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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Secondary Initial Teacher Education Physics with Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
F3X1
Applications:
UTT
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Education and Childhood
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.

Page last updated 9 April 2018

Introduction

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 Get into Teaching.

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.

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 our PGCE Secondary Education in terms of teaching quality, staff expertise and your student experience.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The course is part of our Department of Education and Childhood programme for Initial Teacher Training.

You will study:

  • Professional Development in Secondary Initial Teacher Education
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Initial Teacher Education
  • Subject Knowledge for Teaching in Secondary Initial Teacher Education
  • Classroom-based Enquiry: Secondary Education.

The modules are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.

The course centres on learning about the nature, content and teaching of all aspects of the science curriculum for 11-16 year olds and of specialist Physics for 14-19 year old, for example A level.

During your 12 weeks of study at the university, a range of aspects of teaching and learning of the Science curriculum will be addressed, such as:

  • Common misconceptions in Science
  • Learning Science through out-of school trips and visits
  • Supporting Numeracy and literacy through Science teaching
  • Safety in Science lessons
  • The nature of Science.

Guiding young people to develop an understanding of how scientists set about investigating the world, what science can answer and, probably more important in some ways, what it cannot, is exciting and very rewarding. Helping pupils to address misconceptions and facing some of your own is certainly challenging and never boring.

Hear what our students think about their time here.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We will introduce you to a range of teaching styles, classroom management skills, lesson planning and assessment procedures both in the University and through classroom support from teachers in schools. You will consider strategies to support young people in their learning of science. You will also consider the use of a range of teaching styles and resources, including the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT)

You will participate in sessions with other Physics graduates, and in mixed Science groups. You will also work with graduates from other disciplines where cross-curricular issues, such as learning theories and behaviour management are covered. If you have the knowledge and the passion to teach Science with Physics then this PGCE course is for you.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Personal Support

We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. You will have support from a number of staff in the university including; your group tutor, a personal tutor from you 14 - 19 specialism (Physics). Additionally any student can get support on a range of issues from a Department Student Adviser.

Assessment

In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Before the end of the course it is recommended that trainees take the computer-based QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.

As well as teaching, the programme includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.

There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools, science learning centres or colleges of further education.

Trainees in some placements also have the opportunity for a third placement during the final weeks of the course.

You will also be provided with opportunities to work in collaboratively with young people as a whole subject group or with other scientists.

Study facilities

The department provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms and technology.

The department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes now include 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.

For further information on your career in teaching, including salary scales and case studies of current trainee teachers, visit Get into Teaching.

Hear from our past students about how studying here has enhanced their career prospects and opened up new opportunities.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year350

Further information

Additional course costs relate to travel to teaching placements.  

The cost will depend on where the student lives in relation to our partner schools, as well as the schools they are placed in. 

The maximum cost per year is unlikely to exceed £350.

Please Note: This course is not eligible for the alumni discount.

Supplementary fee information

The PGCE is financed as an undergraduate course. More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see funding for PGCE students.

Entry

  • GCSE: English, Mathematics and Science grade C/4 or above.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally have:

  • An honours degree (normally 2:2 minimum) or equivalent with at least 50% in a related subject (related to the subject you want to teach e.g. Physics).
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.*
  • To be able to demonstrate recent experience of observing or supporting teaching in your subject area. This must be conducted in a comprehensive school (minimum of 10 working days or two weeks equivalent within the last three years). 

*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note that this course starts early in September. We are unable to agree any requests for holiday due to the number of days required to fulfil the course.

Additional requirements
Applicants must pass an initial selection process and short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the Department of Education. All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

If you would like information regarding issues that could disqualify you from teaching training, please contact us on +44 (0)117 32 83333.

Department for Education Professional Skills Tests

All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course. We recommend that you complete the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy as soon as possible after you have submitted an application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before any interview that you may be invited for, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter. If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. You will need to pass both tests by 2 August. Information about the tests can be found at The Department for Education.

Standards and requirements
Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest standards and requirements.

For information about the national curriculum and subjects taught in secondary schools, visit Directgov.

Deferrals

The Department of Education is not able to approve deferrals under any circumstances.  Applicants unable to start their programme during the year of application will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

How to apply

Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

On UCAS, look for us under Physics rather than Science, although you will also be trained to teach across the sciences at least to KS3 and possibly KS4.

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