University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Secondary Science with Chemistry

During the course you study science in the curriculum and develop the skills and experience necessary to teach scientific concepts in a variety of ways. You attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the content of the science curriculum and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment. You explore a wide range of resources and teaching strategies available to present science in an interesting, informative and relevant way, including the use of practical and investigative work. You also examine the role of information communication technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning of science.The University works in partnership with local schools to provide you with a professionally focused course. You undertake 2 placements in different schools in addition to observation practice in a primary school. While in the school placements, you are supported by teachers who have extensive experience in teaching science.

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess a 2nd Class Honours degree or above in a relevant science subject, or a degree 50 per cent of which is in science. A-levels in science subjects are desirable. All applicants must have GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Applicants whose 1st language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0. All applicants should have recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school. Candidates who are successful in being shortlisted are invited to attend interview. This includes a written literacy test and an assessment to judge their suitability for teaching. All suitable applicants undergo a check by the Criminal Records Bureau.

Course modules

Professional practice: principles, values and perspectives (units 1 and 2); subject specialism: knowledge and pedagogy (units 1 and 2).

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy is based upon the premise that critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives as they apply to your own teaching is an intrinsic element of best teaching practice. Throughout the course, therefore, you continually are encouraged to explore what is known about teaching and learning, and to demonstrate independence and creativity in evaluating the relevance of that knowledge in your own context.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bedford Campus Bedford MK41 9EA South East

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