Subject Knowledge Enhancement Chemistry


Course Length:8-28 Weeks Full-Time
Start Dates:July 2017, January 2018, April 2018, July 2018, January 2019, April 2019, July 2019
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop subject knowledge in Chemistry and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16;
  • Study on a free programme specifically for those with a place on a PGCE at any Higher Education institution or other provider in England;
  • Benefit from flexible study with one day a week on campus.

If you have applied to study a Secondary Chemistry PGCE at any Higher Education provider in England but require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you.

The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in Chemistry to prepare you to teach the conceptual and applied aspects of the subject effectively, with competence, enthusiasm and confidence, to learners aged 11-16 years. Trainees will be encouraged to prepare for teaching A-level topics where appropriate.

Different programmes are available and the most suitable structure for you will depend on whether you studied a degree in a science discipline or a degree in a non-science subject or biology. The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect the needs of each individual trainee.

The programme has three intakes per year. These include an 8-week course starting in July, a 16-week course starting in April, and a 28-week course starting in January.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

If your degree contains less than 50% science, or if your degree is in a biological science, and you wish to train as a chemistry teacher, then you may be able to enrol on this course. The actual length of the course depends on your qualifications and experience, and will be determined at a Needs Analysis session at the University. We will contact you to arrange this session shortly after we receive your application.

The course is designed to achieve the following:

  • Address gaps in your subject knowledge;
  • Inspire you to promote learning in chemistry that is challenging and engaging for all students;
  • Identify and build upon your prior learning, and develop your capacity for future self-study;
  • Enable you to recognise the links between the physical and life sciences and technology and engineering;
  • Develop your ability to support learners’ understanding of the rich narrative of physical sciences;
  • Develop your understanding of the relevant mathematical concepts and when to use them in teaching and learning of the physical sciences;
  • Develop your understanding of the place of health and safety in a chemistry setting;
  • Develop use of appropriate technology in teaching and learning.

How will I study?

The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect your individual needs. The course is divided into individual units, each requiring 50 hours of learning time, normally within a space of two weeks. This learning will be a blend of face-to-face sessions, online learning, and supported self-study.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal examinations. You will build a portfolio from directed activities.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on a PGCE at a Higher Education institution or another provider in England. Applicants from other providers will normally have a recommendation from their provider to obtain a place on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.


Tuition Fees

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement programme which is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. You may also be eligible to receive a bursary.

For further information about bursary eligibility, you can contact a Get Into Teaching adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use the online chat service at


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the application form (pdf).

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

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please call 01695 584796 or email

Course Changes

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No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.