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Postgraduate courses 2024/25

Secondary Education Science with Chemistry, PGCE

Want to be a secondary school science teacher? Begin your training at Greenwich with a secondary level PGCE in science.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to become a secondary school teacher of science, specialising in chemistry. You will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged 11-16 and beyond, benefiting from the vast knowledge of the Royal Society of Chemistry and its representatives. Your resources include free online continuing professional development (CPD) courses to support you in your career.

During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4. You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. By the end of the course, you will be formally assessed against the Teachers’ Standards to gain Qualified Teacher Status in addition to the PGCE qualification.

As part of The Department for Education's (DfE) recent review and reforms to initial teacher training (ITT), this course is currently subject to change. It is expected that this course will run in Sept 2024/5 with revised content and a new accredited awarding body. We expect to finalise these arrangements and be able to confirm and update the information displayed here on our website by the end of 2023, until this time the information listed here is indicative only and is based on accreditation and content for the course currently running this academic year.

This course is closed and no longer accepting new applications.

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School

Education

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in secondary education as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.
  • Your practical experience is gained in two schools, where you will develop your science and physics teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • What is effective learning? (20 credits)
  • How do we all learn, what is our role? (20 credits)
  • How do we plan for and evidence learning? (20 credits)
  • What is effective learning? Fundamentals of Practice Phase (0 credits)
  • How do we all learn, what is our role? Enhancement Phase (0 credits)
  • How do we plan for and evidence learning? Qualifying and Transition Phase (0 credits)

About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Secondary Education Science with Chemistry. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. 100% of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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We are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

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Applicants should have:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Further information about entry

Candidates must also:

Apply via DfE Apply

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two school placements. Here, you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and chemistry teaching with the support of a specialist teacher. In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 30-40. Lectures are normally attended by 100-110, and seminars/tutorials by 30-40.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and lesson planning. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education societies.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.

Assessment

Progress will be assessed through written assignments and observation of classroom teaching.

In order to qualify as a teacher, you need to meet the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, as set out by the Department for Education.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 N/A N/A
International £17,000 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, travel costs and photocopying, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes practical teaching experience in two contrasting schools.

How long is my placement?

Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.

What are the financial arrangements?

There may be a bursary available.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings such as teaching science and/or chemistry in a secondary school; Head of Science; teaching and learning responsibilities for cross-curricular projects; and STEM involvement and collaboration.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

We work with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. Also, we partner with the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons, who will train you in fieldwork. You will receive free resources & ideas on how to plan engaging lessons.

Pre-programme Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses will teach you specialist subject area; this will be a condition of your place on the programme (via approved providers). SKE courses can range from 8-24 weeks depending on need. You may also be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary.

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