University of Brighton
Physics with Mathematics (Secondary) PGCE PGCE
University of Brighton

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated Outstanding by Ofsted in our most recent inspection.

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England, it is also recognised in Wales once registered with The Education Workforce Council (EWC). The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase.

Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and gain practical experience in two contrasting schools. We have partnerships with over 600 schools and colleges in the south east offering opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings.

You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.

If your degree isn’t in the subject area you wish to teach, or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching, we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 7.0
    • Master Degrees and TEFL
    • (minimums: Writing, minimum 7.0)
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (minimums: Writing, minimum 6.0)
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (minimums: Writing, minimum 6.0)
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Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant. If your degree isn’t in the subject area you wish to teach or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching you may be suitable for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. If you pass the SKE qualifies you to start a PGCE. GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) At least English language and maths. Equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates. Other - All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. - Applicants from minority ethnic and other groups under-represented in the profession are particularly welcome. English language requirements IELTS 7.0 in all elements.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Brighton is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of University of Brighton in top UK and global rankings.

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About University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a publicly funded university, and has three of its campuses located in Brighton which are known as Falmer, City and Moulsecoomb, and another in Eastbourne which is just outside of the vibrant South Downs National Park.

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Where is this programme taught

Falmer, Brighton
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