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Physics with Mathematics (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Develop the skills and subject knowledge to be a fully qualified science and maths teacher, with a specialism in physics, on this PGCE Secondary course. You’ll spend time on school placements and at the University of Southampton as you learn how to teach both secondary and post-16 students. With this qualification you’ll be able to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. 

On this Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course you’ll build on your existing subject knowledge to become a skilled and confident secondary school or college teacher within the UK’s National Curriculum framework. 

You’ll be qualified to teach: 

  • physics to students aged 11 to 19 
  • chemistry and biology to students aged 11 to 16 
  • maths to students aged 11 to 14 

You’ll learn the theory that underpins effective teaching, and put it into practice on your school placements. 

We'll also teach you essential skills and strategies to: 

  • manage the classroom 
  • monitor and assess pupils 
  • teach inclusively 

You'll spend at least 120 days in placement schools or colleges in the Southampton area, where you’ll observe lessons and work with small groups of pupils before being gradually being introduced to whole-class teaching. You’ll have the support of a school-based mentor throughout your placements. 

The rest of your time will be spent at the University, where you’ll prepare you for your placements, evaluate your school-based work, and develop subject-specific skills and good practice.

Course lead

Your course leaders are Ms Caro Garrett and Dr Rosalyn Hyde. 

Caro is your physics tutor. She worked as a secondary school teacher of physics and chemistry before joining Southampton Education School. Read Caro’s staff profile to find out more about her work. 

Rosalyn is your maths tutor. She has worked in several schools, and has a particular interest in the use of technology in teaching and learning. Read Rosalyn’s staff profile to find out more about her work.


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Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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