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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Chemistry) PGCE

Key information

Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
37 weeks FT, September to end June
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent):
UK 120 / ECTS 60 credits
Application status:
Open
Apply

The PGCE Chemistry at King's prepares trainees to become thoughtful, creative and engaging teachers, through understanding both the research which underpins and advances science teaching, and a wide range of practical approaches. The course is taught by an internationally-recognised science education group with over three decades of acclaimed research.

Key benefits

  • PGCE courses at King's are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. One reason is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014).
  • A working partnership with a broad range of up to 150 schools in London and beyond, providing unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students.
  • Prepare students to teach outside the classroom: there is a residential field-trip and several other opportunities to make best use of what London has to offer the science teacher, from the South Bank to the Natural History Museum.
  • At the conclusion of their PGCE course in July 2020 87% of our trainees had been employed as NQTs at schools in the UK and abroad.
  • Two assessed pieces of coursework give you 60 Master's-level credits – a third of an MA – which puts you well on the way to a Master's degree in your chosen profession.

The PGCE Chemistry is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and Greater London. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification. You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy. You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  School Direct Route: The School Direct teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a lead school. Students apply to the lead school for admission to the programme. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the lead school.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

UK applicants

Standard requirements

A minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 50% or above.

If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).

Other requirements

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of:

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 2:2 honours usually in the subject you wish to teach.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.

  • GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test approved by King's, before the course starts.

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

All applications should be made through the UCAS Teacher training application system, where you will need to register an account.

Before you can be offered a place on a PGCE programme, you will need to attend an in-person interview, usually within 40 days of your application submission date. Please ensure that you will be able to attend an interview during this time and are able to keep a full day free. Further information on PGCE interviews can be found here on the UCAS website.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal conviction check) and Occupational Health check are required for the teacher training programmes. There is a fee of £46.55 for the DBS check.

If you have any queries on the application process, please see UCAS’ Frequently Asked Questions.

Personal statement and supporting information

When you apply you will be asked to give us details of your educational background and to provide a personal statement. We will be looking for evidence that your science knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up to date. Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Regarding your educational background, if your academic documents are issued in a language other than English, we will ask you to submit both the originals and the official translations. You may also be asked to show that your overseas qualifications are recognised through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and therefore meet our entry requirements. You can apply for a UK NARIC statement of comparability free of charge by following the instructions here on the gov.uk website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/overseas-graduates

Teaching methods - what to expect

You can typically expect:

  • The equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year).
  • Approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically four days in length).
  • A number of one-to-one tutorials totalling five to seven tutorials across the year.
  • Two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress.
  • Regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement
  • Written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

*This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.
**Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement. The breakdown below gives you an idea of the likely workload you can expect:

Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module)

This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons. The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Seminars/tutorials: 14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback).

Teaching: 200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups).

Self study/assignment work: 216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.

School Data (15 credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 10 contact hours

Self-study/ assignment work: 140 hours

Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 25.5 contact hours

Self-study/assignment work: 274.5 hours of self-study

Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 200 contact hours.

Self-study/assignment work: 100 hours of self-study.

Assessment

  • Written assignment
  • Written portfolio

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000 word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules

Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)
School Data (15 credits)
Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules offered as a part of this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,250 per year (2021/22)

International:

Full time: £19,800 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

Bursaries and scholarships 

The Department for Education provides tax free bursaries for teacher training courses. The bursaries and scholarships for Chemistry range from £24,000-£26,000.

For information on rates and eligibility please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training. If you are eligible for the bursary, King’s College London will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course.

Trainees in physics, maths, chemistry, and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you'll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Each of the professional scholarship bodies has their own eligibility criteria, which you can check here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/scholarships.  Please note that scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses and visits
  • Travel expenses in getting to and from placement schools
  • (Potential) Three-day residential field trip to Juniper Hall - £80 (plus any travel costs)

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

The PGCE Chemistry is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and Greater London. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification. You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy. You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  School Direct Route: The School Direct teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a lead school. Students apply to the lead school for admission to the programme. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the lead school.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

UK applicants

Standard requirements

A minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 50% or above.

If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).

Other requirements

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of:

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 2:2 honours usually in the subject you wish to teach.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.

  • GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test approved by King's, before the course starts.

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

All applications should be made through the UCAS Teacher training application system, where you will need to register an account.

Before you can be offered a place on a PGCE programme, you will need to attend an in-person interview, usually within 40 days of your application submission date. Please ensure that you will be able to attend an interview during this time and are able to keep a full day free. Further information on PGCE interviews can be found here on the UCAS website.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal conviction check) and Occupational Health check are required for the teacher training programmes. There is a fee of £46.55 for the DBS check.

If you have any queries on the application process, please see UCAS’ Frequently Asked Questions.

Personal statement and supporting information

When you apply you will be asked to give us details of your educational background and to provide a personal statement. We will be looking for evidence that your science knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up to date. Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Regarding your educational background, if your academic documents are issued in a language other than English, we will ask you to submit both the originals and the official translations. You may also be asked to show that your overseas qualifications are recognised through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and therefore meet our entry requirements. You can apply for a UK NARIC statement of comparability free of charge by following the instructions here on the gov.uk website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/overseas-graduates

Teaching methods - what to expect

You can typically expect:

  • The equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year).
  • Approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically four days in length).
  • A number of one-to-one tutorials totalling five to seven tutorials across the year.
  • Two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress.
  • Regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement
  • Written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

*This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.
**Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement. The breakdown below gives you an idea of the likely workload you can expect:

Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module)

This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons. The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Seminars/tutorials: 14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback).

Teaching: 200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups).

Self study/assignment work: 216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.

School Data (15 credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 10 contact hours

Self-study/ assignment work: 140 hours

Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 25.5 contact hours

Self-study/assignment work: 274.5 hours of self-study

Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module)

Lectures/seminars: 200 contact hours.

Self-study/assignment work: 100 hours of self-study.

Assessment

  • Written assignment
  • Written portfolio

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000 word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules

Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)
School Data (15 credits)
Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)
Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules offered as a part of this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,250 per year (2021/22)

International:

Full time: £19,800 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

Bursaries and scholarships 

The Department for Education provides tax free bursaries for teacher training courses. The bursaries and scholarships for Chemistry range from £24,000-£26,000.

For information on rates and eligibility please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training. If you are eligible for the bursary, King’s College London will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course.

Trainees in physics, maths, chemistry, and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you'll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Each of the professional scholarship bodies has their own eligibility criteria, which you can check here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/scholarships.  Please note that scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses and visits
  • Travel expenses in getting to and from placement schools
  • (Potential) Three-day residential field trip to Juniper Hall - £80 (plus any travel costs)

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

Application closing date guidance

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021

Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Key information

Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
37 weeks FT, September to end June
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent):
UK 120 / ECTS 60 credits
Application status:
Open
Apply

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