2.2 or better) where at least 50% of the modules relate to the curriculum subject • at least a B grade (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Mathematics • at least a C grade in GCSE Welsh if you intend to study through the medium of Welsh.

Months of entry


Course content

This stimulating and demanding 36-week training programme will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach Physics across the full 11-18 secondary age range, with complementary courses in Chemistry and Biology.

You will learn to make your knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.

The programme refreshes and extends students’ subject knowledge and provides them with the opportunity to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and make a difference to young people’s lives and ambitions.

The PGCE Secondary programme is divided into university and school/college-based sections. The 12-week university-based section is taught by highly respected staff with extensive experience of secondary school provision.

Our tutors will introduce students to various aspects of teaching, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, and assessment of attainment.

Trainees will spend the other 24 weeks gaining Professional Teaching Experience (PTE) on two placements at our established partner schools/colleges located across the South Wales region from Pembrokeshire to Monmouthshire. On both these placements, an experienced teacher will act as mentor and will keep in close contact with university tutors to ensure the smooth development of the trainee’s teaching competences. Placements will be available in either English or Welsh-medium secondary schools.

The programme involves four written assignments, while the PTE will be assessed through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the QTS.


• Our programme has the highest employment rate in Wales.

• Our Townhill campus in Swansea is ideally located to serve the whole of South Wales.

• Excellent subject and ICT resources are available to our students.

• Becoming a teacher will provide you with the unique job satisfaction of guiding the development of young people in your specialist subject.

• Teaching offers an attractive starting salary (£21,804) and many promotion possibilities, from classroom teacher to head of faculty to head teacher.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment120

Course contact details

Nia Ifans
01792 482103