At UCAS you can apply for this course by using the following code: F1X1
- The equivalent of a UK 2:2 honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of science or a similar subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved by the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC (ecctis.co.uk/naric/).
- Significant and relevant subject knowledge and recent experience of the science teaching environment. This should be demonstrated at both application and interview
- A levels or equivalent in at least two science subjects should your degree have less than 50% relevant subject knowledge and wish to apply for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE)
Your interpersonal qualities and your potential to achieve professional skills relating to the Teachers' Standards will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to an interview. The interview processwill involve an individual interview with a pre-prepared presentation element and a series of tasks designed to illustrate your potential to meet the Teachers' Standards by the end of the course.
Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply will be provided.
If you have a criminal record of any kind, you may contact the School of Education DBS Manager, Caroline Emery, for further advice and information. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.
We strongly encourage you to register for the DBS Update Service, which lets you take your certificate from one employer to another without having to apply for a new check.
Please note, all DBS Enhanced Disclosures for our students must be processed by Durham University unless you have applied to the Update Service.
Months of entry
The PGCE Secondary – Chemistry equips you to become a confident and inspiring chemistry teacher with the skills to bring this highly practical subject to life. When you spark an interest in chemistry you open the door to a wide range of science-based careers to our future innovators.
The course is accredited by the DfE, and upon successful completion you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded as ‘Outstanding’ for all aspects of our provision.
At Durham, we believe that to truly inspire the next generation of scientists, you need to be up to date with the current ‘big ideas’ in science, so your University-based time is divided into two key areas:
- Core Science – addressing your own understanding of the key concepts underpinning science.
- Science Education Issues – looking at the pedagogical issues relevant to how science is taught.
The PGCE is aligned with the research focus of the department, offering up-to-date, relevant materials to support you as a developing teacher. It is delivered using a blended approach, starting with an online interactive resource that introduces key Initial Teacher Education (ITE) themes such as behaviour management, assessment, SEND and inclusion, before moving on to chemistry-specific themes.
The course has been developed in partnership with schools, and offers a strong practical element. You will start in one of our partner schools where you will work with expert staff to build the knowledge and strategies you will draw on during your teaching placement. A substantial part of the year (120 days minimum) is spent in school, bringing together the theory and application elements of the curriculum.
Please note that the course does not run to standard university terms. It is delivered full-time, starting in early September and continues over 10 months.
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum – Generic Issues in School Based Education provides a critical understanding of models of teaching and learning and the theories that underpin these models. You will explore: research evidence for effective teaching and learning in the classroom; the teacher as reflective practitioner; teaching for understanding; creative dimensions of teaching and learning and; the teacher as an active researcher.
Self Directed Study – Subject Specific Issues in School Based Education uses research strategies learned on the course to examine a topic or issue of professional interest, deepening your knowledge and understanding of the area. This module draws together elements from other areas of the course and makes connections between university-based and professional school-based experiences.
The predominantly classroom-based Professional Issues in School Based Education fosters a critical understanding of issues related to the development of professional competence as a teacher. Areas covered include: effective teaching strategies; managing the teaching and learning environment; enhancing professional development; and creative dimensions of teaching and learning.
Information for international students
If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
Fees and funding
For further information see the course listing.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details