Taught course

Secondary Science with Chemistry

University of Huddersfield · Department of Initial Teacher Education

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree in Science (2:2 or above). If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.

• Two Science A level passes at a minimum of grade C or equivalent, with one subject being Chemistry.

• A GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

• We would like you to have as much experience as possible in a secondary school in preparation for the course. We will ask you to provide a school experience report completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience.

• Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.

• You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.

• You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

• You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2017.

Months of entry


Course content

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a secondary school chemistry teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Science with Chemistry) could be for you.You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.

A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools.You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Chemistry is an exciting subject to teach and there are opportunities for well qualified chemistry teachers. It is a National Curriculum core subject and is taught throughout schools. The course will enable you to explore what it means to teach chemistry and develop ways in which you teach it. You will examine the best practice of chemistry teaching and use a range of teaching strategies to challenge and inform your students.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range.

Fees and funding

UK students

You can find more information about available training bursaries on the Department for Education's website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (F1X1)
+44 (0) 1484 478249