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PGCE Secondary Education Science: Chemistry


Course Description

Are you passionate about communicating the marvels of chemistry to young people? If so, our PGCE Secondary Chemistry is for you. Your skills and knowledge in chemistry are in demand to inspire young minds and meet the rising demand for GCSE and A Level Chemistry.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. We’ll train you to teach across the years, covering topics from learning how to introduce students to atoms, elements and particles, to thermodynamics and inorganic chemistry. You’ll also learn how to demonstrate impressive chemical reactions safely!

As you progress, you’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a positionto continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which we offer over 16 weeks, before you start your PGCE.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development.

Why Choose Us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University.
  • If you have a minimum of a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree, a Master's or a PhD, in a relevant subject, you may be eligible for a bursary from the NCTLFor 2017 entry this bursary is £20,000 if you have a 2:2, 2:1 or Master's and £25,000 if you have a First or PhDA higher level scholarship of £27,500 may be available from the Royal Society of Chemistry subject to ability and meeting application deadlines.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 100 per cent of 2016 graduates in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey results 2015/16).
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, with a significant chemistry or chemistry-related content, for example from biochemistry or materials science. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the Department for Education website for further information.

There is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of chemical sciences and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to apply

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 32XT


Visit the PGCE Secondary Education Science: Chemistry page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a good degree, minimum 2.2 but 2.1 or 1st preferred, from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, with a significant chemistry or chemistry-related content.

Last Updated

18 August 2017

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