If you are a graduate Engineer or Physicist who would prefer to teach Physics with Mathematics, our new Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematics course offers you this opportunity. This course will appeal to with an engineering or physics background who may be currently deterred by the prospect of teaching biology or chemistry. Our PGDipEd will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to become an outstanding teacher of physics and mathematics, two subjects which are currently in demand. This course attracts bursaries of up to £30,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priorities to increase the number of Physics teachers.
A degree or equivalent qualification is required. Your honours degree should have significant physics content, at least 50%. Degree subjects which allow direct access to the course include Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. If you are unsure about whether your degree contains sufficient Physics content you should contact John Kirkman, Admissions Tutor for the course, who will be able to advise you whether you need to consider a subject knowledge enhancement course before starting at Birmingham. You will also need to demonstrate a breadth of commitment to mathematics, to enable competence across the mathematics curriculum for 11-14 year old children.
All candidates also have to:
have a GCSE in English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy;
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 School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as ´outstanding´ for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.
The Initial Teacher Education course
During your training year, you will focus on learning to teach Physics to 11-18 year olds but you will also have the opportunity to learn about Mathematics teaching. Key Stage 3 Science is sometimes taught by one teacher so you may also wish to gain some experience of teaching biology and chemistry.
This Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course is 36 weeks long of which 24 weeks are spent on placement in partnership schools for both subjects. There are five phases: Preparation (university and some school-based activities); School Placement 1 (seven week placement in school); Development (university and one week in your second school); School Placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); Completion (two further weeks in second school and two weeks in university).
This Physics with Mathematics course will enable you to gain skills in both classroom and laboratory environments using a range of teaching styles and techniques. Classroom management, lesson planning and assessing the success of your lessons are some of the areas which will be covered. You will also find out what children find hard about certain topics, how to vary your approach to minimise these difficulties, and so develop a range of teaching strategies, deploying many different technologies.
Our tutors are very experienced and have all taught in secondary schools and are engaged in research which improves children’s learning experiences.
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