As a physics teacher, you will share your knowledge and enthusiasm with secondary school pupils and promote an interest in science. Begin your training at Greenwich. Greenwich’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to become a science teacher at secondary school level, specialising in physics. Colleagues will share research-led experience to support the teaching of physics in secondary schools You will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged 11-16 and beyond, working alongside experienced trainers from the Institute of Physics, who can provide ideas on engaging students in science. You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge, and theoretical understanding of science and whilst with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4. Our lectures delivered by experts in their field will help you widen your individual skills, expertise, and background knowledge in your subject specialism. We'll build on your natural flair, so you successfully engage with young students. “Subject tutors are credible and knowledgeable in their fields. Additionally, an extensive range of expert colleagues, many of whom trained at the university themselves, contribute to the delivery of the programme. Trainees are given ample opportunity to put their learning into practice through the ongoing school-based element of their course. This ensures that trainee teachers make a highly confident start to their careers in teaching.” (Ofsted, 2023). By the end of the course, you will be formally assessed against the Teachers’ Standards to gain Qualified Teacher Status* in addition to the PGCE qualification. *University of Greenwich sets and receives fees, delivers the programme, provides wellbeing support, and makes the academic award. University of Derby co-designs and accredits the curriculum, and recommends the QTS award. What you should know about this course
- Strong student support and good reputation.
- Decolonised curriculum that promotes equality diversity and inclusion.
- Strong partnership with schools and providing trainees who are employed by the schools with good employability.
- Well experienced tutors in various fields and links to external subject specific organisations.
- Research-informed pedagogy helping trainees to link theory to their practice.
All degree courses are made of modules – individual units of study on different topics. Some modules are compulsory; others can be chosen from a list of options. Our website has full details of your degree structures. Module content, and how each is module is assessed. The direct link to this course on our website, can be found at the bottom of this page.
Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also written and practical assignments with opportunities for Master's level credits in the postgraduate version.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
QUALIFICATIONS: • An undergraduate (honours) degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science all at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. APPLICATION AND SELECTION: • Suitable applicants will be required to attend an interview/selection day. • Applicants will also be required to: o Provide an academic or professional reference. o Complete a Suitability Declaration. o Pass an Occupational Health check. o Pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Fees and funding
Additional fee information
We understand that the transition to University for Undergraduate students can be daunting and confusing when it comes to finances. The University of Greenwich has a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and other financial support measures to support students that require it most. More information can be found on our website at www.greenwich.ac.uk/finance/funding-your-studies