University of Sussex Physics (F3X1)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part 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.

Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite

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About the course

The Sussex Schools Partnership Physics PGCE course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.
Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.

Teachers of Science have chosen a profession that is exciting, dynamic and rewarding. The PGCE Science course at Sussex recognises that effective Science teaching is about enabling pupils to learn, think and question. The central aim of the course is to develop committed, thoughtful and effective Science teachers who will encourage their pupils to think for themselves and enjoy their learning experience.

The course enables you to teach the broad, balanced science courses offered in schools up to GCSE, in addition to developing particular teaching expertise in your specialist subject, Physics. Teaching at the University is modelled on the most successful, creative and active methods of learning that trainees need to develop in schools.

Science courses at Sussex are among the most established within Initial Teacher Education in the UK, and have a well-deserved reputation for developing successful specialist teachers. The commitment of local Science teachers to our course has enhanced the quality over the years.

The Sussex course brings together education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching. Excellent teachers from our partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.

You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September in preparation for starting your school placement.

Full-time candidates spend Mondays to Thursdays training in one of our partnership schools and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. Part-time candidates also attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.

Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and will be required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.

Subject knowledge Enhancement Courses are available prior to the PGCE for those with related degrees and/or who need to develop specialist knowledge. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/ske

Further course information http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/science

School placements

Our Full-time Course You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Key Stage 3 (11-14) and Key Stage 4 (14-16) with enhancement opportunities at Key Stage 5 (16-18).

Placement 1: End of September to February halfterm. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays. This ensures a weekly focus on theory and pedagogy as well as practice.

Placement 2: February Halfterm to May halfterm in a contrasting school. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.

Our Part-time Course Year One: 2 days* a week in school and Fridays at the University Year Two 3 days* a week in a second contrasting school and occasional University days. Towards the end of your course you will undertake a full-time 5 week teaching block.

  • Days of the week individually negociated to suit both school and trainee.

Our longstanding and historic partnership with around 300 schools across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London Fringes helps us secure placements where our trainees will thrive and be well exceptionally supported. We invest a lot of time in carefully arranging the most appropriate school for each individual in our cohorts.
Your Sussex tutor will personally select your two school placements based on a combination of factors; the practicalities such as living location and transport needs but also on personality, subject knowledge level and previous experiences and using our in depth knowledge of the features of schools within our partnership.

We are also proud to offer an innovative optional training strand in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) which includes enhanced training opportunities and a bespoke Placement 2 in a local partnership special school. This strand would suit any trainee interested in working in a SEND environment.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • Degree: Undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in science or technology with content related to one of; Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics with at least 50 per cent directly relevant to your Physics specialism.

Supporting qualification in at least one other Science subject at A/A2 level or above

Related degrees are considered if a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is undertaken prior to the PGCE

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/ske

Membership of many professional science and engineering institutions is recognised as a degree equivalent.

  • GCSE:
    English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above (pre-2017), Grade 5 or above (post-2017), or equivalent qualifications.

Personal qualities

At Sussex we are looking for;

  • A passion for science and an interest in Physics beyond your degree

  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues in science education and an awareness of how the subject is taught in UK secondary schools.

  • Effective communication skills and good organisational skills

  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals

  • The ability to evaluate practice and to address your weaknesses

  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change

  • A sense of responsibility

  • The ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

We also require the following

  • Working with children: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide through its disclosure service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an initial teacher-training programme.

  • Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.

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 £15,250

About the training provider

The University of Sussex Schools Partnership offers high quality professional and academic teaching courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits and a progression route onto a Masters in Education.

With a history of innovation we pioneered a model of school-based teacher training 50 years ago, now adopted nationally. Schools are involved at every stage of the selection, training and assessment of our beginner teachers. This long standing relationship results in excellent support from experienced teachers mentoring trainees on placement and dedicated University tutors offering models of successful pedagogy. As a small friendly department we offer our trainees a personal approach and aftercare support and training as Newly Qualified Teachers

We train ‘thinking’ teachers with a over riding desire to make a difference to the lives of young people.
A research intensive university, we believe teachers benefit from critical engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and continuing professional development as well as excellent practical classroom skills.

Our University sits on a leafy campus at the edge of the South Downs National Park, accessible by road or rail from East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London. The historic seaside city of Brighton is minutes away, with its pebble beaches and vibrant social and cultural opportunities.

Course outcomes are consistently high; 100% achieving QTS on first attempt, 94% completing with Merit or Distinction,
98% securing a teaching post and 99% of ex-trainees rating the course ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a Sussex selection day which for the foreseeable future will be virtual during the current COVID 19 pandemic.

As part of the interview process Sussex candidates would usually expect to;

Before the selection day

  • Listen to a video talk giving further information about the Sussex course
  • Complete some paperwork including our ‘Suitability for Teaching Declaration’. Both the above will be sent to you by email in your invitation to interview

On the selection day

  • Have an individual online interview, usually via Zoom, with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partnership school
  • Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task or presentation to the panel. You will receive details of the task in your invitation to interview.
  • Show the interview panel a form of photo ID on camera for checking
  • Have an opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the course and your individual circumstances.

After the selection day

  • If we offer you a place on the course and you decide to accept we will need you to send us or bring in your original Undergraduate Degree, and GCSE Maths and English certificates

Showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so if logistically possible candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Sussex welcomes applications from all candidates who have the potential to make excellent teachers regardless of disability and additional needs.

We have previously successfully supported trainee teachers with dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, mental wealth conditions and a range of physical, hearing and visual impairments.

All trainee teachers are first screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme. Following this, if you have a disability or health condition, you will register with the University Student Support service and an assessment is arranged to establish your needs. The team will identify the additional support and adjustments recommended to help you be as successful as possible on the course.

Contact details

Email
iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk
Telephone
01273 873238
Website
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite
Address
Sussex School of Education
Essex House
Falmer, Brighton
Brighton and Hove
BN1 9QQ

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