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You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum for 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.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: adult numeracy and literacy, functional skills or key skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
You will need to demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in the science curriculum. As a science teacher you will also have some capability in biology and physics.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course
We usually offer a 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 and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.
- An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a secondary school.
- An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers.
- Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to equal opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.
- Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.
A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school science curriculum for the 11-16 age range (all three sciences) and Chemistry to AS/A-level.
Science is crucial to the development and future prospects of children. Becoming a teacher is exciting and transformative. You can inspire the next generation of scientists and ensure all children value their science education. Developing scientific skills, curiosity and literacy enables children to understand the world around them so they can make informed decisions about their lives and have a say in society.
University sessions are led by specialist tutors and supported by excellent technicians. You will explore theory informed, up-to-date and practical teaching practices in our school-styled laboratories. You will learn how to plan, assess, reflect on and use research to continually improve your practice in a supportive environment. You’ll also develop your teacher persona, ability to manage behaviour for learning and support children’s wellbeing.
Some sessions are specific to chemistry but the majority occur in mixed specialism groups. Just like science departments in schools, we explore the connections across the sciences and share expertise.
There will also be guest sessions with alumni and experts from a variety of organisations. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS). The course is taught by highly experienced, research active, subject experts and supported by an excellent team of science technicians.
This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
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