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 placement,and 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 an engaging and positive experience.
Degree Subject Physics or a closely related subject.
Degree Classification 2:2 or above is preferred.
Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. A first degree or a higher degree in physics is recommended, however other subjects may be appropriate. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.
Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language and in Mathematics.
*Please note: It is up to the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.
STUDENTS FOR WHOM ENGLISH IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
The overall aim of the course is to support you in developing into an effective teaching professional, ready to teach physics to GCSE and A Level, alongside teaching general science in the 11-14 age range.
Physics is an exciting subject to teach. It is a core subject in schools in England because it provides the foundation for understanding the world around us. The course at UEA will include experiences designed to help you to develop a rich repertoire of teaching approaches, including the effective use of practical work and new technology.
To thrive on this course, you will be a graduate in physics or engineering, or a closely-related subject. You should be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient background in physics to teach the National Curriculum. There may be the opportunity to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in physics for strong candidates who need to top up their existing level of physics knowledge. You will be enthusiastic about sharing your love of physics with children and young people.
You should be aware of the current context of secondary science schooling. We would expect you to have spent some time observing in a secondary school science department.
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.
You will be supported in learning to teach outside your main science specialism, taking part in seminars designed to develop your knowledge for teaching a range of topics to students aged 11-14, such as Misconceptions in Biology, Particle Theory, Acids and Alkalis and Energy. For school placement, you may be paired with a partner who has a different main science specialism.
In your physics specialist group 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.
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