King’s College London (University of London) 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk

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About the course

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely.

74% graduates of 2021 who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying.

In our 2021 student survey, 100% of Science trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good.

The special features of the PGCE science programmes at King’s are:

  • Separate groups for each of the four science specialisms: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physics with Mathematics. These focus on how to teach your specialist subject to the age range 11-18.
  • Sessions designed to help you teach science topics which are outside your science subject specialism. These are designed to help you contribute to science programmes at Key Stage 3 and 4.
  • ‘Science Pedagogy’ sessions where you work in mixed groups of science students on topics like scientific enquiry, formative assessment, use of discussion in science lessons and cognitive acceleration through science education. These classes are often taught by people who are at the forefront of research about innovative teaching strategies. The Science Education research group at King’s is the largest in the UK and has a strong national and international reputation. This allows us to feed new ideas into the PGCE programme and creates a dynamic and forward-looking course.
  • The course is set in the context of a friendly department with a strong commitment to our students.

School placements

You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.

We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including the full secondary age (11-18) and ability range.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with:

  • commitment to teaching;
  • good communication skills (oral and written);
  • good interpersonal skills;
  • good knowledge of science in the specialist science chosen and potential to teach this up to A level;
    • a good knowledge of science in most of the areas of the National Curriculum for Science and potential to develop competence to contribute to a science programme up to age 16 (Key Stage 4);
  • an ability to explain science clearly;
  • potential to manage young people effectively;
  • awareness of current educational issues;
  • commitment to equal opportunities.

Other requirements

The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,320

About the training provider

Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.

Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded ‘Outstanding’.

Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.

Student satisfaction: In our 2021 student survey, Over 90% of PGCE trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good.

Employment prospects: 74% graduates of 2021 who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.

Interview process

The selection process will involve an interview, a group task and a short piece of writing.

In interview and group task we will be looking for:

  • evidence that you have a commitment to working with young people;
  • ability to explain clearly and to think on your feet;
  • evidence of good interpersonal skills;
  • knowledge of school level science in each of biology, chemistry and physics;
  • familiarity with the realities of teaching science in secondary schools;
  • awareness of current educational issues;
  • commitment to equal opportunities;
  • ability to work well in a group dynamic.

In your writing we will be looking for:

  • ability to express yourself clearly;
  • accurate grammar and spelling

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King’s provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact this training provider

Email
service-response@kcl.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7848 7000
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk
Address
King's Admissions Office
James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8WA

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