Manchester Metropolitan University

PGCE

Secondary Chemistry with QTS

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Eligibility for bursary - see www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for details
  • Course includes 60 Masters Level CAT points (one third of a Masters degree) - we offer an MSc in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM)
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement course available, subject to DfE funding and eligibility
  • Specialist teaching facilities at Brooks building in Manchester
  • Funded Knowledge Enhancement course available (subject to PGCE place offer and eligibility)
  • Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas
  • Close links with our STEM Centre of Expertise and Education and Social Research Institute
  • Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

Placement options

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas.  These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school.  Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.

About the course

During the first term you will learn how to plan lessons, how to organise and manage classrooms and laboratories, how to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere and how to evaluate your progress. You will also carry out an audit of your subject knowledge and use this to develop identified areas of your scientific understanding. Based in one of our placement schools, you will observe effective classroom practice first hand, engage in shared and individual teaching and complete a range of school-based training tasks that will begin to develop your understanding of your role as a science teacher.

In the second term, the focus of training will shift to the assessment of pupils' attainment and progress, the use of ICT in science teaching, teaching post-16 aspects of your specialism and looking at transition from primary to secondary schools.  You will transfer to a second placement school, where you will take on an enhanced teaching role which has a greater emphasis on your ability to ue your assessment according to pupils' needs.  At the end of this placement, you will be assessed against the classroom based aspects of the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In the third term you will follow a personalised agenda that has been agreed with your tutors and mentors.  This will allow you to address any remaining QTS standards and to further develop your subject knowledge, both within and beyond your science specialism, to Key Stage 4 and Post-16 level.  There will also be scope for individually negotiated project work within this term.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate.  There will be a focus on:

  • Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
  • Working in multi-professional teams
  • Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • Managing students' behaviour
  • Planning and evaluating students' learning
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments.  Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile.  Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

Additional Information About this Course

Fitness to teach - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies. Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on condonement of failed marks.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/staff/

Typical entry requirements

Degree
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Chemistry.

For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We also recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course

We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements.

Who is this for?

  • - Graduates with non-chemistry degrees who fall short of the current entry criteria for subject knowledge at PGCE.
  • - Career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack the subject knowledge in chemistry.
  • - Those in the science industry who are thinking about teaching and who would like to be equated with school chemistry.

 

Find out more by downloading the Chemistry SKE Course leaflet.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

UCAS Code (Chemistry): F1X1 

Applicants for all PGCE courses (including School Direct routes) should apply via UCAS Teacher Training.  Further details can be found at www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training.

Career options after the course

These courses have a high reputation within the region for producing very good science teachers. Successful trainees are highly employable; you will meet many of our former trainees in our placement schools.

98.6% of our PGCE Secondary Leavers* were in work and or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2014/15. 

As part of this PGCE you will gain 60 Masters Level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

Our flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme includes:

  • STEM Masters, specially designed for Newly Qualified Teachers and those in their first five years of teaching
  • MAs available in Education, Educational Leadership and Management and Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs.

*Of those who responded to the DLHE survey and were available for work.

Course Fairs

Come and find out more about this course and our facilities at our course fairs.

Book now for the:

Manchester Course Fair Wednesday 15th November 2017

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.