University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (Chemistry)

Like the PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers 120 credits at Master�s level; thus following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies; the teaching and learning of science is complex and an effective teacher needs to be able understand how children learn and how a range of approaches enables this to happen; this course aims to equip the student to be able to do this through a carefully designed programme of workshops, seminars and practical sessions which let the student experience the methods and resources they can use; students explore the place of science in the school curriculum, what students are required to learn, the difficulties and misconceptions they have and the strategies that can facilitate their learning; through this students learn how to plan effective lessons, assess the success of those lessons and manage the children that the student works with; students also learn how to critically reflect on their own practice to ensure their own professional development; as science teachers are required to teach across the sciences at Key Stage 3 there is a science component in addition to the student�s subject specialism; teaching the science content to PGDipEd students is not the primary aim of the course although the generic and specific requirements are addressed through various scientific phenomena.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 50 per cent is chemistry relevant to the National Curriculum; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; applicants should also have at least 1 good A-level pass in a science subject other than chemistry; students must also provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases:preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.

Qualifications

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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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