University of Wolverhampton
Secondary Education (Science: Physics)
If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular the physical sciences associated with forces, energy, electrical effects and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our science (physics) course will suit you; our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops; we offer routes allowing a main specialism from biology, chemistry, physics or science (which includes Earth and environmental science) for key stage 4 teaching each requiring applicants to demonstrate particular capability in that area with relevant post-16 qualifications; however all science teachers need to show a willingness to contribute significantly to subject teaching outside this specialism; you will not necessarily be expected to enter the course with an expert knowledge of all areas, therefore top-up courses are available through the university during the course; the PGCE in science (physics) is offered only on a full-time basis.
A degree in a strand of science or applied science, with 60 percent of the content in a relevant National Curriculum science area (from life processes and living things; materials and their properties; physical processes); ability to demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in your own scientific subject knowledge across the sciences; recent experience of shadowing teachers in a science department in a secondary school; GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed; if you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
Over the 1 year course, you undertake 2 periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between 2 different schools; your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers; all course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development; teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets; you will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, school-based project and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills; the majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other science routes, with a small number dedicated specifically to physics; all University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus; typical modules may include; observation of teaching, before undertaking �sheltered� teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class; progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons; further development through planned classroom activities; development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons; research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject; PGCE: programme structure; starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify; the course comprises of 2 school placements and 2 periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February; 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools; you will have 1 school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms; during the 2nd attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focused on your chosen specialist area; we try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our 1st concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences; additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools; support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 11,050 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees)||1 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|City Campus||Wolverhampton||WV1 1SB||West Midlands|
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