PGCE Secondary Physics with QTS

PGCE Physics

The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession (see course calendar below). 

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher in Physics and Science.  Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X6G
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Name:
Nia Ifans
Contact Email:
s_pgce@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English   Welsh



  • Physics is cool! And there are not enough women in physics. There are fun experiments and seeing what happens - it's a bit like magic and the foundation for everything. I was a materials engineer and did a lot of lab work. I want to get more girls into physics and do workshops with Girl Guides looking at science and engineering.

    Sarah Mosey

  • When you study physics it means your horizons are the edge of the universe – they are big horizons. You can consider so many questions. Some children spend more time with teachers than their parents. I am passionate about teaching and pastoral care. I want to make that difference.

    Alun Rennolf

  • Physics teaches you that nothing is impossible and many breakthroughs achieve the impossible. I have a passion for people and a teacher plays a massive part in growing up, enabling young people to reach their true potential.

    Torrey Stillman

  • In physics you can relate to most things in the world. Any interest people have, you can relate it back to physics. Swimming, mechanics, lights, computer games – everything, so you can inspire anyone. I found school difficult when I was younger. I had a very good teacher egging me on – everyone remembers that good or bad teacher.

    Stephen Thomas


  • Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Level 6 – English only.  Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum (Level 6 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Level 6 and 7 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement (Level 6 - Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. and Level 7 – Post-graduate Cert.Ed..  Both English only)
  • Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 – English or Welsh/bilingual. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision.
  • English and Welsh medium student provision.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales.
  • Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales.
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate throughout Wales.

The course covers training in a wide variety of teaching techniques with opportunities to try ideas out in the partner schools. This course will equip trainees to teach Physics within the 11-18 age range in a variety of schools and colleges (including Welsh medium if requested). The course provides you with training to teach Physics up to the A and AS examinations and all the sciences up to at least Year 9 of the secondary school.

The fundamental aims of the PGCE Physics programme are to develop the skills of a trainee Physics/Science teacher who is able to reflect on practice gained through teaching experience in school; who can analyse that experience in the light of discussion with mentors and others and also in the light of their reading; and evaluate their practice effectively to demonstrate gradual improvement in the standards of their own teaching and pupils learning.

Module 01 Principles of teaching, learning and pedagogy in secondary education

  • Coursework: 8000 words
  • Literature reviews/ Reflective presentation / Evaluative commentary

Module 02 Skills across the curriculum

  • Coursework – 4000 words
  • Conference style paper

Module 03a or 03  Investigating issues in secondary education

  • Coursework : 4000 words equivalent
  • An investigation using problem based learning  & critical evaluation.

Module 04a or 04  Curriculum development and enhancement

  • Coursework : 4000 words equivalent
  • A critical analysis of a teaching intervention

Professional Teaching Experience

  • Placement [100%]
  • Achievement of QTS evidenced by PDP and formative and summative assessments by mentors, senior mentors and tutors.  Moderated by University internal and external examiners

For the September 2015 entry you will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111, S_PGCE@uwtsd.ac.uk

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected.  The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline such as backgrounds in Physics, Engineering, Materials Science, Astronomy, Geophysics.  A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as BTEC Advanced will also be taken into account.  Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutors named below. 

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career.

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Physics graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Capita Consultancy (London), Tuxford Academy School (Nottinghamshire), Pontypridd High School, Swansea City and County Council, Pencoed Comprehensive (Bridgend), Brighton College (East Sussex), Maesteg Comprehensive School, Lewis Girls Comprehensive School (Caerphilly). 

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test.  You might also be asked to undertake: a presentation related to your subject area, group discussion, an extended writing  exercise, a formal interview with a subject tutor and school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject.