Taught course

PGCE Secondary - Chemistry

Institution
Durham University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

At UCAS you can apply for this course by using the following code: F1X1

  • The equivalent of a UK lower second class 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
  • 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)
  • A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications, for example, access routes into higher education are welcome to apply
  • We welcome applications from mature applicants pursuing a career change
  • Pass the QTS Skills Tests by the first day of the course

Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to a selection day. Selection days will involve individual interviews with a pre-prepared presentation element and tests to assess written English and other skills.

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We believe strongly that to be able to teach successfully you must acquire a good understanding of the 'big ideas' of science as well as learning about how to teach science. The university-based time is therefore divided into two main parts:

Core Science - in all disciplines addresses your own understanding of the key concepts underpinning science.

Science Education Issues - looks at pedagogical issues relevant to how science is actually taught.

Core modules:

• Professional Issues in School Based Education

• Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum

• Self-directed Study.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250.00 per year
International students
£20,500.00 per year

durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
study@durham.ac.uk