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Secondary Chemistry with QTS PGCE

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1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Chemistry (General) Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary


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.

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Entry requirements

2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent). Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum. 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 at grade C or 4 or above in English language and mathematics. We don't accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: adult numeracy and literacy, functional skills or key skills. However, equivalency tests in English, mathematics and science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education courses at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting as well as show the potential to develop as a teacher. Candidates should be able to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other educational settings. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. The University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and has 14 centres of research expertise. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned for its...more