Secondary Science (Chemistry) with QTS (11-16) PGCE
GOV.UK code: M757
How do we connect science to young people’s lives? Spark curiosity in the classroom and help young minds tackle challenges in chemistry. Inspire the next generation as you gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
From rates of reaction to nanoparticles, chemistry looks at the structure of the materials that make up everything around us. As a teacher, you’ll inspire pupils to value their science education and open their eyes to the answers chemistry provides.
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary science chemistry curriculum for the 11-16 age range. We’ll be there for you every step of the way as you work towards taking the lead in the classroom.
Our team will introduce the teaching methods and theory you need to develop into a competent, confident secondary school chemistry teacher. You’ll get support from your Personal Tutor whenever you need it, as well as guidance from your expert mentor and placement link tutor on placement.
What does it take to plan a lesson? How do you manage a classroom? Which teaching methods are most effective? Learn from our experts then apply what you’ve learnt to practice. During your 26 weeks on placement, you’ll plan, teach, and assess chemistry lessons with support from your school-based mentor.
Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) with QTS (11-16) programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
Subject knowledge enhancement
Want to boost or refresh your subject knowledge in chemistry? Our free subject knowledge enhancement course, tailored to your individual needs, will prepare you for teaching the conceptual and applied aspects of chemistry effectively to learners aged 11-16 years.
Professional practice placements
International students can apply
What you'll study
Develop into a creative and innovative science teacher as you take in critical teaching theory and explore different teaching and learning styles. Then put it into practice during 26 weeks of classroom-based development.
Start by discovering your subject strengths and areas for development, so we can help you to develop a plan to address any gaps in your knowledge. Then explore learning theories and different teaching methods as you plan, teach, assess, and reflect on the lessons you deliver.
You’ll learn how to choose between experiments and investigative work, group discussions, role play, project work, presentations and examinations as the most appropriate tool for that aspect of the curriculum. In addition, you’ll develop your teaching persona, learn how to manage behaviour and support pupil’s wellbeing as you decide how best to teach each group of individuals.
You’ll develop an excellent working knowledge of health and safety requirements, strategies for maintaining a quality laboratory work environment, and an excellent working knowledge of how to carry out practical lessons and laboratory experiments.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Module code: SSC4101
Module code: SEI100S
Module code: SSC4100
How you'll study
A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.
You will undertake extensive placements in schools, colleges and other educational settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in, and taking responsibility for, classes and working alongside your mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.
You will also develop your subject knowledge by participating in numerous activities. In the past, these have included visits to places of scientific and fieldwork interest, guest speakers and GET SET Challenge days in the North West.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed, through a balanced combination of coursework and portfolio assessments, against both academic criteria and the Standards related to QTS. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of English.
Your professional practice will conclude with a final viva that will allow you to demonstrate appropriate achievement against the Teachers’ Standards in order to allow us to make a recommendation for QTS.
Who will be teaching you
The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.
You will be taught by a dedicated team of knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and supportive tutors who have the welfare of their trainees as a number one priority.
To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have:
- A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. Other subjects may be considered if you have an A Level in a relevant subject (or equivalent qualification).
- GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification).
- Satisfactory levels of information and communications technology competence.
- A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.
For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.
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) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Read our guide to applying for PGCEs and Postgraduate Teacher Training to find out more about the application process.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.
Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.
The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.
Where you'll study
Faculty of Education
for the course
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. If you are a UK student joining this PGCE in academic year 2023/24, you may be eligible to receive a Department for Education bursary worth £27,000 if you have a first class, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree or have successfully completed a PhD or Masters award. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
After 12 months, you’ll leave us ready to work as an Early Career Teacher in secondary school science, specialising in chemistry.
This PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You’ll be ready to progress into employment as an early career teacher at secondary school level in science, specialising in chemistry.
With your academic credits and classroom-based experience you’ll also be well-placed to progress into MA, MRes or MSc study and on to PhD.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Changed requirement to have a A level in Chemistry to an A level in a relevant subject.
All current modules removed, to be replaced with:
Entry criteria updated to indicate that other degree subjects may be considered if applicants have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement.
The GOV.UK code for this course has changed. It is now M757.