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PGCE Secondary Physics with Mathematics

PGCE

Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

Award
PGCE Secondary Physics with Mathematics
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: FXG1
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a secondary physics and maths teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Develop your ability to teach pupils aged 11-16 to meet the QTS Standards.
  • Undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range.
  • Excellent employment prospects – good mathematics teachers are always in demand.

This is the ideal route into teaching if you’re passionate about both subjects and wish to teach Physics, with the flexibility of being able to teach Mathematics as a subsidiary subject up to GCSE level. 

Rather than the traditional combination of physics, biology and chemistry; you’ll focus on physics and maths, a combination which is undergoing a revival in schools. This PGCE programme is fully supported by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Academy of Engineers. 

“I only have good things to say about my experiences at Bath Spa and really appreciate the dedication of staff to individual needs here.”

Sarah Wilton, PGCE Secondary Mathematics graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

This practical programme will teach you about life in the classroom. You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on your practice, and that of your colleagues, in order to improve your teaching and pupils' learning.

You’ll learn how to focus on an overarching goal related to teaching maths, as well as exploring research questions through collaborative and individual practices.

Pupils' learning is at the heart of the programme; we’ll ask you to consider what ‘understanding’ means and how it can be developed and assessed.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

University training

The programme provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. During the first university phase we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. During the second university phase we consider teaching and learning at Key Stage 4 and A-level in greater depth.

School training

The School phases are with two different partner schools. The first six-week phase is before Christmas and the second 14-week phase runs from February.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

How will I be taught?

As the programme is practical most of the University sessions can be thought of as workshops. We consider issues related to the engagement and motivation for the learning of mathematics and prepare you to be active participants in the mathematics education community through networking and engaging with various projects locally, nationally and internationally.

We consider how a child’s learning progresses, develops and depends on enthusiastic teaching of the subject, and how teaching styles can aid this. We visit local classrooms to gain insight into these aspects of Maths education and to test the ideas developed.

ICT plays a major part in teaching mathematics in schools so you are given opportunities to develop your skills in the use of mathematics-specific software, as well as how to use web-based tools to share your resources with your colleagues in the field.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual
  • Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Opportunities

Careers

All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.

Resources

You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £9,250
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

This route is particularly suited to graduates of physics or engineering or those with combined degree subjects, for example mathematical sciences, mathematics and physics, energy science and technology, astronomy and space science and chemical physics. 

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Mathematics or a related subject with at least 50% suitable maths content. In addition you need A-Level Maths.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. 

If you want to teach maths but are unsure if you have the necessary subject knowledge then you may be recommended to take the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. This is a 28-week intensive course which aims to develop a deep understanding of all school mathematics with the potential to teach up to A-level standard.

Non-academic requirements

The love of and competency in maths is one of the most important aspects of being a good maths teacher. You’ll be enthusiastic about math and working with children, with recent experience of observing and/or working in schools.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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