Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Secondary Science (Physics)

This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course equips the student to teach National Curriculum science at key stage 3 and 4 and prepares the student to teach physics at a higher level at key stage 4 and at post-16; the course is made up of university-based sessions and school placements; students complete 2 teaching placements in 11�16 or 11�18 schools or post-16 colleges; this allows the student to experience the progression from key stage 3 to 5; the PGCE also gives the student 60 Master's level credits, which can be used towards a Master's degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants require GCSE mathematics, science and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs. Applicants must hold an Honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of physics. Applicants are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in science-related or other educational activities. We consider each application on its merits. Interviews are part of the selection process for this course. Applicants must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms and also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. If English is not your 1st language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

Course modules

Developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary physics; learning and teaching in context in science; block placement 1; block placement 2. We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least 2 continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in 2 different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.

Assessment methods

Academic assignments including practice-based essays, individual and group work, presentations and reports, preparing teaching materials and plans, teaching practice.

Sponsorship information

TDA funding and support is only available for successful applicants who possess a 2.2 degree or above (or equivalent).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sheffield S1 1WB Yorkshire and the Humber

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