University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (Physics)

Like the PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers 120 credits at Master�s level; thus following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies; activity is central to learning how to teach physics and science as students need to learn how to act for themselves; this activity includes a good deal of exemplification of teaching, personal practice and collaborative hard thinking; through this students become better at planning lessons, assessing the success of their lessons and managing children within those lessons; students also find out what children find hard about certain topics, how to vary their approach to minimise these difficulties, and so develop a range of teaching strategies, deploying many different technologies; as an essential part of this students find themselves coming to grips with the national requirements and strategies, as well as engaging in the pleasure of doing some physics.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 50 per cent is physics relevant to the National Curriculum; if this requirement is not met, it may be possible to complete a science enhancement course before starting the course; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; students must also provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases: preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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