The Chemistry PGCE prepares chemistry student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range. We are committed to creative and interactive approaches to teaching science to promote engagement and learning.The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
Students will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, and will be guided and supported in developing their subject knowledge. We expect students to engage with reading and research into science education and to regularly reflect upon their own progress, towards meeting the teaching standards across the 11–16 age range.
Students on the Chemistry PGCE work with a team of expert subject tutors who have all previously been classroom teachers and are actively involved with science education research, curriculum development and consultancy. During teaching practice, student teachers benefit from the support of subject specialist mentors within our network of over 200 schools throughout Greater London and beyond, ensuring each has the opportunity to become a skilled and confident teacher.
The Chemistry PGCE offers opportunities including teaching sessions at off site locations such as museums and Kew Gardens, and possible residential trips, developing students’ understanding of learning science outside the classroom.
The Secondary PGCE full-time programme is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have fulfilled the appropriate entry requirements.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two subject-related Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools. Students may teach: Students may teach:
Key Stage 3: science (including elements of physics, chemistry, biology)
Key Stage 4: science (all areas) or chemistry (depending on school placement)
Key Stage 5: AS/A2 level chemistry