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BSc (Hons) Secondary Science (Chemistry) Education with QTS*

Summary 2014/15

  • Specialise in a specific subject area which you will study in-depth and take advantage of in-school teaching opportunities;
  • Work towards subject specific competencies studying Chemistry to degree level;
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked top in the North West for academic support and in the top two in the North West for student satisfaction, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, and teaching in the National Student Survey 2013.

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' judgements made in all 33 inspection cells - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will train to become an outstanding professional teacher at secondary level and the programme provides you with an enjoyable, rigorous and relevant degree combining school and university-based work developing subject expertise across the sciences at Key Stage 3 with a specialism to teach at GCSE level and beyond in Chemistry. Experience in partner schools provides practical and realistic opportunities for you to develop and implement teaching resources and strategies, and build your professional competence.

Location: Edge Hill University
UCAS: X130 (2 years) or X131 (3 years)
Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
2-3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2014

2014/15 Entry Requirements

  • 3 years: 280 UCAS Tariff points. To find out how you can achieve this Tariff score, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers. An A level at minimum Grade C (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2 years: Relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Evidence of secondary school experience is recommended.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in mathematics or English.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

How do I apply?

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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Summary 2015/16

  • Specialise in a specific subject area which you will study in-depth and take advantage of in-school teaching opportunities;
  • Work towards subject specific competencies studying Chemistry to degree level;
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked top in the North West for academic support and in the top two in the North West for student satisfaction, assessment and feedback, organisation and management, and teaching in the National Student Survey 2013.

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' judgements made in all 33 inspection cells - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

* Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You will train to become an outstanding professional teacher at secondary level and the programme provides you with an enjoyable, rigorous and relevant degree combining school and university-based work developing subject expertise across the sciences at Key Stage 3 with a specialism to teach at GCSE level and beyond in Chemistry. Experience in partner schools provides practical and realistic opportunities for you to develop and implement teaching resources and strategies, and build your professional competence.

Location: Edge Hill University
UCAS: X130 (2 years) or X131 (3 years)
Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
2-3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

  • 3 years: 280 UCAS Tariff points. To find out how you can achieve this Tariff score, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers. An A level at minimum Grade C (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2 years: Relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Evidence of secondary school experience is recommended.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in mathematics or English.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education's standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

How do I apply?

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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Who is this course for?

The programme is for anyone who wants to teach Chemistry to 11-16 year olds and up to A2/VCE level or equivalent standard.

What will I gain from this programme?

On completion of this programme you will have recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing you to teach in a secondary school. You will also have practical experience in school and other settings.

What will I study?

You will study science subject application modules, giving you the skills to teach effectively in a secondary school, as well as personal and professional development, which is invaluable in equipping you with the skills and knowledge to become an effective practitioner. In your final year you will complete a school-based research project. You will also spend a significant amount of time in school as an observer and teacher.

You will study a range of topics across all three sciences, specialising in Chemistry:

  • Year 1: Mathematics for Scientists, Biology in Society, Concepts and Key Skills for Chemists, Mechanics and Energy;
  • Year 2: Cellular Genetics, Chemistry of Materials and Life Molecules, Fields Waves and Particles;
  • Year 3: Current Issues in Science, Green Environmental Chemistry, Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation.

How will I study?

You will learn through both your time in University and in school. All subject application and subject study take place in purpose-built modern laboratories so you can become familiar with scientific methods, apparatus and how to operate safely in an active environment.

Placement

You'll spend a significant amount of time on placement in schools where you will put your training into practice. During your time in partner schools, a trained mentor will guide your early development as a teacher of Chemistry. You will be attached to at least two different schools during the programme and a variety of teaching and learning methods are used to reflect good practice.

There is an emphasis on active participation, especially in your practical work, and also through discussion and presentations. We also recognise the wide variety of experiences that you will bring to the programme and place a high priority on the individual support you will need to broaden your knowledge across the sciences.

You will work with trainees from various areas, backgrounds and abilities. This will provide you with excellent experience in classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a range of highly qualified and experienced tutors who are committed to supporting you throughout the programme and providing you with the opportunities to succeed. Tutors are enthusiastic about their subjects and will model good practice to enable you to develop your own teaching skills and style.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves your teaching, practical work, projects, essays, presentations, seminar papers, a dissertation on an area of scientific interest chosen by you through discussion with a tutor, objective tests and written and practical examinations.

You will be assessed through programme work, based on your classroom experience, showing your ability to plan effectively, to undertake assessment and to develop your subject knowledge.

As you progress from observer to teacher in school you will be assessed through lesson observation reports against the Professional Standards for the Award of QTS.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates work in schools across the UK. We offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a newly qualified teacher and have a proven track record for trainees securing teaching posts.

Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Further study at Edge Hill University

Ongoing professional development is essential if you are to progress in your career and gain the skills you need to be a teacher who excels in the classroom. The Faculty of Education offer a comprehensive Professional Development programme from specific professional modules such as Positive Approaches to Managing Pupil Behaviour to a range of Postgraduate and Masters programmes.

During your ITT programme, we will carefully prepare you for your NQT year by helping to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill's Professional Development team will continue to support you through your NQT year and be available throughout your teaching career.

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A Great Study Environment

Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Edge Hill University campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.

Everything you could want is on one site with 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities, more than 1,900 rooms in halls of residence, and fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise. There is also a University library, providing you with access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and extensive PC and media provision.

You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:

  • Top in the North West for graduate employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013;
  • Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 and Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

Interview

Before you gain a place on this programme, you may be invited for an interview. This is to find out what you already know about teaching and whether teaching is for you. If you can, spend some time in a secondary school science department and look at the Science syllabuses for GCSE and AS/A2 Levels. We will want to hear about your knowledge of current issues in education and Science teaching and of the National Curriculum content.

You will need to take a written test to assess your science knowledge and your standard of written English.

Fees and Finance

Academic Year 2014/15

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2014/15, the standard tuition fee is £9,000 per annum.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for eligible prospective students that you may qualify to receive. The High Achievers Scholarship and Liverpool Scholarship reward outstanding grades and the National Scholarship Programme supports those from lower income families.

You can also apply for an Entrance Scholarship worth £2,000. Entrance Scholarships reward determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering.

If you excel in sport, you can apply for a Sports Scholarship worth up to £1,000 per academic year. Sports Scholarships celebrate talent, achievement and dedication in sport and are designed to enhance your sporting performance.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our talented and dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this programme in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2014.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only. Fees and finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Academic Year 2015/16

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2015/16, the standard tuition fee is £9,000 per annum.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for eligible prospective students which reward:

  • Outstanding examination grades;
  • Determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering;
  • Talent, commitment and dedication in sport.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this programme in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2015.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only. Fees and finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Not got the entry requirements?

If you would like pre-entry advice and guidance about your qualifications, please email study@edgehill.ac.uk or call 01695 657000.

If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required for this programme, Edge Hill University offers equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:

  • Sally Warnes, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
  • Tel: 01695 650933
  • Email: warnessa@edgehill.ac.uk

Overseas students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk for further information.


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