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.
Applications for 2022
The application cycle for September 2022 entry will run from 12th October 2021. There is no deadline to submit an application, but courses will close when they become full. Many of our PGCE programmes are very popular and so we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as you can.
View our step-by-step application process
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