About the course

Funding for Home/EU students

Subject to eligibility criteria, bursaries of £26,000 are available for graduates training to teach in this subject.

A prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year, is offered to the best graduates in lieu of the bursary. Find further information on available funding.

The course

This Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching Physics to the 11-16 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post 16 provision will be available.

You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with local secondary schools.

We are looking to select trainees who:

  • have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in secondary schools
  • are resilient and able to work under pressure
  • have good subject knowledge to train to teach in the area they are interested in
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PGCE Secondary Education 2019 Course fact sheet 1 PGCE Secondary Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 PGCE in Education (Secondary) 2019 Programme specification 1 PGCE in Education (Secondary)

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Training. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers. Graduate employability is high. 

The programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by a secondary physics teacher, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice.

The strengths of our PGCE secondary programmes are the high levels of pastoral care and support we offer trainees. We also have effective partnerships with schools which enhances trainees' subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of teaching and ensures our trainees achieve good levels of attainment.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status

Course details


On successful completion of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your teaching career.

Teaching methods

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops, where active participation is encouraged. Twenty-four weeks of the programme are spent in local partnerships schools. This enables you to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions as well as support you in your school-based training where you develop your classroom expertise.

The programme includes opportunities to visit different educational contexts, including a primary school and a special needs school.

Work Placement

School experience is at the heart of the programme and during the thirty-six week programme you spend twenty-four weeks in school, and the rest of the time on campus. The school experience is made up of a number of serial day placements, including visits to a primary school and a special school and two block placements in partner secondary schools.


Level 6

Core Modules


Level 7

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Initial Teacher Training Bursary information

You may be eligible for a training bursary. Find out more here.

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements...

Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.

Usually we would expect the degree to have a minimum 50% content of the subject in which the applicant is applying. However, applicants whose degree does not meet this requirement should contact us to discuss further at secondaryteam@herts.ac.uk

GCSE or IGCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the previous grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Prior experience in a school is not required. Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. Contact secondaryteam@herts.ac.uk if you would like further support or guidance.

You will be required to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

If offered a place, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and you are required to respond to targeted and relevant health questions (DfE ITT: criteria and supporting advice October 2018).

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 1 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Start DateEnd DateLink
09/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
09/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)