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Year of Entry 2019/20
PGCE

Secondary Science (Physics) with Qualified Teacher Status

Prepare for a rewarding career in secondary physics on this PGCE — training in a priority subject with superb job prospects and bursaries available.


This course is now only accepting applications through the School Direct scheme.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 for the course
International: £13,500 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
What is the UCAS code? F3X1
When do I start? August 2019

Course summary

  • Gain hands-on experience with 120 days of school-based training.
  • Benefit from a supportive, collaborative environment that produces exceptional teachers.
  • Attain a masters-level PGCE or a PCE alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Prepare for work on a course with a 90% employment record and bursaries available.

This course ensures that you're fully prepared for a career in teaching secondary physics. We help you to grow academically and professionally, gaining advanced qualifications alongside practical training. You'll graduate as an experienced and employable physics teacher, ready to inspire and impart your enthusiasm.

You can enhance your learning with our Physics SKE course.

How you learn

This course provides an advanced academic qualification alongside the real-world experience that is so vital for teaching. Along with honing your physics skills, you'll learn crucial techniques in behaviour management and student support. There are 120 days of school-based training that allow you to become used to the realities of teaching before graduation. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.

You learn through

  • 120 days of school-based training across at least two settings
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • observation
  • collaborative planning
  • one-to-one sessions
  • group work
  • practical work
  • independent study
  • written assessments

Course leaders and tutors

Pat Moore
Pat Moore
Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education

As course leader for the PGCE Science course Pat manages the recruitment to the courses and delivery of university sessions on the PGCEs for Biology, Chemistry and P … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

This course ensures that you'll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching. You'll spend 120 days across two or more sites, with school-based mentors and campus-based tutors monitoring your progress and providing support. Upon graduating, many of our students go into full-time employment at their placement school.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 physics
  • academic careers as researcher via Masters level study and PhD
  • local authority/voluntary sector work or research
  • non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service

Many of our students go on into full-time positions at their placement school. The course is vocational in nature, and our graduate employment rate is usually well in excess of 90%.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • purpose-built labs, which replicate the teaching areas typically found in schools.

Entry requirements

All students

Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.

You must also

• hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of physics

• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in science-related or other educational activities.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change. We also encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

* GCSE science equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• OCR National Level 2 Science

• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice Credits: 30
Module: Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy In Secondary Science (Physics) Credits: 30
Module: School Based Training 1 Credits: -
Module: School Based Training 2 Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £9,250 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.

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Scholarships and bursaries

If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

There are two routes to achieve a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status, either through the University's provider-led route, or School Direct route.

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