University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Secondary Education (Science with Physics)

All science courses aim to prepare newly qualified science teachers who have a passionate commitment to the subject and are able to teach it confidently and creatively to 11-19 year olds. The Science with Physics course is designed to prepare student teachers to teach Balanced Science in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, and in their specialist subject at Key Stage 4 and post-16 courses. 

The University teaching team has extensive science teaching experience across the science curriculum. School teachers participate in recruitment, planning the course and, where appropriate, leading seminars. Early in the course student teachers are introduced to a range of schemes and strategies currently in use in secondary science teaching. Student teachers will prepare and demonstrate practical work of the kind undertaken by pupils and be encouraged to think about the implications for classroom management and organisation. A range of teaching approaches will be explored. Other important aspects of work, at this stage in the course, are lesson planning, laboratory safety and first aid issues for science teachers.

Each student teachers subject knowledge will be assessed diagnostically in order to arrange appropriate support through University taught sessions that are designed to enhance their subject knowledge together with their pedagogic content knowledge. This work is complemented by sessions to support student teacher's subject specialisms at KS3, 4 and post 16. Physics with Mathematics student teachers will work principally with fellow science student teachers, but will have sessions based with Mathematics PGDE students as well. In all University-based sessions student teachers are expected to be active participants.

Entry requirements

As this is an 11-19 course we are preparing students to teach up to A-level and we will normally take into account the balance of your degree content and your profile of GCSE and A-level (or equivalent) subjects and results to assess your suitability for the programme.

It is usual to have a first degree which had at least half of its content in your science specialist subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics). We do accept graduates of other science related disciplines, such as Engineering, Earth science, Materials Science, Clinical disciplines and Psychology and in such cases tutors can advise whether a subject knowledge enhancement course would be necessary prior to commencement of the course. Physics with Mathematics applicants would usually be expected to have a Physics, Mathematics or Engineering based degree, along with A levels in Physics and Mathematics. All PGDE science student teachers, irrespective of degree subject, have curriculum `gaps´ to fill during the course. Because of this, a capacity for disciplined self-study is a characteristic of student teachers who do well. Other key personal characteristics are curiosity, perseverance and organisation. If you are a graduate with these qualities in abundance you should thrive on the course!

It is desirable for applicants to have spent time in a secondary school in the United Kingdom either working, volunteering or as a visitor and to have spent some time with the Science department in particular.

Course modules

The University teaching team has extensive science teaching experience across the science curriculum. School teachers participate in recruitment, planning the course and, where appropriate, leading seminars. Early in the course student teachers are introduced to a range of schemes and strategies currently in use in secondary science teaching. Student teachers will prepare and demonstrate practical work of the kind undertaken by pupils and be encouraged to think about the implications for classroom management and organisation. A range of teaching approaches will be explored. Other important aspects of work, at this stage in the course, are lesson planning, laboratory safety and first aid issues for science teachers.

Each student´s subject knowledge will be assessed diagnostically in order to arrange appropriate support through University taught sessions that are designed to enhance their subject knowledge together with their pedagogic content knowledge. This work is complemented by sessions to support student teacher's subject specialisms at KS3, 4 and post 16. In all University-based sessions student teachers are expected to be active participants

After Christmas there will be an opportunity to revisit key issues. There is scope for University tutors and students to negotiate learning priorities in the light of students´ recent School Experience before they undertake their second school placement. Recent policy developments are addressed and there is scope for further subject enhancement in Earth science, astronomy and the teaching and learning of science outdoors.

In addition, PGDE Science coursework also prepares student teachers for cross-curricular themes and issues, including:

  • Equitable approaches in science education
  • Use of diagnostic teaching methods
  • Coursework is practically oriented and closely related to teaching and learning.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 16,800 per Academic year (International)
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home)

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Contact: 
Reception, School of Education
Telephone number: 
0114 222 8080/8081