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Science with Chemistry Secondary Education - PGCE

University of Sunderland Faculty of Education and Society

Full time September PGCE 1 year full-time

About the course

Share your love for Chemistry. Inspire a new generation of scientists. Become a Chemistry teacher.


Science with Chemistry Secondary Education PGCE will qualify you to teach Chemistry at Secondary level in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

This one year course blends theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience. You will attend placements in a variety of educational settings, to gain a broad understanding of the realities of Secondary level teaching. 

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Entry Requirements

You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from

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Laura Bainbridge

The sense of community Laura Bainbridge felt while studying her undergraduate course in BSc Biopharmaceutical Sciences at Sunderland convinced her that the University was the perfect place to continue her studies with a PGCE.

"I always wanted to go to university. No one in my family had been to university before me and I have a real love of learning so it was a natural choice for me to study at the University of Sunderland. Before coming to Sunderland I studied Chemistry, Maths and Physics at A-Level at a local 6th Form centre.

I really liked the University of Sunderland and the sense of community when I studied and completed my undergraduate course in BSc Biopharmaceutical Sciences. What attracted me to the PGCE Science with Chemistry course was the reputation Sunderland has for teaching, it made studying a PGCE at the School of Education at the University an easy choice for me.

The amount of time you get to spend in schools – there is no better way to learn how to teach a class of pupils than being in that environment and doing it yourself. The University organised the placements for me and took all the stress out of searching for suitable schools. Another area which I particularly enjoyed was the Guest Speaker initiative that the University organises; all the speakers were passionate about teaching and their lectures inspired me to be the best teacher I could be.

I would absolutely recommend the University of Sunderland – it's fun, friendly and full of opportunities for PGCE students! I would tell prospective students thinking about completing a PGCE to make the most of it and all the opportunities that come from studying at the University. University is an amazing experience and it is over before you know it, so take each day and give it your best!

Since studying the PGCE I have secured a job teaching Science in a secondary school to start in September 2018. The government bursary for studying Chemistry was a fantastic help, and allowed me to pass my driving test and get my very first car!"


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