London Metropolitan University Chemistry (F1X1)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) 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 PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/routes-into-teaching/postgraduate/

Contents

Course summary

This Secondary Science with Chemistry course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and to the Master’s Level PGCE. It prepares you to teach 11-to-16-year-olds and where possible, we give you the chance to gain experience in the 11-to-18 age range.

You’ll learn all the skills you need to start teaching in secondary schools, with expert guidance from our tutor team and with strong school placements to give you the experience to teach with confidence. You will gain an understanding of the relevant research which underpins the teaching of science and a critical view of competing claims for different pedagogical approaches.

You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of chemistry and to develop their interest in science generally. You will be able to open their eyes to the many potential career paths offered through study of this subject.

This PGCE course benefits from our convenient London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching, you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their computing skills.

We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. 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.

In the university-based sessions at our Holloway campus, you’ll learn teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques, as well as discovering the fundamentals of how pupils learn. These sessions will include collaborative projects and school-based projects with other trainees, learning about the principles of planning, teaching and assessment and will also make use of the university’s renowned Science Centre.

Throughout your school placements, your school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in the classroom. By gaining experience both in the classroom and at university, you have the chance to reflect on links between your own teaching practice and theory.

With its high-quality teaching, this course is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support trainees receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)

For more information please see PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry.

School placements

Placements for all teacher training routes offered or accredited by London Met are arranged by the University. We have a very broad range of partner schools located across the whole of London, though most are in North London.

Trainees undertake two placements (SEA and SEB) in two different schools, adding up to a minimum of 120 days in school. Once you’ve met the conditions of your offer, we will send you a placement form to complete about where you’re based, modes of transport you have access to and any other information, so that we can arrange placements that are appropriate for you.

If you’ve applied to a particular school, your placements may not necessarily be in that school but may be in partner schools attached to that school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

A UK degree, preferably grade 2.2 or equivalent, in Chemistry or related subjects including geology, metallurgy, chemical engineering and forensic science. If you hold a third class degree, you may still be considered, particularly if this qualification is supported by a completed Master’s degree or relevant work experience.

Your degree subject should be in chemistry or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Require GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent). If you need to take an equivalency test for any of the required GCSEs, please sign up for A Star Equivalency or Equivalency Testing. They offer all three GCSE equivalencies. Please be aware that you may need to undertake study towards the exam, either with the equivalency organisation or independently. Alternatively, you might want to sign up for a college course in the relevant subject, though this is likely to take longer and you may not have the chance for a re-sit, if required, prior to the start of the PGCE course.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring trainees. As a teacher, you’ll need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work and your specialism. You’ll need a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people’s lives and futures.

Ideally, you should:

  • be able to express why you want to teach
  • have visited a local school to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised
  • have participated in the School Experience Programme
  • be able to discuss current educational thinking and topics e.g. The Times Educational Supplement

Other requirements

All candidates are required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests. Trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.

Please note, we will need to see originals of documents and qualification certificates etc. It is usually possible to order duplicates if you no longer have the originals.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,000

You may be eligible for a tax free bursary or scholarship to undertake this course:

Bursary: £27,000 Scholarship: £29,000

To find out if you are eligible for a scholarship, please contact The Royal Society of Chemistry

International students will be able to apply for a university scholarship of £2,000.

Graduates of London Met can save up to 20% on their postgraduate studies with us. This discount is available to home, EU and international graduates of London Met.

For further details see the London Met website.

Financial support from the training provider

You can also explore funding options with the university.

About the training provider

London Met provides an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. We offer innovative, inspiring courses in a supportive environment. Our courses are delivered by knowledgeable industry professionals, with employment and completion rates well above the national average. Many students are offered employment in their placement schools.

We are particularly proud of our inclusive intake, with trainees from all backgrounds and experiences increasing the diversity of the teaching profession in our local communities.

Our most recent Ofsted report (2016) acknowledged the “inclusive, welcoming and open ethos”, and said that the “strong moral imperative, instilled by leaders with passion in their work, permeates all aspects of the partnership. Leaders attract local trainees, who in turn work and learn within the locality, and act as strong role models for the children and young people they teach.”

We offer a range of PGCE subjects at Primary and Secondary levels. We have also teamed up with partner schools and teaching school alliances across London and beyond to become a leading provider of the employment-based Graduate Teacher Apprenticeships.

University sessions are taught on our Holloway Road campus, which is easily accessible, with excellent public transport links via London Underground, Overground and national rail services.

Existing teachers with sufficient experience and support in their current school may consider the Assessment Only route to QTS.

Read further details on all these options on the London Met website.[https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/routes-into-teaching/postgraduate]

Interview process

All applications to London Met teacher training programmes, and those offered in conjunction by our Schools Direct partners, are checked and assessed at our Admissions Office based at our Holloway campus.

Interviews and essential maths and English assessments are currently taking place online. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview and to complete online maths and English assessments. If you’ve applied to multiple routes of the same course offered by London Met (ie directly to London Met and also to one of our partner schools) you’ll only need to attend one interview.

Interviews are undertaken by the tutor team who will be teaching you on the course. The interview will include a presentation by you and a discussion of the choices that you made in preparing it; there will also be a number of interview questions designed to gauge your skills, understanding, experiences and potential as a teacher.

Once you’ve completed your interview, we will normally confirm the decision within one week. If you’re offered a place at London Met, we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.

If you’re unsuccessful at any stage, the decision will be communicated via the Apply system. We do always indicate a reason as to why we haven’t been able to offer you a place and how you might develop appropriate skills and experience for a future application.

If you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the Admissions team on [ITT@londonmet.ac.uk]

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to be inclusive in our practice and welcome applications from everyone. We can offer support both at interview stage and once students have enrolled. London Met has a dedicated service to support students with disabilities, long-term medical or mental health conditions or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia.

Follow the link to our DDS Service to find out more.[https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/services-and-facilities/disability-support/]

Contact this training provider

Email
courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7133 4202
Website
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/routes-into-teaching/postgraduate/
Address
London Metropolitan University
Admissions Office
166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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