"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.
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.
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.
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.
Students spend at least 120 days in schools, this includes two block School Experiences, where they teach for approximately 60% of the timetable. The rest of the programme (60 days) is university based, where students attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
Subject studies are assessed by a portfolio of coursework and a school-based special study (a teaching resource). Progressive developments of teaching skills are recorded using criteria referenced assessment proforma. Professional studies are assessed by a range of written tasks. Observation of the students, teaching and evaluative discussions with course tutors and school based mentors and teachers.
We also recommend you complete at least two weeks in a Secondary school setting in the UK or Republic of Ireland prior to applying.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and complete a placement form. Further details will be sent to you once you receive an offer.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. We also accept equivalency tests such as A Star or Equivalency Testing.
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. further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.
You need to apply via the UCAS website. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is F3XX.
Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements. Your offer will also be conditional subject to passing the Department for Education professional skills tests by a nominated date, in the event that you have not already passed the skills tests at the time of the interview.
We are proud to have strong and committed partnerships with hundreds of schools located in London and the surrounding area. This means that during your studies you will take part in work placements at a variety of schools, where you will have an opportunity to apply the skills you have learnt. Many students go on to commence their careers at the school where they completed a placement during the course, with more than 95% of students finding employment soon after graduation.
Recent research into teachers' daily experiences by the Department for Education has found that teaching is better at giving you a 'natural high' than many other professions. The starting salary of an newly qualified teacher is at least £21,804 a year (£27,270 if working in inner London) and, on average, teachers' salaries increase by 30% after the first four years of their career.
Teachers can find career progression in both the classroom and the school's management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher (earning a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303).
For more information on salary and career progression, visit the Department for Education's website.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
£9,000 per year full-time.
UK/EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan which covers your fees and is only repayable after your graduate. In addition, UK students may be eligible for additional grants and loans.
Generous Department for Education bursaries of up to £30,000 are available for eligible UK/EU students. Please visit their website for further details.
The Institute of Physics also awards scholarships of £20,000 to eligible applicants. Visit their website for further details.