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PGCE Chemistry


St Luke's Campus, Exeter


Our PGCE chemistry course will prepare you to teach chemistry to GCSE and 'A' level.

You will train as a science teacher who specialises in chemistry, so we will also prepare you to teach physics and biology to at least Key Stage 3.

Despite a decline in recent years chemistry remains a popular science choice at 'A' level. In addition to being a key component of Science in the National Curriculum it is also being offered as a separate GCSE option in many schools. The PGCE Secondary Chemistry option provides a pathway into teaching for good chemistry graduates who, ideally, also have a strong background in at least one other science at 'A' level. It is designed to prepare students for teaching all aspects of science to at least Key Stage 3, and chemistry at GCSE and 'A' level.

Development of subject and teaching knowledge and understanding is a priority and the team of science tutors includes specialists in chemistry, biology, physics and psychology teaching.

Topics covered include:

  • the aims of science teaching
  • the planning, preparation and evaluation of learning experiences for children of different ages and abilities
  • school laboratory management
  • the use of information and communications technologies to support science teaching and learning

More details about the types of sessions you will have and how you will be taught to teach can be found here.

Throughout the course we aim to promote engagement with the wider issues of science and its ethical and social relevance. Practising teachers are involved in delivering the course in the University and play an active mentoring role to foster professional development in schools.

Energetic, able and committed science applicants will find this an empowering course which develops personal transferable skills, strength of character and offers the potential for playing a part in shaping the future of society. Find out more about our students.


The programme lasts for 36 weeks (one academic year). Before the course starts at the beginning of October students are required to spend one week in a primary school and one week in a secondary school and to carry out a variety of pre-course tasks. These include an initial needs analysis focussing on subject knowledge and a variety of reading tasks. The first term is predominately based at the University with one induction week being spent in the first placement school. The first placement then continues in January and lasts around 12 weeks. Induction into the second placement school takes place before the Easter vacation and then continues in the summer term until early July.