About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Chemistry) programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach all three sciences to Key Stage 3 and your subject specialism to Key Stage 4.
In addition, we will help you to develop expertise that will enable you to teach all three sciences to Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and your subject specialism to Key Stage 5 (A Level).
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about this course and School Direct at UEA
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
- Giving a presentation
- A group interview
- Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
You will be based in schools two-thirds of the 38-week programme (120 days). On the School Direct route you will already know the Lead and partner schools in which you will have at least one of you placements when you are offered a place on the course.
The programme begins with structured observation in both secondary and primary schools in your local area.
During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you’ll gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice as you work in university and your two placement schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Find out more about the Financial Support available within our Essential Information section
Prior to submitting your application, you will need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C/4 or equivalent in English language and mathematics
- IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each component or an equivalent qualification, if your first language is not English
Prior to beginning the course, you will need to have achieved a degree or its equivalent. Approximately 50% of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach. A degree classification of 2:2 or above is preferred in Chemistry or a closely related subject.
Find out more within our Essential Information section
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
If offered a place, prior to the start of the course in September, all applicants will be required to:
About the training provider
Our motto is ‘Success for All’.
Ofsted judged our school as being outstanding, providing a very positive environment for learning which successfully supports the excellent academic and personal development of our students. We are very proud that they recognised not only the outstanding academic success but also our belief that the education for each student extends far beyond this, as they grow as individuals.
About the accredited body
UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities in partnership with our Accrediting Providers Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT and UEA .
Please contact Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT directly to discuss any access requirements for the courses that we offer with them.
UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Service
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