Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the physics curriculum to A/AS level, Mathematics to at least Key Stage 3 and offers experience of GCSE general science.
You’ll have sessions across both Mathematics and Science PGCE courses. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your preparation, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
In mathematics classes, you’ll be introduced to strategies to help you teach topics such as numbers, geometry and algebra. For science, students usually study in mixed groups, sharing physics expertise and learning from others specialising in biology and chemistry.
You’ll explore various teaching methods in our laboratories, including experiments to inspire pupils across all key stages.
Our laboratories mirror school science classrooms and you might carry out practical experiments such as measuring the speed of electromagnetic waves using cheese or investigating the weather using data from satellites.
We also offer guest lectures from alumni, specialists from subject associations like the IOP, and experts in education. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS).
You won’t only learn teaching methods with us on campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.
When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can work at any level in schools and colleges.