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Secondary Chemistry with QTS - PGCE


Course Description

The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession (see course calendar below).

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher in Chemistry and Science. Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Features

-High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision
-English and Welsh medium student provision
-We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
-Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales
-Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors
-Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students
-Post-course CPD opportunities
-We have the best employment rate throughout Wales

The course covers training in a wide variety of teaching techniques with opportunities to try ideas out in the partner schools. This course will equip trainees to teach Chemistry within the 11-18 age range in a variety of schools and colleges (including Welsh medium if requested). The course provides you with training to teach Chemistry up to the A and AS examinations and all the sciences up to at least Year 9 of the secondary school.

The fundamental aims of the PGCE Chemistry programme are to develop the skills of a trainee Chemistry/Science teacher who is able to reflect on practice gained through teaching experience in school; who can analyse that experience in the light of discussion with mentors and others and also in the light of their reading; and evaluate their practice effectively to demonstrate gradual improvement in the standards of their own teaching and pupils' learning.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Chemistry graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Cardiff High School, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr (Swansea), Caerphilly County Borough Council, Camborne Science and International Academy (Camborne), Ysgol Uwchardd Aberteifi (Cardigan).

Visit the Secondary Chemistry with QTS - PGCE page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Robert Abraham

2014 PGCE Chemistry graduate Robert Abraham says: “Science is a key aspect of everyday life and therefore understanding of this subject is vital to modern life.” He describes spending time in the classroom with pupils on teaching placements as the highlight of the course. He has received support from both his university tutor and school mentor to help him negotiate the course. “Both my mentors have been vital in getting me this far.”

Robert has also gained experience of being involved in a school parents’ evening, providing him with “a good insight into pupil’s home life”. His other main extra-curricular activity is slightly more unusual, but has proved equally beneficial. “I have run a martial arts class, which allowed me to develop a closer relationship with pupils. - Robert Abraham, PGCE Chemistry


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Entry Requirements

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected. The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline. A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as Btec advanced will also be taken into account.

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