Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


Train to become an outstanding teacher of Secondary Chemistry with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

If you are looking to develop into an inspirational teacher of Chemistry and have the motivation and the will to succeed, this is the course for you. This PGDE prepares you to teach Secondary Chemistry as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum.

In addition to sessions to develop your expertise in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Chemistry, you will attend complementary sessions to consolidate your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Biology and Physics. The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary science students and are ‘hands on’ with a strong emphasis on practical and investigative science teaching.

As well as broadening your own science knowledge, the sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you make your science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to Secondary science students.

Entry requirements

To join this this PGDE, you will usually have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Chemistry-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?
Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Chemistry because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Chemistry (and be eligible for the Bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Chemistry, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded knowledge enhancement course in the subject which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively.

Some offers may be conditional upon completing a subject knowledge enhancement course prior to commencing the PGDE, this will be discussed at interview. Additional requirements for the programme include:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).  
  • A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants

Course modules

The University-element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice ( a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
  • Subject Pedagogy in Chemistry (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
  • Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
  • Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes).

Assessment methods

School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still awaiting final confirmation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus
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Telephone number: 
0151 231 5090