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Durham University Physics (F3X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.dur.ac.uk/education/itt/

Contents

About the course

We believe strongly that to be able to teach successfully you must acquire a good understanding of the ‘big ideas’ of science as well as learning about how to teach Physics.

Your university-based time is therefore divided into two main parts: Core Science in all disciplines addresses your own understanding of the key concepts underpinning science. Many students approach this theme with excellent qualifications but have never had an opportunity to explore their understanding of these concepts. Our students have said that this part of the course is “thought provoking”, “enlightening” and “challenging”. You are expected to follow up this work with tutor and peer group support, using the extensive library facilities.

Science Education Issues looks at pedagogical issues relevant to how Physics is actually taught. Some of the teaching for Science Education will take place in a school setting.

The course is organised as three modules:

  • Professional Issues in school based education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
  • Self-directed Study

We use various teaching and learning styles to enable you to explore issues such as:

  • motivating pupils in science
  • questioning strategies
  • planning lessons to maximise pupils’ active involvement
  • planning to allow pupils’ understanding to progress
  • the value of different types of practical work
  • the use of IT to enhance scientific understanding

The science team has an international reputation for its work on teaching pupils the understanding necessary for investigative science. This is often referred to as ‘the thinking behind the doing’. The importance we place in this aspect of science is reflected in the course.

You will be based in two of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a live teaching context.

The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.

School placements

You will be required to meet the minimum of 120 days in School. Our programme is designed to accomplish this in a phased manner to guide and support your development.

There are three integrated components: the concurrent course, the preliminary teaching practice and the main teaching practice. The concurrent course, undertaken in the two teaching practice schools, consists of three days of school-based work and two days of university-based work. These two elements fully complement each other and the work undertaken as part of the university-based course is applied during the school visits and teaching practices.

The block placements will be in different schools to give you the widest range of teaching experience and working across different teaching key stages.

Our partnership spreads across County Durham and beyond, so we work closely with schools and applicants to find the most appropriate placements. You may be expected to travel for up to an hour to reach a placement school.

You will have an opportunity in advance of the programme start date to adviseus of your living arrangements & transport options to assist us in finding the most appropriate placements

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • The equivalent of a UK lower second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of Physics or a similar subject.
  • A levels or equivalent in at least two science subjects should your degree have less than 50% relevant Physics subject knowledge and wish to apply for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE)
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application.

Personal qualities

  • A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
  • Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision

Other requirements

Successful candidates will require:

  • Enhanced DBS check carried out by Durham Unviersity
  • Be declared Fit to teach

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,250

About the training provider

We are very proud to be one of the leading departments for education in the UK, as we regularly feature in the top five in national university league tables such as 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2020 as well as 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and 9th in the Complete University Guide 2020. We also rate highly in the world rankings, 74th in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

As a Department, we also lead the way in high quality research, 5th in the field of education nationally and joint 1st in the UK for world-leading research impact. Together with our OFSTED outstanding rated Initial Teacher Education provision we are a major contributor in the field of education.

You can be assured of high quality teaching as we have been awarded the highest possible accolade, Gold, in the Teaching Excellent and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Interview process

The interview will usually be conducted by two members of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team; one will be an academic member of staff from within the School of Education whilst the other will be a colleague from a local school involved in the professional aspect of the course.

The interview will explore the interviewee’s experiences and provide them the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and desire to become a Physics teacher.

The interview session will comprise of three parts – a welcome presentation, a short written task as well as an individual interview (which includes a short 5 minute presentation). The time at which you must report for your interview session will be clearly indicated on your interview email and you will be allocated your individual interview time on arrival. Your written task should be handed in to reception once completed.

In the event of continuing Covid restrictions, the interview will be held via Zoom, in a similar format, you will receive an email with full details if you are allocated an interview slot.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Durham University has a Disability support team who offer advice and guidance to both prospective and current students within the University. We also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offer support to those who think they may have a disability.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/disability.support/

The School of Education has successfully supported students with learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments to obtain QTS and become teachers.

The School of Education is situated on the Hild Bede site where access can be limited in places for those with a physical disability. Please contact us for more information or check on the Access Go site which has up to date information :

https://www.accessable.co.uk/durham-university

Contact this training provider

Email
ed.ite@durham.ac.uk
Telephone
0191 334 1000
Website
https://www.dur.ac.uk/education/itt/
Address
School of Education
Leazes Road
Durham
County Durham
DH1 1TA

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Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021