Liverpool John Moores University
Physics: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
This course aims to develop inspirational teachers of science who can enthuse learners in Physics by setting the subject content in real world contexts and emphasising the relevance of the subject to everyday lives. You will prepare to teach Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Physics as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum, with complementary sessions aimed at consolidating your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Biology and Chemistry.
During your training you will focus on a variety of approaches and pedagogies used in science education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore the signature pedagogies of science such as practical and investigative work, modelling, and problem solving. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of science in the curriculum and identify your own personal philosophy of science.
Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world and should excite in learners a curiosity about natural phenomena. The ability to apply logical thinking and use rational explanation are key transferable skills that learners develop through their science lessons. The subject pedagogy sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn science and develop key skills and ways of thinking about the world through an application of the signature pedagogies of science.
The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary science students and are "hands on" with a strong emphasis on practical and investigative science teaching. We focus on the "Big Ideas of Science Education" as identified by the Association for Science Education, which identifies 10 principles that should underpin the science education of all students. As well as broadening your own science knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to students.
You will usually have a minimum third class honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Physics related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. Previous applicants include those with an “A” level in Physics who have studied engineering, surveying or a science-related subject.
Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Physics because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Physics (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Physics, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, then a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. For further details see Get into Teaching.
To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Physics-related discipline normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at third class Honours or above. Previous successful applicants include those with an 'A' level in Physics who have studied engineering, surveying or a science-related subject.
Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Physics because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Physics (and be eligible for the Bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Physics, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, then a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course in Physics could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. Further details can be obtained here.
Some offers may be conditional upon completing a subject knowledge enhancement course prior to commencing the PGDE, this will be discussed at interview.
Additional requirements for the programme include:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
- A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.
You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Get into Teaching.
If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.
You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.
The University-element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice (a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
- Subject Pedagogy in Physics (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
- Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
- Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
- Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.
You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.
A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.
If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.
To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.
Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
- a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
- a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PGDE||Full-time||£ 9,250 (Whole course)||Home/EU||1 Years|
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