University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Secondary Education (Chemistry)

This course enables students to be an effective teacher; the course helps students to develop understanding and skills in 3 main areas: how to teach: students learn a range of teaching strategies and skills, including lesson planning, effective management, assessment, questioning, explaining and the effective use of information communication technology; what to teach: students consider the important questions such as, what is the nature of science? what difficulties do pupils experience? and what does a meaningful science curriculum look like?; what being a professional involves: students gain insights into the complexities of teaching and learning and how to critically reflect on own and others' practice, in order to ensure the student's own professional development; successful completion confers Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the opportunity to gain credits towards a Master's in education.

Entry requirements

All applicants are required on entry to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification; normally it is expected that 50 per cent of the degree is in the subject the student wishes to teach; other requirements: in addition students must hold English language and mathematics at GCSE: grade C or above; if the student does not hold these at the time of application, they must be obtained before the start the course; admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report as the student is required to meet the standards of Fitness to teach; Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure: all applicants are offered a conditional place on the programme and have to complete forms for this disclosure; in addition, students are required to disclose any previous criminal record.

Course modules

A period of school experience, performing a variety of tasks and observations, and beginning to teach student�s subject specialism; a 13-week period of teaching practice during which students teaches up to 2/3 of a conventional teaching load;� a school-based inquiry which is an opportunity to reflect upon and develop skills and insights gained during the course; at the University students attend lectures and seminars addressing: the specifics of teaching a chosen main method - that is, the student�s subject specialism; cross-curricular professional studies including: school improvement and school effectiveness; the physical, social and emotional development of pupils; pupil behaviour and social issues in education; professional conduct and continuing development as a teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Education Nottingham NG8 1BB East Midlands

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