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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Chemistry) PGCE

Course Description

The programme combines the theory and practice of education which is why students spend 60 days in College and 120 days in schools. The 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.

Key benefits

- Our Chemistry course, judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, is taught by one of the strongest team of science education tutors in the country.

- One reason that the PGCE was judged 'Outstanding' is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, the Department was rated as one of the top three in the UK.

- We work in partnership with a wide range of schools in London and beyond, providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach the full diversity of students.

- We focus on you as an individual: there are 7 tutorials with your personal tutor and weekly meetings with your school-based mentor. As a result more than 50 per cent of students are graded as 'outstanding' by their school-based mentors when they finish the course.

- We prepare students to teach outside the classroom: there is a residential field-trip and several other opportunities to make best use of what London has to offer the science teacher, from the South Bank to the Natural History Museum.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/pgce-chemistry.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

During the year you will spend 60 days at King's and 120 days in schools. The science programme at King's is organised in two strands: Science Tutor Groups (STGs) and Subject Groupings (SGs). STG sessions are grouped under themes: teaching skills, assessment, how pupils learn, and practical skills and the use of evidence. SGs focus on teaching science to age 18 and B/C/P to age 18. The topics include particles, acids and bases, energetics and earth science.

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 two primary schools so that you can see what pupils experience before they arrive in secondary schools.

You will spend equal amounts of time at King's working as part of a chemistry group and as part of a wider group of science students. You will also spend some time working with students from other subjects ranging from ICT to classics.

The course includes residential fieldwork based a 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.

- Course purpose -

The aim of our programme is to make you an effective teacher of science and to help you develop high professional standards. The course is designed to prepare science teachers to work in secondary schools as part of a team that teaches science up to Year 11 and chemistry to Years 12 and 13 (post-16).

- Course format and assessment -

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the teaching standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by an 8,000-word written assignment.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment.

Career prospects

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.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Chemistry) PGCE page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of:Bachelor's degree with at least 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) usually in the subject you wish to teach. Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach. GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and Mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test set by King's, before the course starts. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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