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PGCE Secondary Education Science with Physics

Middlesex University
In London

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Typology Postgraduate
Location London
Duration 1 Year
Start September 2018
  • Postgraduate
  • London
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Start:
    September 2018

"Einstein did all of his best work when he was young – and I know there are plenty of talented young people out there who could give him a run for his money!" Professor Brian Cox. There are plenty of talented young scientists in the UK, but a shortage of good physics teachers is holding back their development. By sharing your passion for physics with students in secondary education, you might just inspire an Einstein of the future.

Why study PGCE Secondary Education Science with Physics at Middlesex University?

A one year full time course, PGCE Secondary Science with Physics enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status. Teaching science at Key Stages 3 requires competence across the entire range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science.

Where and when
Starts Location
The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, England
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Starts Sep-2018
The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

Therefore our PGCE Secondary Science with Physics course begins with a stimulating mix of biology, chemistry and physics education. We then focus fully on physics, allowing you to specialise in the teaching of this diverse and engaging subject at Key Stage 4.

We have a range of specialist science and teaching facilities on campus, providing you with a solid foundation on which to develop your skills and experience. During your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools and have the chance to acquire skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. Schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.

· Requirements

Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us. Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date.


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What you'll learn on the course

IT Development
GCSE Physics
Transferable skills
Education Science

Course programme

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to teach your chosen subject. You will be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning in the selected subject, through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will learn to understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective curriculum and as transferable skills. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach your subject effectively.

At the start of the course you will be shown how to audit your subject knowledge across the curriculum at KS3 and in Physics at KS4 and beyond. You will develop an action plan to address gaps in subject knowledge and use a spreadsheet to record the development of knowledge during the course. You will need to provide evidence by the end of the course that you have developed the appropriate subject knowledge and pedagogy to meet the teaching standards.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Physics course will comprise a range of presentations, discussions and practical workshops where exemplar material can be selected from physics contexts. You will have many opportunities both individually and in groups to apply general principles to specific science learning opportunities in science and in physics. There will also be break out sessions where you will be working both in mixed groups and with other physics specialists. Outside specialists are also invited to deliver sessions that cover topics in teaching physics at KS4. The physics specialism will also be reflected in the required reading for the course.

School based training will reflect the pattern of centre based training. Your timetable will be a balance of Key Stages 3 and 4 with teaching across the science curriculum at KS3 but with a focus on physics at KS4. You will be matched with physics mentors and/or co mentors for KS4 teaching. Auditing and assessment of physics subject knowledge related to teaching standards will then be reflected in school reporting procedures.

The first School Experience is 13 weeks. The second School Experience is an extended, individual school experience where you build upon your experience in School Experience 1. You build up to a 60% teaching load across the placement, which is 17 weeks in total, across a six month period.

The major curriculum assignment will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you have read widely and developed a good understanding of best practice in teaching physics at KS4 and in assessing the progress of learners. This will be done through developing original teaching resources and creative ideas in order to revise an existing scheme of learning in the placement school. You will be required to analyse the planning of a sequence of lessons, showing how they drew on reading and study to develop effective teaching and assessment in physics and how the school context affected their decisions.

You will find this an intensive five days a week course, during which you will also have directed work to carry out during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods.

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