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Transform your enthusiasm for chemistry into practical teaching skills. Dedicated and skilled chemistry teachers are in demand. With school placements, tutor support and a graduated induction programme, our trainees are well prepared for teaching in secondary education, and have an excellent record of obtaining first teaching posts. We’ll give you the training and support needed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin your professional teaching career.

Key features

  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
  • Access a range of bursaries and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) offers generous teacher training scholarships to exceptional candidates.
  • Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
  • You'll be supported to teach all three sciences to GCSE with a particular focus on your specialism.
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
  • Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.
  • Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching chemistry to children of all abilities from 11-18.
  • Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.
  • Our PGCE secondary programme is now part of the School Direct initiative, and we offer a wide range of subjects through this route.

Course details

Programme overview

You’ll take six core modules, including induction and professional issues, teaching and learning chemistry, developing subject pedagogy, professional studies and practical teaching. We assess modules through either coursework or practical teaching. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching, and to provide evidence of reading and reflection. We’ll support you with a range of graduated practical experiences that will help you develop confidence and achieve the competence to take responsibility in the classroom. This tapered introduction to learning about teaching is a successful feature of our trainee teachers' work. You’ll spend two-thirds of your year in local schools with two secondary school placements, plus visits to primary schools. A school mentor and a faculty tutor will supervise you jointly.

Core modules

  • EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
  • EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning
  • EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
  • EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
  • EPGS719 Professional Studies

Optional modules

  • EPGS610 Developing Subject Pedagogy
  • EPGS619 Professional Studies

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry 3906

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

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




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