Science is an exciting subject teach, and a great teacher can play a pivotal role in a child’s life. You’ll spend your days stimulating young minds and watching your pupils grow in confidence, so they can achieve their full potential. Teaching is a challenging career, but also one that’s incredibly rewarding.
Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least120 days (minimum of 24 weeks) on school placement,and 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.
Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice. And it will help you understand how pupils best learn science, so that you can support and guide them – and optimise your teaching. It will also allow you to develop your own strategies to make teaching science and chemistry an engaging and positive experience.
Degree Subject Chemistry or a closely related subject.
Degree Classification 2:2 or above preferred.
Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. A first degree or a higher degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject is recommended. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.
Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language and in Mathematics.
*Please note: It is up to the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.
STUDENTS FOR WHOM ENGLISH IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
The overall aim of the PGCE Chemistry course is to support you in developing into an effective teaching professional, capable of teaching chemistry to GCSE and A Level, alongside teaching general science in Key Stage 3.
Chemistry is a core subject in the school curriculum, and is studied by all children aged 5 to 16. Chemistry is particularly important as it underpins higher-level study of biology and medical science, as well as having strong links with physics. The course at UEA will include experiences designed to help you to develop a rich repertoire of teaching approaches, including the effective use of practical work and new technology. You will learn about the production and evaluation of teaching materials, how to use demonstrations, and the place of laboratory safety. Lesson planning and evaluation are covered with an emphasis on the management of practical work in the laboratory. Assessment is an important element in the PGCE programme, including assessment for learning. You will also get support for teaching outside your main science specialism.
All the work at the University is complementary to and integrated with the work undertaken in two placement schools. For your work in schools, you may be paired with a partner who has a different main science discipline, so you can learn from each other. To thrive on this course, you will be a graduate in chemistry, or a closely-related subject. You will be enthusiastic about the opportunity to share your love of chemistry with children and young people. You should be able to demonstrate that you have a strong enough background in chemistry to teach the National Curriculum – usually about half of your degree. There may be the opportunity to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in chemistry for strong candidates who need to top up their existing level of chemistry knowledge
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