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    Full-time: 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    23 February 2018

Course content

The challenge of being a chemistry teacher will have you finding creative and diverse ways to share your knowledge with young students.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is designed to prepare you to become a professional, competent and reflective secondary school teacher of science, with chemistry as a specialist subject. Your studies will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged 11 to 16 and beyond.

As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Master's level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Support for student teachers

Our programme has support from representatives at the Royal Society of Chemistry. They bring an awareness to our student teachers of the vast amount of resources and help available in order to become a chemistry teacher. This includes free online continuing professional development (CPD) courses to support you in your career.

Degree structure

Our one-year programme comprises two elements: 60 days of university-based teaching and 120 days of school-based experience. Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements you will have the opportunity to develop your science and chemistry teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

Learning and experience

The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as "Good" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that "Scientists appreciate the enhancement groups where they further build on their knowledge by sharing each other's expertise. As a consequence, the trainees' and NQTs' enthusiasm and confidence in the subjects they teach motivate and inspire pupils to learn and make progress."

Our university-based workshops also offer strong support. You will have easy access to tutors as well as online materials. Here we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum and address all relevant government standards. Other topics of study will include planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management. There is also the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from other subject areas.

During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils within the context of the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.

You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. By the end of which you will be fully equipped to be formally assessed against the national standards for QTS.


  • 95% of students completing the programme in 2015/16 were judged as good or outstanding against the teaching standards
  • 95% of respondents rated the training in preparing them to teach learners across a range of abilities as either good or very good (NQT survey, 2014)
  • 97% of our students are employed within six months of graduating (SED 14/15)
  • 100% of respondents agreed/strongly agreed that training they received helped them secure employment (Exit survey, 2015).

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Year 1

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Progress will be assessed through a professional portfolio, written assignments and observation of classroom teaching. In order to qualify as a teacher, you need to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status, as set out by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings, such as: 

  • Teaching science and/or chemistry in a secondary school
  • Head of science
  • Teaching and learning responsibilities for cross-curricular projects
  • STEM involvement and collaboration.

Visit the Secondary Education Science with Chemistry (PGCE) page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!





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