This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in physics with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. It prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. Teaching is a very satisfying career, with excellent job security.
The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.
This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.
There is a shortage of physics teachers in England, and so the Government is offering extra incentives to attract more graduates into teaching the subject. Bursaries of up to £30,000 are available for students training to become Physics teachers in 2016-17. In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.
Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. What’s more, we’re one of only 25 ‘outstanding’ teacher-training institutions in the UK, according to Ofsted.
If you require additional support with your subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a physics degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
Graduate Lindsay describes her teaching experience and how rewarding the PGCE course at the University of Sunderland was: