Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Physics with Mathematics

This course aims to develop inspirational teachers who can enthuse learners in Physics and Mathematics by setting the subject content in real world contexts and emphasising the relevance of the subject to everyday lives. You will prepare to teach Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Physics. In addition, complementary sessions are aimed at consolidating your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Biology and Chemistry which you will teach as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum. You will also attend sessions preparing you to teach Key Stage 3 Mathematics. Whilst in school you may teach up to 25% of your trainee timetable in Mathematics classes.

During your training you will focus on a variety of approaches and pedagogies used in Physics and Mathematics education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore signature pedagogies of Science such as practical and investigative work, modelling, and problem solving. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Physics and Mathematics in the curriculum and identify your own personal philosophy of education in these subjects. 

Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world, and should excite in learners a curiosity about natural phenomena. The ability to apply logical thinking and use rational explanation are key transferable skills that learners develop through their Mathematics and Science lessons. The subject pedagogy sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn and develop key skills and ways of thinking about the world through an application of signature pedagogies.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary school students and are "hands on" with a strong emphasis on practical and investigative teaching. In Science sessions we focus on the "Big Ideas of Science Education" as identified by the Association for Science Education, which highlights 10 principles that should underpin the Science education of all students.  As well as broadening your own Science knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your Science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to students.

Entry requirements

You should usually have a minimum third class honours degree in a Physics-related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. Previous applicants include those with a good “A” level in Physics or Mathematics who have studied engineering, surveying or another science-related discipline.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Physics with Mathematics because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Physics with Mathematics (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Physics with Mathematics, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, then a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. 

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, you will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home/EU) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus
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0151 231 5090