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Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) – Chemistry

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) – Chemistry

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Chemistry (General) Sciences Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

This PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Chemistry course is noted for the support that it provides, and the quality of the partnership between schools and the University. This high status extends into the early years of teaching, where demand for trainees from Birmingham is high, and trainees stay in the job for longer than average. The course tries to develop an understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of Science and Chemistry. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach Science and Chemistry and make informed decisions about how you work with learners.

Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the University. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own teaching.

The teaching and learning of science is complex and an effective teacher needs to be able understand how children learn and how a range of approaches enables this to happen. This course aims to equip you to be able to do this through a carefully designed programme of workshops, seminars and practical sessions which will let you experience the methods and resources you can use. You will explore the place of science in the school curriculum, what students are required to learn, the difficulties and misconceptions they have and the strategies that can facilitate their learning. Through this you will learn how to plan effective lessons, assess the success of those lessons and manage the children that you will work with. You will also learn how to critically reflect on your own practice to ensure your own professional development.

As science teachers are required to teach across the sciences at Key Stage 3 there is a 'science' component in addition to your subject specialism. Teaching the science content to PGDipEd students is not the primary aim of the course although the generic and specific requirements are addressed through various scientific phenomena.

The School of Education collaborates with the University of Birmingham School to offer a number of activities designed to enhance pupil experiences of learning science and your experience of learning to teach science. Examples of these activities include field trips, master classes and small group teaching.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


36 weeks

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Science: Chemistry course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. We will expect at least of 50% of your degree to be chemistry relevant to the National Curriculum and you will require two science A levels (or equivalent). All candidates need to have: GCSE in Maths and English (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification which must be attained before making your application; pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach; complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach; agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.