Chemistry lab

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

PGCE Secondary Chemistry

PGCE

About the course

Train to blow some minds by teaching one of the most exciting subjects on any curriculum. This course teaches you how to plan lessons, organise safe investigations, meet the needs of all pupils, manage the learning environment and undertake assessments. There are plenty of opportunities to carry out practical work in our spacious school laboratory.

In the first part of the course, the emphasis is on science in the national curriculum. In the later stages, you’ll develop your Key Stage 5 teaching with specialist tutors - learning how to challenge and motivate the range of learners staying on in schools and colleges.

Hull is one of the few universities in the country to provide the option of including your PGCE year as the first year of study for an MA in Educational Studies. You can then complete the MA part-time over the following three years, developing your professional expertise and career prospects.

Employment opportunities are very good since science is a shortage subject both nationally and locally. Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire prove popular destinations for our trainees, and you’ll most likely bump into some of our former students on your teaching practices.

We work with a range of schools over a wide geographic area, so you'll gain experience in different settings. Staff in the school will support you throughout your placement.

What you'll study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is an initial qualification in education for those who intend to have a career in teaching. Its three main threads are to

  • to provide you with the information, knowledge and skills to enable you to embark on a teaching career and become an effective teacher
  • to help you develop a professional interest in educational issues as the basis for further thought or training
  • to help your personal development in a critical year that bridges the gap between being a student (or doing some other form of work) and becoming a teacher

Assessment information

Theory

Assessment is based on a range of coursework assignments.

Practice

The assessment takes place in schools. You’ll also be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.

School experience

You'll spend a total of 120 days in schools during the programme, supported by school mentors, class teachers and University-based tutors.

Teaching staff

Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250

The way your course is funded depends on the route you take. 

You could access a Get Into Teaching bursary or scholarship. Your eligibility, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course but are not eligible to receive a bursary or a scholarship, you could be eligible for a tuition fee and maintenance loan.

The University currently subsidises travel to school placements, where the journey to the placement is longer than the normal journey from home to University. You will be expected to pay at least the first £5 (equivalent to the first 25 miles). For journeys over 25 miles per day, costs will be paid directly into your bank account.

We offer two ways to complete our PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School Direct training

The University works in close partnership with a wide range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances. You complete most of your school experience in one host School Direct establishment with a further 30 days in another school to ensure that you gain experience of different teaching environments. Academic theory will be delivered at the University campus.

School Direct institutions may offer

  • School Direct ‘training’ places to suit graduates who may be eligible for training bursary of up to £30,000.

  • School Direct ‘salaried’ places to suit graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You’ll be employed by the school and earn a salary as you train.

Provider-led training

The University selects the two schools in which you complete your school experience. We work in a range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances to ensure you are able to put theory into practice in high-quality, supportive settings. You may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £30,000 depending on your honours degree and the PGCE you select.

Entry requirements