Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Secondary Education (Science with Chemistry)

There is a national shortage of science teachers, and chemistry teachers in particular, but the university is helping to produce teachers who can inspire young people in the classroom; science is an important subject and the science with chemistry course at enables graduates to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach successfully, as well as explore the knowledge, skills and understanding young people need as part of their science education; as well as taking advantage of the superb facilities at the faculty, which includes information communication technology (ICT) provision, trainees have access to school-based facilities, enabling them to train in the environment in which they will be working.

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.2 but 2.1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, with a significant chemistry or chemistry-related content, for example from biochemistry or materials science; GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if candidates are offered an interview they will take a written test to assess their standard of English. Applicants who do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, should visit Equivalency Testing. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application; for entry onto a teaching course starting from September 2014, will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information; pre-Interview school experience; for secondary teacher training there is an expectation that applicants will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting; as part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of chemical sciences and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching; applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Course modules

Modules include: the individual learner; rationale for subject teaching; assessment at Key Stage 3; subject pedagogy; research.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments; trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the Teaching Agency for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); evidence for the QTS Standards profile is verified by mentors.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

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Key information

Course Enquiries Team
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