To be ready for the challenges of teacher training, not to mention the classroom, your subject knowledge and understanding of it has to be of a sufficient standard. If your degree subject is not close enough to the subject you want to teach, you can take additional training before your initial teacher training (ITT).
Are you keen to teach science and have a related degree and an A level in a science, but insufficient, or rusty, biology, chemistry or physics to feel you will be able to teach with confidence? Do you want to change your life with a career that will see you providing children with an invaluable science education that will ensure their future employment? Take the physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to your teacher training and gain the essential skills you need to make the most of the PGCE and become a confident and inspiring science teacher. There is no better gateway course for preparing you for the challenges of teacher training in science.
The 24-week physics enhancement course is an intensive programme which covers all the physics covered at GCSE and AS level and Advanced level topics. Teaching sessions mirror methods of good teaching and learning found in secondary schools including active learning, themed approaches and scientific applications and processes. During the course you will have the opportunity to spend one week observing science lessons in schools and also some time observing physics lessons in a local sixth form college. Throughout the course you will be able to develop your subject knowledge in physics through a range of approaches: we offer workshops, micro-teaching activities, independent and group research, and the opportunity to use some of the wide range of teaching resources currently available; published schemes, worksheets, interactive whiteboards and software packages
You should apply in the usual way for an initial teacher training (ITT) course - in this case, Science (Physics) PGCE - through UCAS Teacher Training . You should indicate in your application that you are interested in doing a subject knowledge enhancement course ahead of the standard PGCE.
Fees and funding
You will not have to pay any fees to complete an enhancement course. You will receive a bursary (£4800 in 2014) for the 24 weeks' duration, funded by the Department for Education. The funding arrangements for your subsequent initial teacher training are the same as for all trainees on one year PGCE courses.
For further information on this programme, email the ITE office or telephone: 023 8059 2413. You can find general information on teaching as a career, including the criteria for QTS, on the Department for Education website.
Year-on-year, trainee teachers on our courses evaluate highly the support received from both tutors and mentors.
Typical entry requirements
Candidates need to have GCSE’s in Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above (or the equivalent qualifications).
Applicants for the one-year PGCE course need either a science degree or a degree with substantial science content, for example engineering or similar. Candidates with a good A level in a science and a degree with some science content may be required to follow a route incorporating the 24 week physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement prior to the one year PGCE.
Average applications per place:
You will be selected for interview based on the following:
your application shows good prior knowledge from your degree AND/OR
the application shows good experience has been gained through observation (or other) in a school or college AND/OR
the application is well written and persuasive.
The selection criteria applied are:
enthusiasm and good subject knowledge and/or ability to learn further
good knowledge of educational issues and a strong sense of the professional demands
good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively
A good academic reference must also be provided from your most recent University or in some cases an employer (where you have been away from studying for some time). All places offered will be conditional on enhanced CRB and health checks.
The 24 week course begins in late February. Teaching sessions are based in the Southampton Education School in the laboratory. Sessions are also held in the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre.The 24-week physics enhancement course starts by recapping the basic science (physics, chemistry and biology) taught at KS3 level (11 – 14), with a focus on discussing and clarifying misconceptions which some science graduates carry with them into secondary science teaching. The course has a particular emphasis on practical work, and developing an understanding of the ‘How Science Works’ aspects of the secondary science curriculum. Teaching sessions mirror methods of good teaching and learning found in secondary schools including active learning, themed approaches and scientific applications and processes. The course then continues with a more intensive programme which covers all the physics covered at GCSE and AS level and Advanced level topics. During the course you will have the opportunity to spend one week observing lessons in schools. Throughout the course you will be able to develop your subject knowledge in physics through a range of approaches: we offer workshops, micro-teaching activities, independent and group research, and the opportunity to use some of the wide range of teaching resources currently available; published schemes, worksheets, interactive whiteboards and software packages.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Learning & Assessment
Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, presentations, open book tasks and written assignments focusing on children’s learning of physics. Each topic covered is assessed through completion of subject knowledge questions relating to that area of physics. These are usually questions taken from past GCSE and Advanced level examination papers. In addition, there are open ended tasks and weekly written assignments relating to the physics that has been studied or activities that have been observed in school.
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