Learn how to teach science and chemistry to 11 to 16-year-olds with this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited PGCE School Direct course. You’ll attend sessions at both London Met and one of our partnership schools in London, learning the principles of teaching chemistry and getting the vital hands-on experience necessary for later employment. Trainees on our PGCE School Direct Secondary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
More about this course
Successfully complete this NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry course to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and become a science teacher for students up to 14 years old and chemistry teacher for 15 to 16-year-olds. You may also the opportunity to teach at the 16 to 18 age range.
You’ll develop your teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques at London Met as well as exploring the fundamentals of how children learn. These study sessions will include collaborative projects and school-based work with other trainees, as well as how to implement teaching and pupil assessment.
The PGCE School Direct course benefits from our London location, which will widen your experience of teaching in multicultural urban environments. Through your two placements at our partnership secondary schools, you’ll help develop lesson plans and contribute to the development of pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge. London Met also provides you with the opportunity to teach children over 16 years old wherever possible.
We place great emphasis on the importance of gaining feedback from your peers and colleagues during your placements. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher. Our commitment to your development has lead to positive reviews from Ofsted:
"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and newly qualified teachers are prepared well to meet the specific challenges of pupils in the context of London schools."
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue
There are no examinations.
This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
-Curriculum Studies (core, 30 credits)
-Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (core, 30 credits)
-School Experience to Progress Point 2 (core, 15 credits)
-School Experience to Progress Point 5 (core, 45 credits)
What our students say
“The course is well-structured and gives a solid grounding in the pedagogical disciplines needed for a career in teaching. However the highlight for me has been the quality of the subject tutors. All the tutors I have worked with have been highly knowledgeable, approachable and more than capable of pushing students to reach their potential as future teachers.” Martin Gadgill, trainee of our PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry
After the course
On successful completion of the course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for teaching science at Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14 years old) and Key Stage 4 (ages 14 to 16 years old), and your chemistry specialism at Key Stage 4. London Metropolitan's students have an excellent rate of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and finding teaching positions within six months of graduating. Our trainees have gone on to become chemistry teachers at schools including Cardinal Pole Catholic School, South Hampstead High School, Platanos College and more.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.
Moving to one campus
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University
campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.