London Metropolitan University
Chemistry (F1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/teacher-training-ite/

Contents

About the course

This Secondary Science with Chemistry course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to the academic PGCE qualification, which is worth up to 60 credits at master’s level.

By choosing to train with London Metropolitan University, you’ll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. We place an emphasis on teaching in an urban and multicultural environment, which is ideal for teaching in a city setting.

You’ll undertake two school placements of 10 and 14 weeks, giving you hands-on practical experience and skills to become a competent teacher of science for students in Key Stage 3 and chemistry in Key Stage 4. You may also have the opportunity to work with 16 to 18-year-olds.

During university-based sessions on our Holloway campus, you’ll develop teaching strategies, pedagogical techniques and discover the fundamentals of how children learn. These sessions include collaborative projects and school-based projects with other trainee teachers, as well as learning the principles of teaching and pupil assessment.

  • Curriculum studies will introduce you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach with these in mind. You’ll also ensure that your subject knowledge is up-to-date and relevant, plus be able to explore some of the latest education research.
  • Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) develops your understanding of the broader contexts of teaching, including the range of responsibilities on teachers. You’ll make links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), giving you a framework for meeting the needs of all students. By also undertaking a research project, you can engage with a topic of your choice in greater depth.

Throughout your school placements, our school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in the classroom. University tutors will also teach university sessions, ensuring the support is consistent. By working in both environments, you have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching practice and relate this to teaching 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.

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.

Due to COVID-19, 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 for the same subject) you’ll only need to attend one interview.

Once you’ve completed your interview, we will normally confirm the decision through UCAS 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 through UCAS. We do try to indicate a reason in UCAS as to why we haven’t been able to offer you a place.

If you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the Course Enquiries Team at London Met, even if you applied to a specific school for a course accredited by London Met.

How school placements work

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 legal 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.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,250

There may be some extra costs for books and learning materials.

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

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for financial support while you study. See the DfE website for further details of bursaries and scholarships available for this course.

You can also explore funding options with the university.

Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • a UK degree, grade 2.2 or equivalent, in chemistry or a related subject that covered a considerable proportion of chemistry; and
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 (or equivalent); and
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg London Met health check); and
  • to have passed literacy and numeracy tests, which are normally available to be taken once you’re invited to interview.

If your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements, you may still be considered. Please contact us for advice before applying.

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.

About the training provider

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

Our recent Ofsted report (2016) acknowledged the “inclusive, welcoming and open ethos”, and said that the “culture created by leaders combined with the tailored and personalised, pastoral support that trainees receive enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.”

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 offer PGCE School Direct places and the employment-based Teacher Apprenticeships.

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 https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/teacher-training-ite/

University sessions are taught on our Holloway Road campus, which is easily accessible, with excellent public transport links.

“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.” Ofsted 2016

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 https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/services-and-facilities/disability-support/ to find out more.

Contact details

Email
courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7133 4202
Website
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/teacher-training-ite/
Address
London Metropolitan University
Admissions Office
166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB

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