The Physics with Mathematics PGCE prepares students to develop the professional knowledge and skills they need to teach all aspects of the science curriculum and the mathematics curriculum to pupils in the 11-16 range. Students are also supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of teaching Physics at A-Level. We are committed to creative and interactive approaches to teaching science to promote engagement and learning.
Students will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to physics and mathematics education, and will be guided and supported in developing their subject knowledge. We expect students to engage with reading and research into science and mathematics education and to regularly reflect upon their progress, towards meeting the teaching standards across the 11-16 age range.
Students on the Physics with Mathematics 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 programme offers unique opportunities to plan and teach outside the classroom (e.g. at museums and Kew Gardens). This develops student teachers’ understanding of how learning happens beyond the classroom environment.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules and the Professional Practice module.
The Physics with Mathematics PGCE is delivered via keynote lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days 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 (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, you may teach:
Key Stage 3: science (including elements of physics, chemistry, and biology) and mathematics
Key Stage 4: science (all areas) or physics (depending on school placement)
Key Stage 5: A level physics (If available at placement school)
The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.