University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Physics)

The Cambridge area teaching schools alliance (CATSA), which comprises Comberton Village College, Histon and Impington Junior School, Parkside Federation Academies, Saffron Walden County High School and Swavesey Village College, is working with the faculty of education, University of Cambridge; the teaching is firmly based in the laboratory and the development of practical and ICT skills are given a high priority; how pupils learn physics and develop an understanding of physics in its wider context both within and outside school are high priorities of the course; at least 1 of the professional placements takes place in CATSA schools and students receive targeted support from staff in these schools; trainees are required to be members of a Cambridge college; application to the programme must be made direct to the school rather than via the GTTR.

Entry requirements

Honours degree with a 1st or upper 2nd (2.1) classification; a 2.2 classification may be considered; at least 50 percent of degree modules must be in a relevant subject; 3 A levels at an average of grade B; GCSE passes (grade C or above) in English language and mathematics; 5-10 days work experience or observation in the year before application in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges, and subject; interview.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 17,880 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
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Faculty of Education
Telephone number: 
01223 767679