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Secondary Science with Physics PGCE with QTS University of Huddersfield




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If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school Physics teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Science with Physics) will help you on your way. You’ll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.

Why Secondary Science with Physics PGCE with QTS?

* The course is designed to emphasise practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theories which underpin the best models of practice. This means you'll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills you'll need in the constantly changing world of secondary education.

* A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools.

You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

* Physics is an exciting subject to teach and there are opportunities for well qualified physics teachers. It is a National Curriculum core subject and is taught throughout schools. The course will enable you to explore what it means to teach physics and develop ways in which you teach it. You will examine the best practice of physics teaching and use a range of teaching strategies to challenge and inform your students.

* Upon successful completion of the course we’ll recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to start your first year of teaching (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range.

The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education. The programme is divided into two main themes:

Developing Science (Physics) Specialist Subject Knowledge

* Subject sessions provide you with an understanding of subject pedagogy in physics and generic science sessions offer you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues such as 'practical aspects of science', assessment of science and literacy in science as well as the more practical considerations whilst teaching this subject. We help you to prepare for teaching all the sciences at Key Stage 3.

Supporting Learning and Progress in the Secondary School

* We'll prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching skills and understanding of how to meet the needs of all learners. Themes include how young people learn; teaching and learning techniques to support pupils' progress; behaviour management; assessment; inclusive, creative and innovative teaching methods and how to plan lessons and sequences of lessons. You will research evidence based learning theories, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy.

Why study with us?

* You'll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.

* We're 6th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

* We've been training teachers since 1947 and together with our partners we train over 1400 teachers each year.

* We work with 140 teaching placement providers to help prepare you for teaching in the real world.

* While you’re studying at Huddersfield, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

* Two of the PGCE modules are at Master's level and there are many opportunities for further study with us, enabling you to continue your professional development after training to teach. These include our suite of Education Master's courses and research degrees, including Doctor of Education and Education PhD routes.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Secondary Science with Physics PGCE with QTS.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£14,500.00 (13,47,315) per year




University of Huddersfield




HD1 3DH, England

Entry requirement for international students

* An Honours degree in Science (2:2 or above).

* Two Science A levels at a minimum of grade C or equivalent, with one subject being Physics.

* GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme) or equivalent.

* If your first language is not English, you will need IELTS 7.0 overall, with no element less than 6.5.

* If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, we’ll need a UK NARIC statement of comparability.

Application to the PGCE via Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme:

* If your degree qualification does not meet our normal entrance requirements, a place may be offered conditionally on the successful completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme (SKE).

Other requirements:

* You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic potential to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

* You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on their potential to train to teach.

* Offers are subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure checks and applicants must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2020.

For further information regarding requirements please see our website.

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