Taught course

Initial Teacher Training - Chemistry: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Health
Qualifications
PGDE

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific requirements
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme.
  • Original evidence of GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required if you are successful and form part of your conditions of offer
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

When to apply:

2022 Entry: Courses can be viewed on the government's Get into Teaching website from 5th October 2021, with applications opening 12th October 2021. Given the popularity of some specialisms and the limited number of places, we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Ability

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • depth of relevant subject knowledge
  • potential to work effectively at Masters level
  • ability to work with others in teams
  • ability to manage people and projects

Attitude

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • an interest and enthusiasm for their chosen subject area
  • an ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
  • commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
  • enthusiasm and resilience

Location

You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.

Selection events

Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and normally comprise:

  • an individual interview
  • a written task for PGDE Modern Languages
  • a subject specific task for certain subjects
  • an individual interview
  • a practical assessment in some subject areas

Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day. Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.

Prior to entry

You will need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course aims to develop inspirational teachers of Science who can enthuse learners in Chemistry by setting the subject content in real world contexts and emphasising the relevance of the subject to learners' everyday lives. You will prepare to teach Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Chemistry as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum, with complementary sessions aimed at consolidating your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Biology and Physics.

During your training you will focus on a variety of approaches and pedagogies used in Science education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share, with peers, your understanding of learning and identify teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. In addition you will then explore the signature pedagogies of Science such as practical and investigative work, modelling, and problem solving. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Science in the curriculum and identify your own personal philosophy of Science. Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world, and should excite in learners a curiosity about natural phenomena. The ability to apply logical thinking and use rational explanation are key transferable skills that learners develop through their Science lessons. The subject pedagogy sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in Science and to develop key skills and ways of thinking about the world through an application of the signature pedagogies of Science.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary Science students and are "hands on" with a strong emphasis on practical and investigative Science teaching. We focus on the "Big Ideas of Science Education" as identified by the Association for Science Education, which identifies ten principles that should underpin the Science education of all students. As well as broadening your own Science knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your Science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to Secondary Science students.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090