The Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE), is a conversion course for those who wish to teach Science and Physics and have a degree in a science related discipline. It is suitable for applicants who do not meet the subject entrance requirements for our Science: Physics or Physics with Mathematics PgDipEd programmes. There is currently a high demand for teachers of science who have expertise in physics and it is likely to be attractive to a wide range of people.
The Physics SKE course is 16-weeks long and is full time. There is also a 8 week entry point. The course will help develop a deep understanding of physics at A-level and beyond. It will also include integrated practical elements and an emphasis on physics pedagogy.
All applicants for the SKE course must hold a degree or equivalent qualification in a science related subject (preferably with some physics content) and you will need to have an A-level (or equivalent) in physics or mathematics.
All candidates also have to:
have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively they might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start an SKE course with the intention to progress to a PGDipEd (QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy prior to starting the course
provide a satisfactory medical form
complete an enhanced DBS/police check
complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
The Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course at Birmingham is is based on the highly rated mathematics subject knowledge enhancement course. The course will help you to develop a deep understanding of physics at A level and beyond. It will include integrated practical elements and an emphasis on physics pedagogy. It will also include a placement in a school or college. The course works on two levels: the development of personal physics knowledge, and also thinking about teaching and learning issues whilst being a learner of physics. The course aims to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of physics. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach physics and make informed decisions about how you work with students.
At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Masters level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.
Many schools have a high regard for Birmingham PgDipEd (QTS) students with Physics as a specialism and we have an excellent record of students gaining jobs at the end of the course. Extensive career support is available to and the majority of students obtain employment before they have completed their course. Many of our alumni gain positions of responsibility in their early career.
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