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SKE Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement

To be ready for the challenges of training to teach science, your subject knowledge and understanding across all three sciences has to be of a sufficient standard. If your degree subject is not close enough to one of the three traditional science subjects, or you need to improve your knowledge and understanding, particularly of the physics you will be teaching in school, you can take additional training before your PGCE.

Introducing your course

Are you keen to teach science and have a related degree and an A level in a science, but insufficient, or rusty, knowledge of the physical sciences 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.

Overview

The physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is an intensive programme which begins with deep and fundamental physics foundations, covering KS3 and GCSE Physics topics and refreshing mathematical skills, and then moves on to the more technical content bridging to A-Level. Teaching sessions are based on best-practice to maximise learning and there will be a wide range of practicals in our well-equipped teaching labs, including some chemistry practicals exploring the links between chemistry and physics. During the course you will also have the opportunity to spend one week observing science lessons in schools. Sessions are led by university tutors who are very experienced secondary and sixth-form science teachers. There may also be input from experts from the Institute of Physics, and the world-class physics and engineering faculties here at the University of Southampton.

To Apply

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

This course is funded by the Department for Education. You will not normally have to pay any fees. A bursary is also available for all eligible students (normally any Home/EU student with an undergraduate degree classification of 2:2 or higher). The bursary is £5600 for the 2018 course. The funding arrangements for your subsequent initial teacher training are the same as for all trainees on one year PGCE courses.

Contacts

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.

Programme tutor: Matt Perks

Key Facts

Year-on-year, trainee teachers on our courses evaluate highly the support received from both tutors and mentors.

Develop subject knowledge
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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSECandidates need to have GCSE’s in Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above (or the equivalent qualifications).
Undergraduate degree

Applicants for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course need a science-related degree and one science A-Level.

Selection process

Intake: 18

Average applications per place: 2

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 DBS and Children’s Barred Service, and occupational health checks.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course begins in late February and for most students it ends in July at the end of the Hampshire schools summer term. In a typical week there are three full days of university-based, face to face training complemented by a variety of independent study tasks. It is an intensive programme which begins with deep and fundamental physics foundations, covering KS3 and GCSE Physics topics and refreshing mathematical skills, and then moves on to the more technical content bridging to A-Level. Teaching sessions are based on best-practice to maximise learning and there will be a wide range of practicals in our well-equipped teaching labs, including some chemistry practicals exploring the links between chemistry and physics. During the course you will also have the opportunity to spend one week observing science lessons in schools. Sessions are led by university tutors who are very experienced secondary and sixth-form science teachers. There may also be input from experts from the Institute of Physics, and the world-class physics and engineering faculties here at the University of Southampton.

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

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 name.

View the full list of course fees

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.

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Costs associated with this course

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

Study locations

EEE Building

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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