About the course
Chemistry is a subject which can fascinate and inspire children. It feeds their natural curiosity and supports them in developing their understanding of the natural world. Science teachers are in great demand and this course appeals to graduates who are passionate about Chemistry but want to develop the skills and understanding to teach science across the curriculum.
Our Chemistry teacher training course begins with a stimulating mix of chemistry, biology and physics education. You will then focus fully on Chemistry, allowing you to specialise in the teaching of Chemistry at Key Stage 4. Teaching science at Key Stages 3 requires competence across the entire range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science.
Through this course, you will gain the understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective Chemistry teacher in a secondary school setting. You will also develop the awareness and ability to transfer these skills and teach in subject areas across the science curriculum (such as Biology and Physics at KS3).
The course gives you a strong understanding of how and why to teach Chemistry in secondary schools whilst also enabling you to appreciate the unique aspects of other science specialisms in order to develop your confidence in teaching across the science curriculum. Middlesex University also has dedicated subject tutors who have established strong relations with external specialists and partnership schools who will deliver contemporary and subject specific training sessions.
If selected you would be required to attend an interview at the host school. This will include:
- a tour of the school
- literacy/numeracy tests
- classroom/teaching exercise
- panel interview
You may be asked to teach a short segment of a lesson, in which case full details will be provided in advance. Do not worry! This is an opportunity for us to see you in a classroom setting, and we are fully aware you may have had no previous teaching experience. The lesson may not go as planned, but it's important to be honest with your thoughts when we ask you about the lesson during the subsequent interview panel.
Further details of the interview structure will be emailed as part of your interview confirmation.
If you are successful at the school interview (Stage 1), our university partner will review your application and the interview paperwork before potentially ratifying the decision. Following a review of your application, the university may call you for Stage 2 of interview at the university if there are any aspects of your application that they wish to explore further (e.g. concerns over the extent of your subject knowledge).
If you are rejected at Stage 1 (school interview), we will contact you and upload the rejection to UCAS including reasons for the rejection that you (alone) would be able to see.
If you are rejected at Stage 2 (university interview), the university will get in touch to outline the reasons for their decision.
How school placements work
Your training will be predominantly based at the host school, your employing school other than
- every other Monday you will be at the university throughout the year
- your second placement at another school for approx. 6 weeks in the second term, i.e. after Christmas.
Through an initial programme of observations and research you will become familiar with the organisation and working of the school and department (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).
From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of the teaching staff by fellow professionals. With your departmental mentor and Professional Coordinating Mentor (PCM), you will feel supported as you progress and become ready to teach as the placement progresses. Our mentors are experienced teachers and undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills to support your development as a teacher. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children and young people in a familiar environment.
Your shorter second teaching placement is intended for you to apply and develop your teaching skills whilst also widening your experience of the school system in a new context. We would endeavour to ensure that this second school is one of our HCTSA partner schools but cannot absolutely guarantee this. Please be assured that the quality of the training will be quality assured by the HCTSA and the university. You return to your host school after this placement.
While in your main host school and during your second placement, your university tutor will visit to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme.
The successful candidate will be paid a full-time salary by the employing host school on the non-qualified teacher pay range, at a level depending on your qualifications and experience.
The tuition fee for this course will be covered by the employing school.
Trainees on salaried programmes are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
- 2:2 or above Honours Degree in the subject you wish to teach (or a closely related discipline)*
- Strong academic record at A-level*: at least grade B* in the subject you wish to teach (or grade C* if you can demonstrate academic progression since A-level*).
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above*.
Applicants may be accepted if they have other relevant experience (e.g. work experience).
Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to confirm qualification equivalents if you studied outside the UK.
You should be:
- Enthusiastic about your subject;
- Able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English;
- Open to advice and positive professional criticism;
- Diligent, organised, smartly dressed, punctual and committed to full attendance;
- Able to shoulder individual responsibility and work collaboratively;
- Committed to equal opportunities;
- Willing to work with pupils beyond the school day.
You should also have:
- Basic computing skills, with a commitment to developing these;
- Good health, physical and mental;
- A sense of humour;
- A vision of teaching more than just giving information or crowd control
We strongly encourage you to undertake school experience observation in UK secondary schools before applying. Although this is not mandatory, this will enable you to explore your motivation to teach, and your understanding of what teaching is like, when you are discussing this at interview.
This school experience does not need to be in the school you are applying to, but should be in the subject you are planning to teach (or a closely-related discipline).
All teacher trainees will undergo an Enhanced Criminal Records check, Health checks and Prohibition to Teach checks. Further information can be obtained at interview.
About the training provider
The Harrow Collegiate Teaching Schools' Alliance (HCTSA) is comprised of a wide range of high performing Outer London secondary schools, committed to transforming young people's lives through inspirational teaching. We are an innovative and growing partnership with schools in Harrow, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Edgware and Hillingdon (click for a map of our schools).
We are looking for exceptional candidates with a passion for your subject grounded in academic achievement as well as a deep commitment to working with young people to enhance their life opportunities through education.
Whitmore High School is the Lead School, and partner schools include Alperton Community School, Avanti House School, Bentley Wood High School, Canons High School, Harrow High School, Hatch End High School, Haydon School(http://www.haydonschool.com/), Kingsbury High School, Kingsley Special School, Nower Hill High School, Park High School, Regent High School, Rooks Heath College, Sacred Heart Language College, St. Mary's & St. John's School and Whitefriars School.
We offer the opportunity to train with experienced teachers in dynamic learning environments that foster talent. We have extensive opportunities for professional development including an excellent Masters Programme with St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.
In addition, we offer:
- Genuinely comprehensive schools where you would gain experience of both challenging pupils and some exceptionally high achievers;
- School-based tutorials led by experienced Leadership team members and school staff;
- The chance to train amongst highly committed, positive, professional staff;
- The opportunity to become part of a school community, gaining understanding of the richness and complexities of teaching.
About the accredited body
The School Direct programme at Middlesex University allows trainees to benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across many disciplines.
The team at Middlesex University are dedicated to supporting you throughout your training and work in close liaison with schools to ensure an excellent experience for all trainees.
All programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used towards a master's degree in the future. This enables you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching.
Training with disabilities and other needs
HCTSA and our partner university are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities. The HCTSA invites you to contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged – email@example.com
Middlesex University offers advice and support to their trainees who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Avanti House Secondary School
Wemborough Road, Stanmore HA7 2EQ
Hatch End High School
Headstone Lane, Harrow HA3 6NR
Nower Hill High School
George V Avenue, Pinner HA5 5RP
Rooks Heath College
Eastcote Lane, Harrow HA29AH
Whitmore High School
Whitmore High School, Porlock Avenue, Harrow HA2 0AD
Support and advice
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