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.
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.
This programme will cover health and safety, management of teaching and learning in laboratories and outdoors, the use of ICT, facilitating small group discussion, meeting pupils’ special needs, and assessment. Our facilities include a suite of laboratories and a micro-computing laboratory.
The Chemistry PGCE offers unique opportunities including teaching sessions at off-site locations such as museums and Kew Gardens, developing students’ understanding of learning science outside the classroom.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two 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.
The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via a programme of ‘Debates in Education’, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education, as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Student teachers undertake at least two placements (totalling 120 days) at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.
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