Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Physics

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training. We are committed to providing high quality university and school-led training. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges in the region and offer a wide range of secondary subject disciplines.

Our PGCE Science has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality science teachers. Specialisms are available in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (applicants must state their choice), we also offer Physics with Mathematics. Science teaching is a stated government priority nationally and therefore attractive bursaries are available to support your training (subject to confirmation of PGCE place).

Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for national priority subjects, including Physics. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

This course is available via University and School Direct routes. We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

Successful candidates for this course will normally hold at least a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in the required subject or cognate area (or international equivalent) of which 50% of the degree must be in the subject you are applying for. For exceptional candidates – particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations – we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

Candidates will normally be expected to engage in at least two weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school.

You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Course modules

Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase

This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.

Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Professional Practice

This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements. 

Subject Pedagogy (Science)

This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your understanding of the key principles of teaching science up to GCSE level, as well as developing the confidence to teach your specialism at Advanced level. You will be able to apply a range of skills for planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner as well as manage practical work to promote better understanding. Specific content includes:

  • Peer-group teaching to share subject expertise and develop subject knowledge.
  • Basic skills in planning and delivery
  • Managing the Laboratory environment
  • How to reflect critically and set targets
  • Practical Science Sessions and Assessment
  • Introductions to the National Curriculum and Working Scientifically 

By the end of the course you will be able to design learning episodes over a range of academic levels, including practical activities. Throughout the unit you will have the support of both your tutor, and our highly qualified and experienced technical staff.

This unit is linked to others which run concurrently and enables you to teach in a range of complementary classroom contexts. It is designed to extend your interest, knowledge and confidence in science as a core subject within the school curriculum and to extend your analytical and critical attitudes towards how learning can be most effective. You will develop an understanding of pupils’ responses to teaching strategies thereby helping you to plan for a gradualist approach while broadening your experience in the classroom.  

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

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