What will I learn?

Course overview

Do you want to help children make sense of the world around them and inspire scientists of the future? You can by teaching physics in secondary schools and helping students see how physics plays a crucial role in everyday life.

And, there’s never been a better time to train as talented physics teachers are in high demand.

On our PGCE Secondary Education in Physics course you’ll learn about the National Curriculum framework in science through to individual lesson plans and our expert tutors will support you to plan, resource and deliver lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities.

The course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in and students will apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the course of their studies and teaching practice.

Course summary

You will begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies.

Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you will gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard.

We use a variety of methods in our teaching, including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues, and mixed-subject research training activities.

We will show you how to run practical lessons effectively, sharing your ideas while maintaining interest and enthusiasm in your students. We are proud of the high level of practical work in our course, not least because we all feel it is an essential part of school science.

We also give you opportunities to carry out research into the aspects of science teaching that capture your imagination. This helps you develop a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom, which sustains the high levels of progress we expect.

Your Career with a PGCE Teaching Qualification

With QTS built-in, you'll be able to apply for a position as a high school science teacher immediately after graduation.

Which department am I in?

University of Cumbria

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,800.00 (US$ 17,066) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Lancaster Campus

Bowerham Road,



LA1 3JD, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

For international students

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a related degree (e.g. Engineering), depending on your chosen specialism, is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course. Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning. A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work. Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level. There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme. IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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