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Secondary Education (QTS) - Science - Physics

University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Diploma
9 months
Duration
18450 GBP/full
9250 GBP/full
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About

The Secondary Education (QTS) - Science - Physics programme offered by the University of Birmingham is structured to develop a deep understanding of the pedagogy and didactics of Physics, grounded in practical competence in classrooms.

Overview

In the Secondary Education (QTS) - Science - Physics programme offered by the University of Birmingham you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. You will be expected to develop these insights, although in less depth, across all facets of the sciences.

We offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Birmingham, as we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible. Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Master’s level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.

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. 

There is currently high demand for teachers of Science who have expertise in Physics and there are substantial bursaries associated with training in the subject.

Careers

Extensive career support is available to and the majority of students obtain employement before they have completed their course. Many schools have a high regard for Birmingham Science: Physics PGDipEd (QTS) students and we have an excellent record of students gaining jobs at the end of the course. 

Many of our ex-students have been promoted to positions of responsibility, including Advanced Skills Teachers within the first 2 or 3 years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Subject-based teaching methods 
  • School-based work 
  • Whole-school issues

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Apply online through the UCAS Teacher Training Portal.
  • An early application gives more time for remediation if there are concerns about the your candidature.

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Science: Physics course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. 
  • Your degree should normally have at least 50% Physics content which is relevant to the National Curriculum. Graduates with degrees in Engineering are also invited to apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18450 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18450 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.

Funding

  • Home/EU students will be eligible to apply for statutory support from their relevant funding agency
  • The Institute of Physics are awarding Teacher Training Scholarships to the most outstanding individuals, worth £28,000. There are a series of application deadlines throughout the year

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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