PGCE Secondary Science with Physics - PGCE

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Why study this course?

Learn how to teach science and physics to 11 to 16-year-olds with this PGCE course, accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). You’ll attend sessions at both London Met and one of our partnership schools, learning the principles of teaching physics and getting the vital hands-on experience necessary for later employment.

Those already on our PGCE Secondary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course.

More about this course

Successfully complete this Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited 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 physics for 15 to 16-year-olds. You may also have the opportunity to teach at the 16 to 18 age range.

At London Met you’ll develop your teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques 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 course uses its London location to widen your experience of teaching in multicultural urban environments. Through your placements at one of our partnership secondary schools you’ll help 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 positive reviews from Ofsted:

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers are prepared well to meet the specific challenges of pupils in the context of London schools."
Ofsted 2015

Assessment

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.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

Fees and key information

Course type Postgraduate
UCAS code F3X1
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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • minimum of a 2.2 UK degree or master’s (MSc) in Physics or related subjects including geology, metallurgy, chemical engineering and forensic science
  • a pass in professional skills tests for literacy and numeracy
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check) which you will be advised to apply for after an offer is made
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers)

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Overseas Degree Table.

We highly recommend the one-to-one tailored advice on eligibility and equivalency offered by the Department for Education Get Into Teaching service.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Professional requirements

Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:

  • you must take and pass the Professional skills tests as required by the Department for Education - 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 recommends:

  • you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience in a school
  • you are prepared for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
  • you're aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application

Some offers may recommend 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. EU nationals may be considered for admission, as well as overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    To support the trainee to:
    • Develop a deep understanding of the curriculum they will be required to teach on school experience, and an ability to interpret this to plan engaging lessons which promote pupil progression.
    • Develop their own subject knowledge to ensure they are confident to teach on school experience, through a combination of personal evaluation, target setting, personal study and engagement with university teaching and learning sessions.
    • Develop a critical appreciation of the relevant traditions in pedagogy, assessment and children’s rights related to the areas they will be required to teach, and to use this knowledge to make decisions about planning, teaching and assessment which promote pupil progression.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • autumn semester

    To support the trainee to:
    • Critically engage with the debate about teacher professionalism in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
    • Understand how teachers can use / undertake research to critically engage with complex educational issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    To support the trainee to:
    • Make progress towards meeting the minimum requirements of the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teachers Standards for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
    • To become a critically reflective practitioner inside and outside the classroom.
    • To acquire the necessary skills, experience and understanding required to plan, deliver and evaluate the appropriate areas of the curriculum (for their route) by the end of the module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    To support the trainee to:
    Achieve the professional Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teachers Standards for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
    • To become a critically reflective practitioner inside and outside the classroom.
    • To acquire the necessary skills, experience and understanding required to plan, deliver and evaluate the appropriate areas of the national curriculum (for their route) by the end of the module.

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

What our students say

"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

After the course

Upon 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 physics specialism at Key Stage 4. London Metropolitan University's trainees 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.

Funding

Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

All PGCE 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 one of our lead schools using the following provider codes in the search fields:

  • for London Metropolitan University, enter: L68
  • for Aylward Academy, enter: 1YO
  • for Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School, enter: 21B
  • for Princess May Primary School, enter: 234

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 Teaching Regulation Agency and are offered on a first come, first served 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.

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