University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Science (Chemistry, Physics and Other) Subject Knowledge

This course is for people who need to improve their science subject understanding before starting a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. The structure of the course will vary according to whether you want to teach chemistry, physics or another science. You should have at least an A Level in the science subject that you intend to teach, and, you should have already received a conditional offer for initial teacher training (ITT). You will complete this preparatory course ready for starting ITT in September. When you successfully complete your ITT, your career prospects will be very good. There is no tuition fee for this course, and you will be paid a bursary while you are studying on the course.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (at least a 2.2); an A Level, or equivalent, in a relevant science subject. You should also have a place or be applying for a place on an initial teacher training programme.

Course modules

You will complete a series of units which will equip you with essential subject knowledge, ahead of a one-year initial teacher training (ITT) course. This course runs for up to 36 weeks and will complete in time to ensure that you are ready to start your ITT in September.

Assessment methods

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, independent work, distance learning, directed tasks, written assignments and presentations. We encourage you to undertake voluntary work experience in a school.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Enhancement Course Full-time - 8 weeks

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