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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Physics

Initial Teacher Education

    Key facts

    Award
    Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (Physics)
    School
    Institute for Education
    Campus or location
    Course length
    20 weeks full-time

    Entry requirements

    You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in modern languages or where they consider your modern language knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

    Develop a greater understanding of physics prior to starting a PGCE.

    • A range of teaching and collaborative learning methods to enhance your physics subject knowledge.
    • Opportunities for school visits, trips and fieldwork to place subject in wider context.
    • Equip yourself with physics knowledge that will allow you to teach up to A-Level.

    This course will enhance your knowledge of physics, so you can undertake a PGCE and teach it as a secondary priority subject. There’s a strong emphasis on practical work.

    Modules include Mechanics and Materials; Waves; Fields; Electricity and Electromagnetism; Particle Physics; Nuclear Physics; Solar System and Cosmology; Thermal Physics; Quantum Physics and Special Relativity.

    • Full-time course commencing in February for 20 weeks.
    • Four days of taught sessions and one day of self-study to complete directed tasks.

    "The course has given me hands-on experience with the experiments and apparatus, alongside systematic, in-depth coverage of the topics that I’ll be teaching."

    Kim Yeap, Subject Knowledge Enhancement physics

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    Through this course we aim to:

    • Prepare you for your PGCE programme – we’ll highlight teaching and learning issues in physics;
    • Inspire passion for physics including all aspects of local, national and global developments within it;
    • Help you understand the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with physics;
    • Model imaginative and creative approaches to teaching and learning, and excellent practice in assessment;
    • Prepare you to teach physics up to Key Stage 4 level. You’ll have the opportunity to reach up to A-level standard teaching knowledge.

    How will I be assessed?

    Formative

    Throughout the course we’ll track your progress. This constructive feedback will help you build upon your strengths and target areas which need further development. 

    You’ll help produce a profile of strengths and areas for development, which will be signed by your Course Leader. This recognises the necessity for Continuing Professional Development and identifies areas that will need development during your Initial Teacher Training and at the beginning of your career.

    This profile will also indicate the marks or level at which you have passed each module.

    Summative

    You’re expected to complete successfully the required tasks and assignments which relate to each module, including formative tasks set by the tutor.

    Some assessments have two levels of success criteria. These relate to the demonstration of subject knowledge at a level sufficient to teach up to GCSE (Level 1), or to AS/A2 (Level 2). A pass at Level 1 and/or Level 2 is required in order to pass the module in question.

    How will I be taught?

    Teaching and learning will include a range of methods to enhance your knowledge and understanding including tutorials, practical tasks, essays, investigations, collaborative projects and presentations. In addition, there may be opportunities for school visits, fieldwork, trips and visits to help place your subject in a wider context.

    The course is divided into specific modules, varying in length and style of delivery.

    During the university day you’ll experience different methods of teaching and learning including:

    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Peer Presentations
    • Laboratory work – including demonstrations, computer modelling and experiments
    • A practical investigation of your own choice
    • Problem solving
    • Using IT to support your learning and future teaching
    • Laboratory Reports – You’ll write-up the experiments carried out for the Experimental Skills module. These will be marked and returned to you with written and verbal feedback.

    You’ll have at least 18 hours of study during the 4 ‘taught days’ within the university. In order to consolidate your understanding, complete the learning activities set by the tutors and prepare for assessments, you’ll have a study day at home.

    It's expected that you will carry out a minimum of 25 hours of study, which includes the ‘taught sessions’, however you should expect that at certain times it will exceed this number of hours.

    Opportunities

    Careers

    This course is for individuals who wish to become physics specialists and bring enthusiasm and interest of physics into the classroom. This course will develop the physics subject knowledge of all participants, sufficiently to progress to an ITT course for physics key stage 3 and 4. During the Enhancement course participants may also develop the subject knowledge required to teach AS and A2. 

    Study visits and conferences

    Previous student have visited sites of interest including an astronomical observatory and nuclear Power Station.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to attend weekend seminars and conferences under the auspices of the Institute of Physics.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    The Enhancement Course is taught at Newton Park campus and partnership schools. It takes place in an exceptionally well-equipped Physics laboratory, taught by a team of tutors, each with specialist expertise.

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018
    Year 3 Published Jan 2019

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019
    Year 3 Published Jan 2020

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    International students full time

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018
    Year 3 Published Jan 2019

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    You should demonstrate a passion for physics and a real desire to teach it at secondary level.

    You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in physics or where they consider your physics knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

    It is desirable to have experience of physics of at least A-level standard, and this could be through holding an A-level in the subject, having an element of it in your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject.

    You’ll need GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents).

    How do I apply?

    You should apply direct to the University, and application forms are available from the course administrator (skeadmin@bathspa.ac.uk). In addition you will require a referral from your ITE provider.

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

    Programme Administrator: +44 (0)1225 875631
    Email: skeadmin@bathspa.ac.uk

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