University of Birmingham Chemistry (F1X1)

PGDE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGDE with QTS

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGDE courses include credits towards a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
36 weeks
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/teacher-education/index.aspx

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About the course

The PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Chemistry course is noted for the support that it provides, and the quality of the partnership between schools and the University. This high status extends into the early years of teaching, where demand for trainees from Birmingham is high, and trainees stay in the job for longer than average. The course tries to develop an understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of Science and Chemistry. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach Science and Chemistry and make informed decisions about how you work with learners.

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd also known as a PGDE) rather than a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits towards a masters (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.

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Following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, you can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

School placements

School-based work is an important part of the programme, with students normally spending a total of 24 weeks in schools. During the programme you benefit from both carefully supported introductory work in different schools and the experience of spending a significant length of time in two schools.

The final assessment of teaching is based on the spring/summer term school placement. Assessment is shared between University tutors, staff responsible for students in schools, and external examiners. All aspects of your contribution to the life of the school are taken into account, in particular the teaching of your main subject.

During the course supervised experience and practice are arranged in schools of various kinds across the 11–18 age range. We are fortunate in being able to work with a wide range of partnership schools, including mixed comprehensives, single-sex schools, sixth-form colleges and our own University Training School (www.uobschool.org.uk). Many of the schools offer opportunities to work with pupils from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Science: Chemistry course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. We will expect at least of 50% of your degree to be chemistry relevant to the National Curriculum and you will require two science A levels (or equivalent).

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

You will need to undertake and pass your equivalency test prior to making an application. Please use this website to undertake the test: https://www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

In selecting candidates for a place on a University of Birmingham ITE programme, University and school-based colleagues look for:

  • Relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity
  • Strong subject knowledge
  • Relevant work/volunteering experience
  • Awareness of contemporary educational issues
  • Motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching
  • Responsibility, maturity, open-mindedness
  • Appropriate ethics and values, including equal opportunities awareness
  • Effective spoken and written Standard English
  • Commitment to teaching as a career.

Other requirements

  • have a GCSE in Maths and English (Grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification which must be attained before you make an application.

  • complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

  • complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

  • agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,450

When you apply for this course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and should ensure that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Our PGDipEd programmes include a significant amount of time spent on placements in a variety of schools at different locations, and so when budgeting to study you should also allow for travel to and from placements, as well as textbooks, printing, photocopying and stationery that you may need.

About the training provider

Our Primary and Secondary teacher training pathways prepare top graduates for a career inspiring learning and transforming lives. We work in partnership with a wide range of primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools across Birmingham and the surrounding authorities, to offer both core and School Direct routes into teaching.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as ‘outstanding’ for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors, reaffirming the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

Interview process

Selection is rigorous and designed to identify candidates with the strongest aptitude. Successful applicants will undertake an online interview where you will:

  • meet course tutors
  • find out more about the course
  • complete a written task (where relevant)
  • have a one to one interview
  • show GCSE and Degree certificates (where these are available).

We work closely with partner schools to select candidates and applicants will often have the opportunity to meet senior colleagues from partner schools when they join us for interview day.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Birmingham strives to be an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability, mental health or learning support needs, the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support Service can provide assistance to make sure you that you can access appropriate support. Find out more at: https://www.intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/student/your-wellbeing/disability/index.aspx

Contact this training provider

Email
iteadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 414 8167
Website
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/teacher-education/index.aspx
Address
Admissions
The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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