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.
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.
More informationVisit official programme website
- Subject-based teaching methods
- School-based work
- Whole-school issues
- 9 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- Apply online through the UCAS Teacher Training Portal.
- An early application gives more time for remediation if there are concerns about the your candidature.
DisciplinesEducation Physics Natural Sciences View 87 other Masters in Natural Sciences in United Kingdom
- 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.
International18450 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18450 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
- 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.