The Secondary PGCE (QTS) programme with QTS is comprised of three modules.
- Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
- Subject Studies (Physics)
- School Experience
Studying at Goldsmiths will challenge you to draw on your developing subject knowledge, explore how to engage pupils to learn physics and promote the teacher as a reflective practitioner. Drawing on research informed pedagogy, we consider what teachers can do to engage pupils in learning physics.
You will learn in collaboration with practitioners to enable you to form your own opinions about physics education through experience and reflective thinking. We anticipate that you will develop qualities that will facilitate becoming not only an effective classroom teacher but a practitioner that will participate in debate to shape and influence the development of physics education in the future.
In Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE) sessions you will be asked to consider issues relating to education, engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you’ll choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply. The SPIRE module will be assessed in year 2 of the programme.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school. They are divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In addition to school placements, you will spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University. In this time you will have a mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area. This module will be assessed across years 1 and 2.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which is designed to prepare you fully for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher.
The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to the award of QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level, you will graduate with 60 master’s level credits which are equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
PGCE Part-time Physics