University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Science with Chemistry Enhancement)

This course attracts 60 credits at Master's level; the course is designated 11-16 with the option of receiving enhancement at post 16 level in chemistry; successful completion of the programme enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) subject to passing skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information communication technology (ICT).

Entry requirements

Honours degree (2.1) of which a significant part is in chemistry; the course prepares trainees to teach science at Key Stage 3 with chemistry at Key Stage 4 with possible enhancement to A-level; all candidates must demonstrate a willingness and ability to extend their subject knowledge; applicants must have gained GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and English language (or equivalent); it is desirable for applicants to have A-level(s) or equivalents in science; school experience: applicants should have the equivalence of 2 weeks experience in a state secondary school before starting the course, this could include observing teachers in their chosen subject specialism, taking part in working with pupils and reflecting upon the process of education; once a training place has been offered trainees subject knowledge can be strengthened by an enhancement course in physics or chemistry lasting 2 to 4 weeks; these run between June and September prior to the PGCE course start date.

Course modules

Subject enrichment week: falls in the block between the 2 school placements; this has been designed to consolidate and extend particular aspects of subject knowledge; there is a link with the City Learning Centre to produce a science fair which enhances trainees knowledge of the cross phase between key stage 2 and 3 as well as their subject knowledge and pedagogy; there are also opportunities to experience a variety of out of the classroom activities for key stage 3, 4 and 5 in a range of locations; school experience: students are allocated to 2 schools from the University's secondary school partnership, in which they are expected to complete their training, and where they can demonstrate standards for the award of QTS; these 2 substantial school placements of 60 days each are framed by relevant University sessions, and progress is closely monitored by a mentor at the school.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Lesson observation feedback; development of subject knowledge; assignments and the submission of professional files.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

Key information

PGCE Secondary Admissions