Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Physics with Secondary Education (QTS)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

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 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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code F300
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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Why choose this course?

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. 

What happens on the course?

Level 4

  • Optics
  • Mathematics for Physicists
  • Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism I
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Scientific Computing

Level 5

  • Electromagnetism II
  • Thermodynamic and Statistical Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Numerical Methods
  • Subject Specific Pedagogy 1a: Exploring the Teaching of the Specialist Subject

Level 6

  • Research I
  • Professional Development 1: The Beginning Teacher 
  • Professional Development: The Developing Teacher
  • Subject Specific Pedagogy: Investigating Practice






Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

For the award of an honours degree, you, the student, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of physics and their principles.
  • Apply the principles of physics to solve problems using appropriate mathematical tools.
  • Establish an ability to use mathematical techniques and appropriate ICT packages/systems and analysis to model physical behaviour
  • Show competence in practical techniques associated with physics
  • Act independently, exercise initiative and act as a positive role model in a range of complex teaching and learning situations
  • Display the technical pedagogical and subject competence to meet the standards required to be recommended for QTS and to teach physics in secondary schools

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

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Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations, Key Skills Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2.


Typical entry requirements: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC including Physics and Mathematics at grade C (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award) - Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Important Requirements

As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

We will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education.

You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach. Further information regarding the interview process can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.


Interview and Selection

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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