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PGCE Secondary Science Chemistry

PGCE Secondary Science Chemistry

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

36 weeks

Start date

SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Chemistry (General) Teaching (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our Secondary Science PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is a great way to develop outstanding teachers. Staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of science education. We train you to be thoughtful, creative teachers who care about children’s development and their capacity to understand and use science in their everyday lives and future careers.

Overview

Our PGCE Chemistry course will prepare you to teach chemistry to GCSE and 'A' level.

You will train as a science teacher who specialises in chemistry, so we will also prepare you to teach physics and biology to at least Key Stage 3.

Chemistry remains one of the most popular choices at 'A' level. In addition to being a key component of Science in the National Curriculum, it is also being offered as a separate GCSE option in many schools. The PGCE Secondary Chemistry option provides a pathway into teaching for good chemistry graduates who, ideally, also have a strong background in at least one other science at 'A' level. It is designed to prepare students for teaching all aspects of science to at least Key Stage 3, and chemistry at GCSE and 'A' level.

Teaching

We are leaders in Initial Teacher Education. Our unique approach to teaching PGCE is praised by OFSTED and cited as an example of best practice on their website.

We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training.

Modules

The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Science and Chemistry in the secondary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£19,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A typical student will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. They will have a good ‘A’ level grade in chemistry and ideally in another science subject. Most will have a good degree with at least 50% of the content related to chemistry. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered. Where necessary applicants may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. It is always very helpful to gain an understanding of what being a secondary school chemistry/science teacher involves through gaining some experience in a secondary school science department. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.

University information

The University of Exeter is a research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 25,000 students, 5,500 of these are postgraduates, studying across Exeter’s three main campuses located across...more