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Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physics with Mathematics) PGCE

Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physics with Mathematics) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Chemistry (General) Biology (General) Mathematics (General) Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The Science PGCE course aims to: develop your understanding of the role of science teachers both within their departments and in their wider professional responsibilities; introduce you to current theories and practice in science teaching; help develop your academic and critical thinking skills to support effective science teaching and learning for all your students; help you set high expectations for yourself and your students; and help you to understand what contribution science education can make to the wider education of young people.

The Science PGCE is offered in four specialisms. You will need to apply for one of the following: Biology (Years 7-13); Chemistry (Years 7-13); Physics (Years 7-13); and Physics with Mathematics (Years 7-13).

Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations. In addition to your specialist subject sessions and core science sessions, you will be allocated to a mixed team of specialists from all science disciplines in order to develop pedagogy related to science teaching.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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

Applications are welcome from students with good qualifications at honours degree level, and from those with joint or combined honours degrees in which the related subject or a degree related to the life sciences is a major subject. In line with the majority of employment opportunities, applicants need to be prepared to teach across all the main sciences to GCSE level if they join the PGCE course. Applicants without Chemistry or Physics at AS/A-level would be expected to undertake essential background reading before the start of the course. All applicants must have achieved a Grade C or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE. You may apply without these qualifications, but if you are successful at interview you must have passed them by the start of the course. Special tests in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and English are available for Secondary candidates who are offered conditional places but are lacking the requisite qualification.

University information

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