PGDE Secondary Education: Chemistry with Science

Key facts

  • Start date: August
  • Study mode and duration: 36 weeks full-time including 18 weeks of placement experience
  • UCAS code: 8X93

  • Gaelic Medium UCAS code: 8X45 - find out more

Study with us

  • learn from on-campus classes and 18 weeks of placements in schools
  • become qualified to teach in locations worldwide
  • opportunity to achieve Masters-level credits
  • funded places available (Scottish and EU students only)
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Why this course?

As a teacher of chemistry, you’ll transform your existing knowledge of how matter works into a format which can be understood by, and spark the interest of secondary school pupils. You’ll also train to teach general science, comprising of physics, biology and chemistry, to lower school pupils.

One of the highlights of the PGDE course for many student teachers is attending the residential Scottish Universities’ Science School (SUSS) where you will meet the student teachers of science from the other Scottish Universities. SUSS offers an excellent opportunity to begin networking with other future science teachers.

Worldwide qualification 

This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach secondary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by:

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government

Why study for a PGDE?

Hear from students about why they love studying for a PGDE in Secondary Education.

 

Get into teaching

We're holding a 'Get Into Teaching' event on Monday 9th December!

Our academic teaching staff will be there to answer any questions you may have. We'll also have a number of talks from our PGDE students and the programme leader, Catherine Whitley, who'll help give an insight into the programme and what you can expect before, during and after the PGDE.

Jane Essex, PGDE Chemistry course leader
"I've worked with hundreds of successful student chemistry teachers and thousands of school pupils before that. Most of them have taught ME a great deal! My sustained impact in chemistry education led to my award of a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry."

Jane Essex
Course Leader

What you'll learn

While on campus you will attend two general teaching modules:

  • Educational Perspectives & Policies (EPP)
  • Principles, Policies & Practice (PPP)

Educational Perspectives and Policies will develop your understanding of educational issues in a broader intellectual context while Principles and Policy in Practice is the companion module to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory. Tutorials for both classes provide the opportunity to work with students from different subjects and from within the primary sector.

The course builds confidence in students to allow them to perform to their full potential by equipping them with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills they require.

Subject-specific classes are known as Creative Contexts for Learning (CCL). Here, you’ll learn about pedagogical approaches specific to chemistry with a highly experienced tutor.

The course also has links with several leading professionals in the world of chemistry teaching, who deliver school related aspects for the course. This time is used to familiarise you with the curriculum, allow you to collaborate with students and begin to plan lessons, develop materials, teach mini-lessons and to learn innovative and motivating ways to deliver the curriculum effectively.

All science teachers in Scotland have a specialist science teacher qualification in physics, chemistry or biology. They are also qualified to teach general science in first, second and third year in schools. In addition to learning about the pedagogy of teaching physics, chemistry or biology, student teachers of science also have an additional twenty hours of study to learn how to teach general science. This component is taught in mixed groups of physics, chemistry and biology student teachers to allow students to learn from one another and to simulate working in a school science department or faculty. The general science component is taught by a combination of experienced science teacher educators and seconded teachers.

In addition, the general science component draws on the expertise of science educators from the Glasgow Science Centre and includes a visit to the Centre or other suitable sites to consider out-of-classroom learning in science. The general science component of the specialist PGDE science courses makes it easy for qualified teachers to find employment as teachers outside Scotland.

You'll also complete a Professional Specialism (PS) module which can be self-directed or comprised of on-campus classes. It aims to allow you to develop your knowledge in an educational area of particular interest.

Placement

You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.

You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school. 

Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.

You must keep a portfolio of progress while on placement. This placement file will form part of the evidence of your meeting the Standards for Provisional registration and prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.

Guaranteed employment for Scottish & EU students

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate. This is part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.

Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration. Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.

Work anywhere in Scotland

As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £8,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.

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Course content

As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments at Masters level. If you do this, you’ll be almost halfway towards a Masters in Education qualification. If you go on to do the Masters in Education, all you’ll have to do is complete two masters level classes, a research class, and a dissertation. You can do this on campus or by distance learning.

Placement Learning

This class is taught both on campus and in schools. It'll help you become an effective teacher through learning about pedagogical theory, observing experienced teachers and applying your knowledge through teaching experience during the course.

Creative Contexts for Learning

This class will support you as you develop your approaches to curriculum, planning, learning, teaching and assessment, and includes cross-curricular approaches. 

Educational Perspectives & Policies

This class develops your understanding of key educational issues in a broader intellectual context. It 's taught in a cross- sector way, so that primary and secondary students can share opinions and learn from each other. 

Principles & Policy in Practice

This is the companion class to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory. 

Professional Specialisation

This class gives you the opportunity to gain experience and further study in something you're particularly interested in. You can attend classes on campus, or undertake alternative methods of learning/development based on your area of interest. 

Creative Contexts for Learning in a second Secondary subject
Professional Learning Record

You must keep a personal portfolio of progress throughout the course. This prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career. This isn't a credit-rated class but it's crucial to your development on the course.

Masters Credits

You have the opportunity to achieve up to 80 credits at Masters level which can be used towards further study following the course. This is fully supported by additional input during the programme. 

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Learning & teaching

The course encourages an active and participative style of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.

Timetable

The hours for this course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.

Assessment

To be awarded the PGDE you must pass all course modules.

Course work

Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports.

Although these are not assessed formally they're essential learning experiences and are course requirements.

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for PGDE courses are based on the requirements set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements before the course starts.

