University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (Physics with Mathematics)

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; the course appeals to students with an engineering or physics background who may be currently deterred by the prospect of teaching biology or chemistry; the PGDipEd equips the student with the skills, knowledge and understanding to become a teacher of physics and mathematics, 2 subjects which are currently in demand; during the training year, students focus on learning to teach physics to 11-18 year olds but students also have the opportunity to learn about mathematics teaching; Key Stage 3 science is sometimes taught by 1 teacher so students may also wish to gain some experience of teaching biology and chemistry; this course enables students to gain skills in both classroom and laboratory environments using a range of teaching styles and techniques; classroom management, lesson planning and assessing the success of lessons are some of the areas which are covered; students also find out what children find hard about certain topics, how to vary the teaching approach to minimise these difficulties, and how to develop a range of teaching strategies, deploying many different technologies.

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 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

Key information

Telephone number: 
0121 414 5488