If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular the chemical and material world and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our science (chemistry) course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops.
We offer routes allowing a main specialism from biology, chemistry, physics or science (which includes Earth and environmental science) for key stage 4 teaching each requiring applicants to demonstrate particular capability in that area with relevant post-16 qualifications. However all science teachers need to show a willingness to contribute significantly to subject teaching outside this specialism. You will not necessarily be expected to enter the course with an expert knowledge of all areas; therefore top-up courses are available through the university during the course.
Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.
PGCE: programme structure
Profile of a successful student
Laura completed her PGCE in secondary science last year at University of Wolverhampton. She had always wanted to be a teacher but only after completing the student associate scheme as part of her Forensic Science degree at the University of Wolverhampton did she realise that she would enjoy working in the secondary sector more than with primary children. Having completed A’ levels in chemistry and biology, plus the Wolverhampton 10 day subject knowledge enhancement course she embarked on the programme with a good basis in these parts of the science curriculum. Initially a quiet student the university based sessions provided her with the confidence to tackle all groups of pupils proactively from the start of her placements. Her family and peers all commented on how much the experiences of the programme had developed her presence in all situations.
Early on in her second attachment she was offered a permanent post following the positive manner in which she had embarked on the placement. This she willingly accepted, despite similar offers from her first placement schools and a number of others.
She is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to organise her own classroom and shape the lives of future scientists.
Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.
Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.
Interview and Selection
The main purpose of the interview is to:
o give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
o explore your subject strengths and areas for development
o assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
o arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
o assess knowledge and understanding of National Curriculum for Chemistry in schools
o answer all of your question
Please view further information regarding interview preparation
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.
Please note that:
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
We wish you every success with your application.