A great teacher can play a pivotal role in a child’s life. You’ll spend your days stimulating young minds and watching your pupils grow in confidence, so they can achieve their full potential. It’s a challenging career, but also one that’s incredibly rewarding.
Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least120 days (minimum 24 weeks) on school placementand 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.
Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice, helping you understand how pupils best learn physics, so that you can support and guide them – and optimise your teaching. It will also allow you to develop your own strategies to make teaching physics and mathematics an engaging and positive experience
Degree Subject Physics or a closely related subject.
Degree Classification 2:2 or above preferred.
You will follow a curriculum programme which has two components:
Work in science teams
Work in specialist subject groups
In your science team you will learn about aspects of science education that are relevant to biologists, chemists and physicists. You will take part in seminars in a small group, with an emphasis on collaboration and discussion.
You will learn about best practice in science education, including: lesson planning and evaluation, how pupils learn, and assessment. You will also develop your skills in practical work, including laboratory safety, how to manage practical work in the classroom, and how to give a good demonstration. You will be introduced to ways in which information technology can be used to enhance your teaching.
Physics with Mathematics specialism
You will learn about key concepts and materials used to teach physics in the 14-19 age range. You will discover a range of teaching and learning strategies in which conceptually challenging ideas are approached in an innovative way to help engage and inspire pupils. Practical work and the use of ICT are given a high priority. Examples of topics include Particle Physics, Atoms and Nuclei, Waves and Space Physics.
You will also learn about maths teaching by attending some curriculum sessions with the Mathematics PGCE group.
Your timetable in school will be approximately two-thirds physics teaching and one-third maths teaching. You may also have the opportunity to teach the other sciences, but this is not an expectation.
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