The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been recently 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. The Ofsted report states that “such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin. Trainees display excellent professional qualities: they are clear that good teaching leads to pupils who are interested in their work, enjoy learning and behave well.”
The Initial Teacher Education course
During your training year, you will focus on learning to teach Physics to 11-18 year olds but you will also have the opportunity to learn about Mathematics teaching. Key Stage 3 Science is sometimes taught by one teacher so you may also wish to gain some experience of teaching biology and chemistry.
This Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course is 36 weeks long of which 24 weeks are spent on placement in partnership schools for both subjects. There are five phases: Preparation (university and some school-based activities); School Placement 1 (seven week placement in school); Development (university and one week in your second school); School Placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); Completion (two further weeks in second school and two weeks in university).
This Physics with Mathematics course will enable you to gain skills in both classroom and laboratory environments using a range of teaching styles and techniques. Classroom management, lesson planning and assessing the success of your lessons are some of the areas which will be covered. You will also find out what children find hard about certain topics, how to vary your approach to minimise these difficulties, and so develop a range of teaching strategies, deploying many different technologies.
Our tutors are very experienced and have all taught in secondary schools and are engaged in research which improves children’s learning experiences.
Download the flier for the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematics course (PDF, 227KB)
Information on our other PGDipEd(QTS) subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS)course page.
Fees for 2015–16 are: £9,000 (UK/EU full-time), £14,140 (overseas full-time).
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Scholarships and studentships
Home/EU students will be eligible to apply for statutory support from their relevant funding agency.
Government training bursaries of up to £25,000 are available depending on your degree classification. The Institute of Physics (IOP) also offer a bursary of up to £25,000 for those who hold a 1st or 2(i) degree, PhD or Masters Degree.
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries
A degree or equivalent qualification is required. Your honours degree should have significant physics content, at least 50%. Degree subjects which allow direct access to the course include Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. If you are unsure about whether your degree contains sufficient Physics content you should contact John Kirkman, Admissions Tutor for the course, who will be able to advise you whether you need to consider a subject knowledge enhancement course before starting at Birmingham. You will also need to demonstrate a breadth of commitment to mathematics, to enable competence across the mathematics curriculum for 11-14 year old children.
All candidates also have to:
- have a GCSE in English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
- pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
- provide a satisfactory medical form complete an enhanced DBS/police check complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise