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What makes PGCE Secondary Science: Chemistry at Worcester so special?

Unique opportunities to learn how to teach Chemistry in a newly refreshed course. We place an emphasis on experiential learning, where trainees undertake a wide range of activities then get the opportunity to plan how to deliver these in the classroom. Ensuring each activity is directly transferable to secondary teaching helps trainees to develop their confidence in content delivery.

The course is enhanced by continued support from the scientific professional bodies; Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Biology. Strong applicants are encouraged to apply for an RSC scholarship. Chemistry trainees also benefit from the University of Worcester being an RSC ‘Learn Chemistry Partnership Advocate.’

Key features

  • Refreshed course to embed the new curriculum and GCSE subject content
  • Practical and experiential based learning
  • Planning for pupil safety during investigations
  • Develop subject-specific digital technology skills including data logging
  • Trainees have the opportunity to practice teaching Biology and Physics.

NB Science: Chemistry is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, in a science-related subject or (where the degree is not science-based) a top-up Science qualification.
  • Grade C at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
  • 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable, but not essential.

For further information contact b.looker@worc.ac.uk

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have passed or booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the professional skills test pages on Get Into Teaching.

Professional studies sessions were well planned/organised and have been beneficial for my teaching.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Present to peers within and beyond the University.
  • Opportunity to join the Association of Science in Education.
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (96% in 2016); our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services

Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

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    Ben Looker

    Ben joined the University of Worcester in January 2016 after working in schools in Birmingham and Dudley as an Assistant Headteacher.

    He is passionate about ensuring teachers get the correct style of training to build resilience and skills and has written and run a range of courses aimed at improving teacher outcomes. He is the Chemistry lead and as such has a wide range of demonstrations which can be used to ignite passion and engagement in the learning of Science.

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    Janinne Delorenzo

    Janinne joined the University of Worcester in September 2015 having had ten years of experience working in local secondary schools, up to Head of Department level.

    She has experience of mentoring PGCE trainees as well as supporting NQTs. Janinne is passionate about engaging students in Physics education and is keen to develop teachers with a ‘can do’ approach to teaching and learning.

I enjoyed the opportunity to carry out my own research for assignment 4.

2016

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects (96% in 2016)
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2016/17: Up to £25 000 may be available. Visit the Royal Society of Chemistry website for Scholarships information.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport and sometimes, these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

You will be given the opportunity to attend and present at a ASE conference. The conference is for two days and costs (including ASE membership fees and accommodation) are around £120. Personal travel and food costs are also at your expense.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources. 

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS TEACHER TRAINING CODE:

F2X1

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?

 

Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.

 

Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography

 

Find out about the bursary.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Secondary PGCE Office

secondary@worc.ac.uk

Personal Academic Tutor

Ben Looker
b.looker@worc.ac.uk
01905 542841