Manchester Metropolitan University

Secondary Physics with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training. We are committed to providing high quality university and school-led training. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges in the region and offer a wide range of secondary subject disciplines.

Our PGCE Science has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality science teachers. Specialisms are available in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (applicants must state their choice), we also offer Physics with Mathematics. Science teaching is a stated government priority nationally and therefore attractive bursaries are available to support your training (subject to confirmation of PGCE place). 

Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for national priority subjects, including Physics. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

This course is available via University and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

Successful candidates for this course will normally hold at least a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in the required subject or cognate area (or international equivalent) of which 50% of the degree must be in the subject you are applying for. For exceptional candidates – particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations – we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

Candidates will normally be expected to engage in at least two weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school.

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. 

A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course

We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements.

Who is this for?

  • Graduates with non-physics degrees who fall short of the current entry criteria for subject knowledge at PGCE.
  • Career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack the subject knowledge in physics.
  • Those in the science industry who are thinking about teaching and who would like to be equated with school physics.

Course modules

During the first term you will learn how to plan lessons, how to organise and manage classrooms and laboratories, how to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere and how to evaluate your progress. You will also carry out an audit of your subject knowledge and use this to develop identified areas of your scientific understanding. Based in one of our placement schools, you will observe effective classroom practice first hand, engage in shared and individual teaching and complete a range of school-based training tasks that will begin to develop your understanding of your role as a science teacher.

In the second term, the focus of training will shift to the assessment of pupils' attainment and progress, the use of ICT in science teaching, teaching post-16 aspects of your specialism and looking at transition from primary to secondary schools.  You will transfer to a second placement school, where you will take on an enhanced teaching role which has a greater emphasis on your ability to ue your assessment according to pupils' needs.  At the end of this placement, you will be assessed against the classroom based aspects of the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In the third term you will follow a personalised agenda that has been agreed with your tutors and mentors.  This will allow you to address any remaining QTS standards and to further develop your subject knowledge, both within and beyond your science specialism, to Key Stage 4 and Post-16 level.  There will also be scope for individually negotiated project work within this term.

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments.  Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile.  Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

Fees

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

 

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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