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PGCE Secondary Science

NB: This course is closed for 2020 applications. Applications will reopen in September for 2021 entry.

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

Alumni will receive a fee-waiver of £1,000.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

 

Entry Requirements

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.2 or above in a subject where the content is at least 50% science. 

The course co-ordinator welcomes contact from applicants who would like to discuss the suitability of their degree and their specialist options. 

There are various subject knowledge enhancement courses available for students who need to improve their subject knowledge in specific areas. 

These can also be discussed, either before application or at interview. 

All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths. 

All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.

GCSE Equivalency: We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.

We are offering a £1000 fee-waiver for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

Student view

Charlotte

I am extremely pleased I chose to do my PGCE Science with Chemistry at UOC. I have been supported from the moment I popped into the open day to find out more; as a mature student coming back into education after such a long time, I was more than a little nervous. Jonathan, Kay and the Professional Studies Team have been behind me 100%. Thank you!

Bianca

At times you will doubt yourself and wonder why you are putting yourself through this. However, the rewards are fulfilling, especially when you are making a difference to a child’s education and life. If you want to become a teacher then you must be willing to do things you’ve never done, the end results feel amazing! Believe, be positive and as William Ward said ‘if you can imagine it, then you can achieve it; if you can dream it then you can become it’- good luck in becoming a Science teacher! 

Beth

You will not be disappointed, there will be a moment whether its 8 weeks or 8 months into the course where everything was finally worthwhile. A child will say something out of the blue that surprises you or makes you break into fits of giggles and it makes all the pain of paperwork, hormonal teenagers and crowd control worth it. Don't worry about the small stuff, allow yourself to make mistakes and before long it will be your turn to write this.

Course content

Our diverse and enhanced course ​has a core aim of training the next generation of inspiring and passionate teachers, who have a passion to engage young people in learning in science.

Trainees with be trained to teach the most up to date specifications in Key Stages 3 and 4, and ​within their subject specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) to Key Stage 5.

The subject specific element of the course is delivered at a nearby partner school and is complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is based at our Bognor Regis campus.

The subject studies focuses very much on turning a good understanding of educational theory into outstanding performance in the classroom.

  • How do children learn?
  • How do I ensure they are making progress?
  • How can I increase their achievement and challenge them to reach their potential?
  • How do I plan for learning and then how do I know if the children have achieved the desired outcome?

To develop these skills and many others we use a mixture of input from the course leader, from your peers, visiting speakers, group work and tasks, practical sessions and use videos of you teaching your peers.

You will learn about learning and how to plan and achieve the best progress for the children you teach.

We are offering a £1000 fee-waiver for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

Read our PGCE brochure for more information.

 

COURSE START DATE 

This course starts in September

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. 

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS and School Experience costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 1 hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester, including an Alumni fee-waiver of £1,000 on this PGCE route. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Contact us

Dr Jonathan Sargent

PGCE Science Coordinator

J.Sargent@chi.ac.uk 

Kayleigh Axford

PGCE Science Coordinator

K.Axford@chi.ac.uk