Degree. Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Chemistry. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree. GCSEs: You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview. Experience in educational settings: prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy. All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We also recommend you check the Department of Education website for the latest updates. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required. Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements. Who is this for? Graduates with non-chemistry degrees who fall short of the current entry criteria for subject knowledge at PGCE; career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack the subject knowledge in chemistry; those in the science industry who are thinking about teaching and who would like to be equated with school chemistry. Find out more by downloading the Chemistry SKE Course leaflet.
Months of entry
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training. We are committed to providing high quality university and school-led training. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges in the region and offer a wide range of secondary subject disciplines.
Our PGCE Chemistry has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality science teachers. Science teaching is a stated government priority nationally and therefore attractive bursaries are available to support your training (subject to confirmation of PGCE place and funding eligibility).
Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry SKE and booster courses for national priority subjects, including Chemistry. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.
This course is available via University and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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