Newman University

Newman University

Secondary Education (Science)

The course includes an enhancement in biology, chemistry or physics and leads to a professional qualification to enable graduates to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a science teacher with a subject specialism. During the course students develop subject knowledge across all 3 science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching science in the 11-16 age range. In addition learners follow a pathway based on their degree qualification and experience that enhances their understanding of the teaching of biology, chemistry or physics at Key Stage 4. You apply for 1 of 3 pathways on the course: biology; chemistry; physics. The course includes 60 credits at Master's level for attainment of the full PGCE.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.2 or above) of which science forms a part, or a recognised equivalent qualification. All applicants will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for capacity to teach and pass the national skills tests.

Course modules

An introduction to secondary school teaching; learning and teaching science in the secondary school; school experience 1; spiritual, moral, social and cultural education; whole school issues in the secondary school; developing the standards through partnership: school experience 2 (triple module); physics specialism; biology specialism; chemistry specialism; developing professional standards through focus weeks.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through coursework, and the evaluation and monitoring of professional classroom competencies in school.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newman University Birmingham B32 3NT West Midlands

Key information

Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
0121 476 1181