Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school mathematics and physics curriculum for the 11-16 age range.
You’ll have sessions across both science and mathematics PGCE courses where you will 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 Institute of Physics, and experts in education. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS).
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach physics and mathematics at Key Stage 3, GCSE and potentially A/AS-level.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in at least two contrasting school placements as well as the opportunity for additional experience that will prepare you to excel in the classroom.
You can choose University-led or School-led routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Following successful completion of this course, you will achieve 60 masters level credits (one third of a masters degree) and these can contribute to future studies.