Nottingham Trent 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.ntu.ac.uk/teach

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Course summary

This highly practical course enables you to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience needed to build on a degree and teach at secondary level. The course will equip you to respond effectively to the issues currently affecting schools. We place a strong emphasis on developing your individual strengths and skills within the context of the contemporary education environment.

The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education; and
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained.

Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry onto a Masters course. Successful completion of the PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in schools or colleges. This practical teaching is supported by University lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials exploring learning and teaching in your subject and in the wider context. Trainees also engage in an independent research project that draws together academic and professional practice.

If you are passionate about science and wish to enthuse the next generation of young people, this course will allow you to fulfil your ambitions and become an excellent science teacher. The course is designed to combine your learning through practice, with an understanding of the theory underpinning effective teaching and learning. You’ll also study the use of assessment, out of school activities, and consider the implications of health and safety and safeguarding.

All trainees study the application of their scientific knowledge to teaching situations. University-based study is divided into four areas. This includes science education and the methodology of biology, chemistry and physics.

School placements

School or college experience is central to the Secondary PGCE at NTU. It is usual to spend a minimum of 24 weeks on placement in at least two secondary schools or colleges. For both placements, training is planned by mentors to enable students to attain QTS. This practical teaching element is assessed on a regular basis via formal observation by a school mentor and a University tutor, enabling us to monitor each individual trainee’s progress and effectively support their development. We are in partnership with a wide range of schools so your placements may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations. This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree should contain at least 50% of which is in the subject you wish to teach or in a closely related subject. In exceptional circumstances applicants may be considered who do not have a strong degree match, but who have other relevant qualifications, including an A-level in the subject and extensive professional 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.

We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com or astarequivalency.co.uk.

Other requirements

You’ll need to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and complete a Fit to Practise (FtP) questionnaire.

Every provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is required to check that an applicant is safe to work with young people under the age of 18, and is fit to practise as a teacher, before fully enrolling them onto their ITT course. It is a condition of your enrolment that you clear these checks, and complete a response to our simple FtP questions so that we can determine whether support is needed. Further details are provided through our enrolment procedures.

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 £15,200

Tuition fees for 2022 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2021 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government

About the training provider

Nottingham Institute of Education at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning and development professionals. Our reputation is long-established - we’ve been training teachers and educational professionals for over 60 years.

Why choose NTU?
Working with schools
We have extensive partnership links with over 600 partner schools and institutions. These relationships enable you to gain a wide experience of teaching in many different educational environments. Experiences vary from city centre to suburban and semi-rural settings, laying a solid foundation for future professional development.

Experienced lecturers and informed courses
Learn at the forefront of your industry with courses designed and delivered by research experts and leading practitioners in the education field. Not only is your course informed by the latest thinking, but you will also learn from people with a real passion for their subject.

Specially designed teaching rooms Our specially designed teaching rooms simulate classrooms. These learning spaces help prepare you for teaching by giving you a real sense of being in a school.

Student diversity
NTU is helping to build a teaching profession that reflects our society. It is important that young people and adults are educated and inspired by teachers who reflect the diversity of our communities. We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and faiths.

Interview process

Interviews for 2023 entry may be conduced online or in person.

You will be provided information regarding set tasks which need to be completed prior to the interview day. These will form the basis of some discussion at the interview, including a discussion centred on an activity where you have planned a short lesson.

You will have an individual interview with one of the course tutors. The interview will focus on your personal qualities and skills, your suitability for teaching, your experience of working with young children in school settings and your current studies or employment. You may be required to do other tasks during your interview, such as a presentation based on your teaching subject area, or a group activity.

You will complete an English task of your reading and writing ability so we can ensure that you have a good and accurate use of Standard English.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

You will receive plenty of support for your school placements, with planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues. You can also access a range of services at any time, including Financial Support Services, Counselling, Disability Support, Support, Mature Student Support and Mental Health Support.

Contact this training provider

Email
ttapplications@ntu.ac.uk
Telephone
0115 848 4200
Website
http://www.ntu.ac.uk/teach
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 4FQ

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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