PGCE Secondary Science with Physics (Aylward Academy) - PGCE
Why study this course?
Learn how to teach science and physics to 11 to 16-year-olds with this PGCE School Direct course. Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), the course trains you in the principles of teaching physics and getting the vital hands-on experience necessary for later employment.
Those already on our PGCE School Direct Secondary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with their placement schools.
Successfully complete this PGCE Secondary Science with Physics course to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and become a teacher of science for students up to 14 years old and chemistry for 15 to 16-year-olds. Accredited by the NCTL, there’s also the opportunity to teach at the 16 to 18 age range.
You’ll develop your teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques at London Met as well as exploring the fundamentals of how children learn. These study sessions will include collaborative projects and school-based work with other trainees, as well as how to implement teaching and pupil assessment.
Our PGCE School Direct course uses its London location to widen your experience of teaching in multicultural urban environments. Through your two placements you’ll develop lesson plans and contribute to the development of pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge. London Met also provides you with the opportunity for post-16 year old teaching experience where possible.
Our commitment to your development has lead to high quality reviews from Ofsted:
"School placements are planned very well, providing trainees with contrasting experiences and opportunities.”
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
- School placement A
- School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
- a Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
- the Educational Research Assignment which allows you to explore an educational issue
There are no examinations.
We place great emphasis on feedback from your peers and colleagues on the placement. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.
You will be required to have:
- UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent
- Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy
- a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (a London Metropolitan University Health Check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made
- GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers)
Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is supported by a completed Master's degree and relevant work experience.
We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.
If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.
The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Before you can be permitted to enrol on this course:
- you must take and pass the professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
- you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country
Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends you:
- have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school
- prepare for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
- have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
- ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience, as you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application
Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required.
Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.
This is a year-long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
- the theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
- access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the Secondary curriculum
- sessions on physics
- training to assess pupils’ progress in each of these curriculum areas
Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
- support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
- discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
- understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
- introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
- teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas
- 120 days in a London placement learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools
In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.
"London Metropolitan University not only teaches you 'what teaching is' but it also demonstrates and facilitates a way for you to become a great teacher."
Former trainee from our PGCE Secondary Science with Physics
On successful completion of the course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for teaching science at Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) and Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16) and your chemistry specialism at Key Stage 4. London Met's students have an excellent rate of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and finding teaching positions within six months of graduating. Our trainees have gone on to become physics teachers at schools such as Brentside High School in the London Borough of Ealing.
How to apply
All PGCE and PGCE School Direct applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT). Use UTT's course search tool to find teacher training routes offered by London Met or our lead partner schools.
Applications will continue to be considered while there are places still available. If you are offered a place it might be that you are asked to resubmit your application with a different provider of London Metropolitan University teacher training. This allows us to maximise the chance to offer you a place within our core and lead school portfolio, regardless of which route you applied through.
You can apply with London Met or Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School using the following provider codes in the search fields:
- for London Metropolitan University, enter: L68
- for for Aylward Academy, enter: 1YO
Please note, depending on availability, you may be assigned to schools different to the one you entered the provider code for.
When to apply
The UCAS application schedule provides guidance on when to apply.
Places are limited by the NCTL and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. We also operate waiting lists on these courses.
To find out more, see our information on the process of applying for teacher training courses.