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Overview

Applicants applying for postgraduate initial teacher training courses will now need to apply through the DfE for entry in September 2022.

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11-to-16 age range, which qualifies you to be a teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. Where possible, we also give you the chance to gain experience in the 11-to-18 age range.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, are integral to the success of the UK economy while STEM education has long been identified as a major priority for schools. 

Successful education is built on strong subject teaching. Learners need highly skilled specialist teachers to inspire and challenge them. 

Your challenge is to help young people recognise how the science, design and technology, computer science, engineering and mathematics they study at school or college can lead to rich and varied career pathways. 

This complexity offers an enormous opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject to engage young people and show them how physics is central to everyday life and needn't be hard to learn. 

You could also be eligible for the highest range of tax-free training bursaries - or a prestigious scholarship from the Institute of Physics if you have a top degree.

Our vision for you:

You will become teachers who inspire:

  1. The next generation of scientists to follow STEM career pathways.
  2. Non-scientists to remain interested in science and being scientific, so they make well-informed evidence-based decisions in their lives for themselves and their families.

What makes this course different

90% of trainees in a teaching post within six months

90% of trainees in a teaching post within six months

The overall proportion of our Secondary PGCE teacher trainees who are in a teaching post within six months of completing the course. Ahead of the sector average.

100 partnership schools

100 partnership schools

The number of secondary schools we work with across East London and into Essex in which our students undertake full placements. When they gain employment, most of our students secure jobs within our partnership schools.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

We are proud of our longstanding practice of supporting non-traditional students. Our pre-course subject knowledge enhancement courses allow you to reinforce your degree with the subject knowledge you need to qualify as a specialist teacher.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We will support you to become an excellent physics teacher who will inspire young people studying physics by devising and delivering a diverse range of engaging lessons that educate and excite all pupils.  

The subject knowledge studies element of your training programme enables you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of science, and particularly physics, in the secondary school phase context.  

We will support you to audit your subject knowledge in physics and general science and to use this as a basis to plan for improving your knowledge in your specialist subject.

Teaching physics is challenging, exciting and motivating. You will learn the full range of generic teaching skills and knowledge required to flourish as a teacher. Our science subjects curriculum is theme-based and includes in-depth study of: behaviour management, cognitive science, lesson planning, literacy in science, practical work, SEND, science curriculum, theories of learning and assessment. 

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting upon Learner Progress

    • To develop knowledge and understanding of critical thinking, reflective practice and educational research;
    • To develop an awareness of action research - its processes, practices and relevance for reflective educational practice and change;
    • To develop knowledge of pedagogy, through primary research and the critical evaluation of theory and literature;
    • For trainee teachers to carry-out a classroom intervention informed by reading and research activity and to reflect critically on the process;
    • To demonstrate a practical appreciation of evidence-informed teaching;
    • To identify appropriate classroom strategies to develop learning and teaching which are informed through educational research, evidence and scholarship.
    • To apply classroom strategies informed by scholarship to a specific educational context and setting.
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    Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism

    · To use mechanisms to identify areas of development within the chosen subject

    · To select one area of development to improve expertise

    · To implement strategies to develop subject expertise within the chosen area of development

    · To understand pedagogy and its impact upon learning within the chosen subject.

    · To identify the different pedagogic models related to the chosen area of development

    · To develop and implement a pedagogic approach that is appropriate and relevant to context of the chosen area of development.

    · To reflect on the implementation of the pedagogic model and to identify modifications or adaptations for future practice.

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    School-Based Learning: Reflections on Practice (Mental Wealth)

    This module focuses on the development of professional practice in a practical context. It provides an initial experience of teaching and learning in a secondary school environment. This module focuses on best practice in secondary teaching, based on current research. With the support of an experienced mentor this module aims:

    · to support students in understanding a range of key issues and curriculum initiatives related to teaching practice, and to implement this knowledge during their school-based experience;

    · to enable students to meet the relevant Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status;

    · to enable students to support children’s learning and development effectively in the classroom.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

The university-based training initially consists of weekly generic lectures and subject-specific workshops, which effectively prepare trainee teachers to successfully move into a school environment when they begin their school placements and gradually start practising and developing their teaching skills with pupils in the classroom; this enables you to link theory and practice. You will also have allocated time for independent study and research into the theoretical aspects of teaching and learning and all your UEL sessions will be evidence-informed and based upon seminal and up-to-date research.

It is expected that you will undertake two school placements in contrasting schools totalling approximately 24 weeks. We work in partnership with over 100 schools and colleges to provide a high-quality programme of support.

Your subject tutor will support you in all aspects of your PGCE course both at UEL and when on placement. In school you will be assigned a personal mentor and whilst in the classroom teaching you will be supported by the class teacher as well as a range of teachers in a science department. You will continuously be trained and coached in how to plan and teach effective lessons and manage classrooms. By the end of your PGCE you will be well prepared to begin teaching as an Early Career teacher (ECT).

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

To pass your PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, you have to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers' Standards and passed the three core modules:

  1. Active Enquiry and Intervention: Impacting upon Learner Progress
  2. Developing Subject Expertise and Subject Specialism
  3. School-Based Learning: Reflections on Practice (Mental Wealth)

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

The Secondary PGCE course at the University of East London was designed in 2001 in conjunction with the local authorities to address the secondary education teacher shortage in east London.

The partnership works with input and support from the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

It means that our graduates are represented in virtually every secondary school in east London. Some are now deputy heads or in senior management roles in schools that are taking our current trainees for their placements.

Across all subjects, from maths to modern languages, our teacher training graduates are acting as mentors to those following in their footsteps.

The partnership means that you have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post in east London at the end of your training.

Both local authorities and individual schools visit our campus regularly to meet our trainees and advertise available vacancies.

You may also decide to undertake further study at the University of East London, either at the end of your course or after gaining teaching experience, perhaps specialising in Special Educational Needs or taking our MA Leadership in Education.

We also offer the opportunity for doctoral study to further develop your teaching knowledge and expertise.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.