There are four strands to this course: subject study/subject education, education studies, school placements and professional development.
We keep our course content up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation so that on course completion your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice.
The subject study/subject education strand builds on your existing expertise in physics/mathematics and provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the secondary school context. You will consider the learning and teaching strategies that are relevant to this specialist subject; the subject split is 2/3 Physics and 1/3 Mathematics.
The subject education module is specifically related to teaching the specialist subject in school while the subject study module enables you to take your subject specialist studies to an increased depth. You can earn 20 masters-level credits through the assessment for the subject study module.
The education studies strand will give you a thorough understanding of the learning process itself, including an appreciation of individual differences. You will develop your practical competencies and analytical skills by studying the principles and practices of learning and teaching in both school and university settings. By the end of the course you will:
- refine your understanding of pedagogy, including an appreciation of current and emerging educational theories and debate
- learn how to use and adapt a range of teaching, learning, management and assessment strategies in order to meet the varying needs of learners
- understand how the progress and well-being of learners is affected by a range of influences and know how to take account of the principles of equality, inclusion and diversity.
Professional development is intrinsically linked to all key strands of the programme and is designed to enable you to evaluate critically and reflect on your learning in order to make improvements. You will be expected to gather and justify evidence of your achievements on a regular basis, developing and implementing improvement plans.
Students use an e-portfolio to record their achievements; you will review this throughout the course. You will make full use of an action plan to support your professional development during placements. This makes up a significant part of the improvement planning process.
By the end of the course you will have completed an e-portfolio, which you can use as evidence for meeting the Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.