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Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Secondary Initial Teacher Education Science with Physics

About this course

  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: F3X1
  • Applications: UTT
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Department: Education
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: One year
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Programme leader: Helen Diles
  • Key fact: The Institute of Physics offers support and bursaries for trainee physics teachers.


This is a new strand of the PGCE Science where you will specialise in Physics. Students who successfully complete this route will be in a strong position to gain employment as teachers of Physics up to post 16 and general science at least to KS3 and possibly KS4.

This course will attract bursaries from the Department for Education, for further information please visit the

The Secondary PGCE is a one academic year (36 week) course and has been designed to train teachers for the full secondary age phase (11-18). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in two key stages, normally KS3 and KS4. In the first half of the autumn term, some trainees may seek to change this to Key Stage 4 and post-16, this will be subject to discussion with the Programme Leader.

The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

Once you have been offered a place on a PGCE Secondary Science course you will have an opportunity to boost your subject knowledge in Physics with one of our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses before starting your PGCE.

Find out more about what PGCE Secondary Education at UWE has to offer in terms of teaching quality, staff expertise and your student experience.

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