Learn how to share your enthusiasm for chemistry and inspire the next generation of children and young people.
This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum science at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach chemistry at higher level Key Stage 4 and post-16 teaching.
Chemistry teachers are in high demand, so the job prospects when you qualify are very good. And since chemistry is a priority subject, you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000.
During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by
With our PGCE you complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16, 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.
While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions, we are also involved with a variety of lead schools on the School Direct programme, and many of our students end up being offered teaching jobs in the schools that they train in.
All of our practical sessions take place in purpose-built labs, which replicate the teaching areas typically found in schools.
During the course, you’ll be able to choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications will earn you QTS status, but the PGCE also gives you 60 credits towards a masters degree.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. On the School Direct route, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
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Our expert science tutors have over 120 years’ teaching experience between them. They have held positions ranging from head of department to assistant head and head of year in a variety of local, national and international schools, where they were responsible for teacher trainees, the induction of NQTs and staff development. They continue to retain close links with many local schools.
We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.
We have a superb record for graduate employment: Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.
Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement.
After completing this course, you are able to teach science at Key Stages 3 and 4, and to teach chemistry at a higher level, at Key Stage 4 and post-16. You could choose to teach in a range of settings, such as 11–16 or 11–18, as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education).
The UK government is actively recruiting more science teachers, so specialising in chemistry is a good move.
The PGCE Physics with Mathematics provides a clear, thoughtful and critical introduction to teaching science, drawing on leading education research carried out at King’s. We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our course in order to develop excellent, reflective classroom practitioners.
Our course combines the theory and practice of education which is why you spend over 50 days at university and 120 days in schools. Our course is research-led and you will develop your knowledge of how pupils learn; how assessment can improve teaching and learning; how to plan lessons, and how to make most use of the laboratory and the outdoors to teach effectively.
There are two blocks of school experience, one starting in the autumn and the other in the spring. You will spend time observing other teachers and their classes before beginning to teach yourself. You will teach more during the second school experience than you will in the first one. During the year you will also spend time in a primary school, so that you can see what pupils experience before they arrive in secondary school.
You will spend some of your time in college working in a group with other physics with maths trainees. You will also spend some time working with students from a range of other subject areas.
The course includes residential fieldwork based at the Field Studies Council centre in Surrey. There are many other opportunities for you to develop your abilities to teach beyond the classroom, in the school grounds and beyond.
School Direct Route offered: The School Direct Non Salaried teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a Lead School. Students apply to the Lead School for admission to the programme. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the Lead School.
The aim of our course is to make you an effective teacher of physics and to help you develop high professional standards. You will also gain some knowledge and experience of teaching maths. Our course is designed to prepare you to work in secondary schools teaching physics to students from ages 11-18, as well as teaching maths.
You can typically expect:
* This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.
** Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.
The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.
Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.
Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided during the course.
School Direct Route: Students undertake teaching placements in secondary schools selected by their Lead School. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London Area and beyond.
The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.