The school direct Chemistry PGCE will help you to develop the professional skills and knowledge you need to teach all aspects of science to pupils at least up to age 16, as well as Chemistry to pupils aged up to 18.
The course is committed to creative approaches to teaching science, and you will be encouraged to develop resources during the programme. The experienced tutors at UCL IOE have previously been classroom teachers and heads of school science departments, and have worked in industry. They are actively involved in science education research, work on national curriculum development, and lead sessions for Science Learning Centre London.
You will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, particularly Chemistry, and the tutors will guide and support you in developing your subject knowledge. You are expected to engage with reading and research in science education and to regularly reflect upon your own progress.
The programme covers health and safety, management of teaching and learning in laboratories and outdoors, the use of ICT, facilitating small group discussion, meeting pupils’ special needs, and assessment. The facilities at the IoE include a suite of laboratories and a micro-computing laboratory.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.
You will undertake two school placements during your training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools.
UCL IOE is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All school direct trainees have full access to UCL student support services/facilities.
The school direct programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is students apply directly to the NRTA via the DfE ‘Apply’ service. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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