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Secondary Education Science with Physics, PGCE

As a physics teacher, you will share your knowledge and enthusiasm with secondary school pupils and promote an interest in science. Begin your training at Greenwich.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to become a science teacher at secondary school level, specialising in physics. You will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged 11-16 and beyond, working alongside experienced trainers from the Institute of Physics, who can provide ideas on engaging students in science. Colleagues will share research-led experience to support the teaching of physics in secondary schools.

During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4. You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. By the end of the course, you will be ready to be formally assessed against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

2021/2022 fees

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2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in secondary education as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.
  • Your practical experience is gained in two contrasting schools, where you will develop your science and physics teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Secondary Education Science with Physics. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. 100 per cent of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Further information about entry

Candidates must also:

  • Attend an interview 
  • Pass a pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Apply via UCAS.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 30-40. Lectures are normally attended by 100-110, and seminars/tutorials by 30-40.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

TBC

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, travel costs and photocopying, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes practical teaching experience in two contrasting schools.

How long is my placement?

Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.

What are the financial arrangements?

There may be a bursary available.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings such as teaching science and/or physics in a secondary school; Head of Science; teaching and learning responsibilities for cross-curricular projects; and STEM involvement and collaboration.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

We are offering pre-programme Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses to prepare you to teach in your specialist subject area and enhance your subject knowledge.

SKE courses range from 8-24 weeks, requiring 25 hours of study per week for the duration of the course. You may be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary for support.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced trainers from the Institute of Physics. These trainers are always willing to give ideas on planning, engaging and stimulating physics which is practical to motivate children and promote curiosity in science. This also includes input from colleagues sharing their experience - from research and pedagogy - in supporting the teaching of physics in secondary schools.

Accommodation information

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.