Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Secondary Education (Science with Physics)

There is a national shortage of science teachers, and physics teachers in particular, but the university is helping to produce teachers of excellence who can inspire young people in the classroom; science is an important subject and the science with physics course enables graduates to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach successfully, as well as explore the knowledge, skills and understanding young people need as part of their science education; as well as taking advantage of the facilities at the faculty, which includes information communication technology (ICT) provision, trainees have access to school-based facilities, enabling them to train in the environment in which they are working.

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.2 but 2.1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent a significant physics or physics-related content; GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to entry; for entry onto a teaching course from September 2014 students also need to pass the Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy; students must also meet the Teaching Agency requirements for Initial Teacher Training e.g. be medically fit and successfully complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Course modules

Modules include: the individual learner; rationale for subject teaching; assessment at Key Stage 3; subject pedagogy; research.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments; trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the Teaching Agency for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); evidence for the QTS Standards profile is verified by mentors.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

Key information

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