The Physics PGCE helps students to develop the professional skills and knowledge they need to teach all aspects of science to pupils up to age 16, and prepares physics student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range. We are committed to creative and interactive approaches to teaching science to promote student engagement and learning. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
Students will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, and will be guided and supported in developing their subject knowledge. We expect students to engage with reading and research into science education and to regularly reflect upon their own progress, towards meeting the teaching standards across the 11–16 age range. Students on the Physics PGCE work with a team of expert subject tutors who have all previously been classroom teachers and are actively involved with science education research, curriculum development and consultancy.
During teaching practice, student teachers benefit from the support of subject specialist mentors within our network of over 200 schools throughout Greater London and beyond, ensuring each has the opportunity to become a skilled and confident teacher. The Physics PGCE offers opportunities such as teaching sessions at museums and Kew Gardens, and residential trips, developing students’ understanding of learning science outside the classroom.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two subject-related Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
The Physics Secondary PGCE is delivered via keynote lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching observation, assignments and a portfolio.
Students will undertake at least two placements (up to 120 days) at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. During school placements students may teach:
Key Stage 3: science (including elements of physics, chemistry, biology)
Key Stage 4: science (all areas) or physics (depending on school placement)
Key Stage 5: AS/A2 level physics