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University of Wolverhampton

Physics with Secondary Education (QTS)

UCAS Code: F300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

including Physics and Mathematics (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking).

Access to HE Diploma gaining 60 credits in total with at least 45 credits achieved at level 3, of which 36 credits must be in science based units at level 3, including passes in Physics units: at least 27 of these 36 credits must be achieved at Merit or above and 9 credits with Pass or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English, Mathematics and Double Award Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physics

The BSc (Hons) Physics with Secondary Education course provides a high standard of both physics subject content and pedagogical knowledge, in addition to preparing students to take up a physics teaching post in the secondary sector. The course reflects the specific and precise quality frameworks established by the relevant national government agency, and complies fully with the relevant teaching standards framework. It aims to foster an intellectual curiosity in the science underlying the nature and properties of matter and energy in conjunction with a desire to impart this curiosity to others. An underpinning knowledge base will be developed in the structure and behavior of the objects and technologies that surround us on a daily basis and you will explore key topics including mechanics, optics, electromagnetism—at both the classical and quantum level—and how these are articulated and combined together to give rise to the physics of the solid state. The degree program will be supported by strong foundation teaching in study skills, with additional instruction in mathematics and computing skills provided throughout the course. Practical work will be incorporated into each level of study to encourage an appreciation of the application of theory and all students will be given the opportunity to undertake their own education-based research project in physics in the final year of study. All students will produce a Physics Skills e-portfolio over the duration of their studies which will act as a showcase of their skills for future employers. The University of Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award is embedded into the course, with all first year students completing the Bronze Award, the Silver Award being completed during your second year of study and the Gold Award completed during the final year.

The BSc (Hons) with Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful can be recommended to the relevant professional body for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – the recognised professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school. As a trainee you will learn how to teach physics to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. Trainee teachers who are recommended for the award of QTS will be well-placed to obtain employment in schools.

The course is designed to develop secondary school teachers who will be:

?empathetic and committed to pupils’ learning;

?reflective and reflexive;

?enthusiastic and innovative;

?open-minded and research-aware

?capable of engaging in practitioner research

?flexible and creative

?knowledgeable – both in physics, mathematics and pedagogically

?up-to-date with the most recent developments in a variety of fields of Physics

The course will also help a student to develop as a teacher who understands the link between subject knowledge and the curriculum knowledge needed to teach their subject. Equally we seek to develop teachers who understand the needs of the individual pupil and the school community in which they will work.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Wolverhampton

Department:

Wolverhampton School of Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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