University of Wolverhampton

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course modules

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 details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Wolverhampton WV1 1SB West Midlands

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Key information

Course Enquiry Unit
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0800 953 3222