Please note: we have received large numbers of high-quality applicants who have accepted our offer of a place on our Secondary Science PGCE programme for September 2021. As a result, our Secondary Science PGCE course for September 2021 is now closed for applications. This is to ensure a high-quality experience and school placements for our trainee teachers.
There are still spaces available for the following Secondary PGCE programmes beginning in September 2021: Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Religious Education.
Applications for our September 2022 will open in October with a brand new application process. To be notified about when applications open - and upcoming open events that will discuss the changes to how you apply - please make sure to submit an enquiry.
The science PGCE course at St Mary’s University offers the opportunity to train to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All trainees offer one science subject area as a specialism and can show evidence of understanding of the other two specialisms for Key Stage 3 level.
- This programme is rated 'outstanding' by the government (OFSTED)
- Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits
- Experienced tutors actively involved in research. Presentations given at Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conferences
- Links with Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC): Talks and workshops at the beginning of the course and National Physical Laboratory (NPL): Talks and seminars held in their laboratories
- Local primary and secondary schools links: Pupil practical workshops with local schools
Why study Secondary Science?
The Science PGCE course covers all aspects of science teaching and learning, with an emphasis on practical activities for use in school. There is a strong emphasis on investigative science, as well as planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress.
Trainees are assessed on their ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, but opportunities for A Level teaching is also included in the programme as appropriate.
Why St Mary's?
Our experienced science tutors work in close partnership with trainees and the placement schools. We offer an extensive range of government funded subject knowledge enhancement courses that will enable applicants to develop their specialism further or ‘top up’ existing knowledge in preparation for the PGCE course.
If you wish to study for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies you will be able to complete several of the modules during your PGCE year. This certificate is often a requirement for teaching in a Catholic school.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Our PGCE programmes include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits. A large part of the programme is spent in assessed school placements that our School Partnership team will arrange for you, based on your home residential address.
QTS is required to teach in all state-maintained schools in England.
Senior Lecturer - Secondary PGCE Admissions Tutor