University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Science with Chemistry

Our PGCE courses in the Sciences (with Biology, Chemistry or Physics) will train you to teach up to GCSE level, with attention given to enhancing your subject knowledge as well as examining educational issues in teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society.

The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This means that successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% science content. A minimum of 2:2 is desirable although applicants with other qualifications or valuable experience will also be considered. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

Course modules

The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement
  • ICT in the classroom
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom management
  • Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning science
  • Special Needs and Inclusion
  • Assessment
  • Teaching and assessment

You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.

The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.

Assessment methods

The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you will be assessed on:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

Fees

Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299