University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Secondary Education (Physics with Mathematics)

The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); students spend 24 out of 36 weeks in school placements; physics and mathematics are a natural subject combination and this course is designed to appeal to those who have a background in physics or engineering but who might have been deterred from the prospect of teaching science in the past by the expectation that significant amounts of biology and chemistry would be involved; although an understanding of other science disciplines is expected, this course equips students to teach both physics and mathematics in secondary schools and this is reflected in the nature of the students school-based training.

Entry requirements

Degree (2.1 or above preferred) with at least 50 per cent of content in subject specialism; GCSE English and mathematics grade C or above, or equivalent; interview.

Course modules

Teacher development course: reflective practice; career development; professional values; options: using your voice effectively; understanding autism; teaching sport; classroom management; preparing for an interview; 2 secondary teaching placements: for students specialising in physics with mathematics, placements consist of 75 to 85 per cent physics teaching and 15 to 25 per cent mathematics teaching; the science curriculum; lesson planning; behaviour for learning; assessment; literacy and numeracy in science; differentiation and inclusion; earth science; information communication technology (ICT) in science, including data logging; controversial issues; nature of science; science outside the classroom; safety issues and risk assessment; classroom practice related to learning theories; demonstrations and practicals.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 36 weeks
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 36 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

Key information

Admissions Office
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0116 252 5280