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PGCE Science with Chemistry

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Chemistry (General) Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Teaching children of all backgrounds will open doors to fulfilling and fast-evolving careers, from medics to new materials design, environmental chemists to toxicologists. Every child deserves to be taught by expert teachers who know not only their subject in detail but more importantly how to teach it.

This is your chance to share your passion for your subject and inspire the next generation. We will also train you to be confident in teaching all three sciences thus including Biology and Physics to GCSE level. Our PGCE Science courses will give you the opportunity to deliver hands-on practical activities and in-depth explorations of the curriculum to best support your own teaching.

Our vision is to develop skilful and resilient teachers who are experts in science pedagogy, and 21st-century skills driven. We focus on subject-specific knowledge, up-to-date teaching practices which are based on the most recent research, and, most importantly, your specific needs as a trainee teacher.

All our PGCE Secondary courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

About this course

Our PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry course prepares you to teach in the 11 - 16 age phase. It may be possible to gain experience of teaching post 16 during your PGCE and the qualification does not preclude you from teaching post 16 once employed. There are two stages to your PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry course.


At the end of each placement your school mentor, who will have supported you throughout your time in school, will assess your practice, using evidence from the whole of your time in school, including observations, lesson plans and marked work.

You’ll complete a progress portfolio to collate evidence of your teaching practice. At the end of the course, we will use this evidence to show that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.


Three months of integrated training, in which you’ll spend three days a week, then four days a week in Stage A school. The other days will be spent learning with your peers, in order to support you to become a skillful and resilient teacher who is expert in Science with Physics pedagogy.

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree with a significant proportion in Chemistry. GCSE Grade C (or 4, or accepted equivalent) in English and Mathematics. Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools. Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher. The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English. The capacity to meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme. NB: Candidates with third-class honours degrees will be considered on an individual basis, and normally only if candidates have additional qualifications and/or significant relevant professional experience. Strong applicants also have experience in secondary schools. In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have: Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in Chemistry; Experience of observing the teaching in a secondary school in this country.

University information

Leeds Trinity University is found six miles outside Leeds city centre and has been providing quality higher education to students for almost 50 years. The University is proud to provide a supportive community for each student and places a lot of emphasis on employability. Previous postgraduate students have gone on to become award-winning journalists, published authors and leaders of their industry. Whether students are looking for a...more