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PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) with QTS (11-16)

PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) with QTS (11-16)

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Chemistry (General)

Course type


Course Summary

From rates of reaction to nanoparticles, chemistry looks at the structure of the materials that make up everything around us. As a teacher, you’ll inspire pupils to value their science education and open their eyes to the answers chemistry provides.

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary science chemistry curriculum for the 11-16 age range. We’ll be there for you every step of the way as you work towards taking the lead in the classroom.

Our team will introduce the teaching methods and theory you need to develop into a competent, confident secondary school chemistry teacher. You’ll get support from your personal tutor whenever you need it, as well as guidance from your expert mentor and placement link tutor on placement.

What does it take to plan a lesson? How do you manage a classroom? Which teaching methods are most effective? Learn from our experts then apply what you’ve learnt to practice. During your 26 weeks on placement, you’ll plan, teach, and assess chemistry lessons with support from your school-based mentor.

Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) with QTS (11-16) programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.


The Effective Science Teacher: Explorations in Method, Policy and Theory equips you with a deep and broad understanding of contemporary secondary education. You will receive an insight into the ways in which the secondary education system in England has been moulded and shaped by evolving beliefs around pedagogy, education theory and policy, as well as examining the evolution of methods used for the delivery and assessment of educational content. You will develop a critical awareness of, and engagement with, current challenges in secondary education and gain the ability to advocate for robust and convincing solutions. An understanding of the policies, approaches and theories which shape current beliefs around best practice in teaching will ensure you are well equipped to anticipate the future trajectory of secondary education and help influence and respond to this process of continual change.

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Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. Other subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher. DBS Enhanced Disclosure is also required.

University information

Edge Hill University has been established since 1885 and continues to live up to its ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’. Students who opt to attend Edge Hill will benefit from an exceptional education thanks to its cutting-edge research, scholarship opportunities, contemporary facilities and most importantly its passionate, dedicated teaching staff. Students are empowered to craft their own future, learning in ways that work for...more