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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.
Teachers’ student loan reimbursement
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 equivalencytesting.com.
Visit the website for further information on course entry requirements.
Our student ambassadors are the best people to tell you about what studying at University of Sunderland is like.
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!"
£1,000 tuition fee reduction for international postgraduate students.
£1,000 tuition fee reduction
All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0191 515 3000
CARE EXPERIENCED STUDENTS
1. Care Leaver status - (on 1 September of your year of entry)
You must be aged under 25, a home student studying full time, undergraduate course or full-time taught Post Graduate programme and at least one of the following: spent 13 weeks or more in the Care of the Local Authority between your 14th and 16th birthday, were privately fostered until the age of 16, were 'looked after' until you were subject to a Special Guardianship Order.
2. You must be a (i) full-time undergraduate student or full-time postgraduate student on a taught programme.
You must be anyone who is aged 25 or over by 1 September 2019 and applying for, or currently studying, full-time at the University of Sunderland. You must be either studying for an undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019, applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.
1. Estranged students - (on 1 September on your year of entry)
Studying a full-time, undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, UK (Home) student, you are irreconcilably estranged from both parents/carers.
This means that either: You have had no contact at all with your parents/carers for at least 12 months and this is unlikely to change OR
You can demonstrate on other grounds that you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents (e.g. in exceptional circumstances, or assessed as independent by Student Finance England or by a local authority because you are estranged from both parents/carers).
2. You must be a full-time undergraduate or full-time postgraduate taught programme student.
You must be aged 25 or under by 1 September 2019. And either:
a) Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019.
b)Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.
*You must be a 'Home' student
If you are classed as an ‘EU’ or ‘International’ student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.
*If you are applying for or studying one of the following courses then you are not eligible for this scholarship:
• Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course.
• English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language course.
• PHD students
£2,000 cash scholarship for each year of study (including placement year) for care experienced or family estranged students.
For full-time home undergraduate and postgraduate students under the age of 25 on 1 September 2019 for care experienced or family estranged students.
If you indicate that you are a Care Leaver on your UCAS application form you will automatically be sent a letter and an application form, once you have an unconditional offer with us. This is usually at the end of August. Alternatively, if you inform us that you are an Estranged Student via online enrolment you will also automatically be sent a letter and an application form.
For students who apply directly/via clearing, if they inform us during online enrolment that they are care experienced or estranged we will send them an email outlining how to apply.
We will request confirmation from local authorities or Student Finance England of your eligibility for this Scholarship. If you choose not to disclose your care experienced or estranged status at enrolment stage you can inform the Access to Higher Education team directly by emailing email@example.com.
You may apply for this Scholarship at any point throughout your course; however, payments will not be backdated for previous years’ study. If you are eligible for the We Care Scholarship you may also qualify for an additional support package.
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