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What makes PGCE Secondary Science: Physics at Worcester so special?

Unique opportunities to learn how to teach Physics in a newly refreshed course. We place an emphasis on experiential learning, where trainees undertake a wide range of activities then get the opportunity to plan how to deliver these in the classroom. Ensuring each activity is directly transferable to secondary teaching helps trainees to develop their confidence in content delivery.

Expert input from visiting specialists from a range of prestigious groups and continued support from the local Physics Network Coordinator for the Institute of Physics throughout the course. Benefit from the university’s affiliation with the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges scheme as well as university’s close working relationship with the STEM Network.

Present a practical activity at the annual conference run by the Association for Science Education.

Key features

  • Refreshed course to embed the new curriculum and GCSE subject content.
  • Practical and experiential based learning.
  • Planning for pupil safety during investigations.
  • Develop subject-specific digital technology skills including data logging.
  • Trainees have the opportunity to practice teaching Chemistry and Biology.

NB Science: Physics is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, in a science-related subject or (where the degree is not science-based) a top-up Science qualification
  • Grade C at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
  • 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable, but not essential.

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If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

Visit the Department for Education for more information.

Skills Tests Workshops

Successful applicants can register for our free Skills Tests Workshops

For further information, please email

Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

This book may help with planning and preparation for the tests.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Present to peers within and beyond the University. 
  • Have support from the local Physics Network Coordinator for the Institute of Physics throughout the course.
  • Benefit from visiting specialists including representatives from the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
  • Explore pedagogical links across Chemistry and Biology.
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.


  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (97% in 2015); our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services


  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

  • linda-scott-new-oct13

    Linda Scott

    Linda taught Science, and Physics in particular, for 17 years in secondary schools before becoming an advisory teacher for a local authority. A keen educational researcher and writer, Linda participates in national and international conferences as well as leading on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) curriculum initiatives and support for local schools.

  • Ben_Looker

    Ben Looker

    Ben joined the University of Worcester in January 2016 after working in schools in Birmingham and Dudley as an Assistant Headteacher.

    He is passionate about ensuring teachers get the correct style of training to build resilience and skills and has written and run a range of courses aimed at improving teacher outcomes. He is the Chemistry lead and as such has a wide range of demonstrations which can be used to ignite passion and engagement in the learning of Science.

  • janine-delorenzo-pgce-science-university-worcester

    Janinne Delorenzo

    Janinne joined the University of Worcester in September 2015 having had ten years of experience working in local secondary schools, up to Head of Department level.

    She has experience of mentoring PGCE trainees as well as supporting NQTs. Janinne is passionate about engaging students in Physics education and is keen to develop teachers with a ‘can do’ approach to teaching and learning.


Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects (96% in 2016)
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching

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How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2016/17: Up to £30 000 may be available. Visit the Institute of Physics website for scholarships information.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport and sometimes, these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

You will be given the opportunity to attend and present at a ASE conference. The conference is for two days and costs (including ASE membership fees and accommodation) are around £120. Personal travel and food costs are also at your expense.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources. 


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?


Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.


Subjects offered:
mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography


Find out about the bursary.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Secondary PGCE Office

Personal Academic Tutor

Linda Scott
01905 855048