The minimum entry requirements that we ask for, are as follows:

Academic requirements / expertise

The minimum entry requirements we ask for, are as follows:

  • a degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom
  • the degree should contain at least 80 credits in chemistry from the following subjects:
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Higher (SCQF Level 6) English Grade C or above*
  • National 5 (SCQF Level 5) Mathematics Grade C or above**

As well as academic qualifications, you will need to demonstrate:

  • evidence that you have experience of working with children in a secondary school setting or related context
  • an understanding of modern secondary education
  • an ability to relate to people

Please Note: Due to the limited number of places and the high volume of applications received for certain subjects it may be necessary to have the Mathematics and English qualifications in place at the time of application.

*Acceptable alternative qualifications in English
  • Communications 4 and Literature 1
  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C3 or above
  • (SCQF Level 6) English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
  • A Level English Literature or English Language Grade C or above
**Acceptable alternative qualifications in Mathematics
  • Standard Grade 1 or 2 Credit Mathematics
  • Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B3 or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics at Grade C3 or above
  • National 5 Lifeskills/Applications Mathematics at Grade C or above
  • (SCQF Level 5) Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
  • A Level Mathematics Grade C or above
  • Discovering Mathematics MU123 Open University
English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigrations (UKVI), please get in touch before making your application.

Please note that IELTS is not equivalent to a Higher (SCQF Level 6) English qualification. These are two separate requirements. In order to meet the PGDE entry requirements you will be required to have both or equivalent.

PVG and overseas police check requirements

All applicants who have been offered a place on the PGDE course will be required to complete an application to Join PVG Scheme or an application for Existing PVG Scheme Member prior to starting the course. Students will be required to pay between £18 to £59 depending on the related work they apply to.

If applicable, applicants who have been given an offer will also be required to obtain the relevant oversea(s) certificate(s) of good conduct.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

TBC

Rest of UK

TBC

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£15,300

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish & EU students

Scottish and EU students can apply to have the cost of their tuition fees paid for by the Scottish Government.  Applications should be made online through the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) website, the PGDE course falls under undergraduate study.

If you've already had funding for a postgraduate course from SAAS you'll only receive funding if you're applying for one of the following shortage subjects:

  • English
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Technological Education

Full-time students who usually live in Scotland may also be eligible to apply to SAAS for a loan, bursary and living-cost grants. Living-cost grants include the Lone Parents’ Grants and the Disabled Students’ Allowance. The exact amount you can get depends on your household income.

Check the SAAS website for more details.

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International

The Dean's International Excellence Award recognises academic achievement. It offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £4,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. 

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STEM Teacher Education Bursaries for Career Changers

If you fancy doing something different, apply for a bursary of up to £20,000 to ease the transition into Initial Teacher Education.

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Scholarship search

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

A degree in education will equip you for a range of careers working with children and young people.

Most of our PGDE graduates go on to work as teachers in secondary schools across the country.  

Secondary School Teachers in Scotland use the Curriculum for Excellence framework. They work with their class to develop skills and abilities, and encourage the pupils to expand their knowledge and understanding further.

Typical jobs

Jobs related to this degree include:

  • Secondary Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher

Working hours

During term time, you'll officially work a 35-hour week but you may have to work more. You'll be in school before the school day starts and stay after the pupils leave. Most teachers take their marking and preparations home to do in the evening.

You'll also participate in parents evening, after school clubs and activities and school trips.

Holidays

A teacher's total working year is 195 days including five days for in-service training. Every year you'll get 40 days holiday at full pay*.

*Source: Teach in Scotland

Other jobs

There are also many options for those who decide not to go into the classroom. Some alternative job roles are:

  • Charity Adviser
  • Youth Worker
  • Museum Educator
  • Education Liason roles
  • Private Tutor

Skills you'll need

  • excellent communication
  • a good imagination and creativity
  • organisational and time-management skills
  • patience
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • enthusiasm, energy and excitement for what you do

Salary

As a secondary school teacher in Scotland, salaries range from £21,867 to £34,887.*

*information intended only as a guide. Source: The Educational Institute of Scotland

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Full-time application

Scotland/EU/Rest of UK students

Please ensure that all parts of the application are completed including details of qualifications which meet the minimum entry requirements. We may be unable to consider incomplete applications. In order for your application to be fully considered, you will be required to send the following supporting documents within 21 days of submitting your application. Please email these documents to hass-pgde-docsupport@strath.ac.uk.

  • Your degree certificate
  • Your academic transcript listing all the modules you have completed
  • Evidence of Higher English (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
  • Evidence of National 5 Maths (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
Interview selection

We select those candidates who best meet the following criteria:

Does the candidate have:

  • evidence that they are suitably qualified?
  • evidence of a suitable breadth of knowledge in their degree to cover the Secondary Curriculum?
  • sufficient interest in teaching?
  • experience of working with young people?
  • evidence of good written communication skills?
  • a good statement by their referee?
Interview process

If selected you’ll be asked to an interview with a number of other candidates who have applied for places either in your own subject or that are taught in the same division as your chosen subject.

Please note that interviews will take place in February 2020. If selected for interview, applicants will be notified after the UCAS deadline.

Interview result

After the interview a panel will collate the grades from your presentation and the individual interview.

They will then make a decision as to your suitability for the course.

The possible results of the interview are:

    • Unconditional offer
    • Conditional offer (you still need to satisfy the entry qualifications in some way)
    • A rejection of your application

The subject coordinator will send the results to Registry who will, in turn, communicate the results to the UCAS.

UCAS will then communicate the result to you.

Should you wish feedback on the selection process please contact the appropriate subject coordinator.

Secondary Education

Qualification: PGDE
Start Date: Aug 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

International students

International applicants should apply via the University’s online application system by following the button below. We accept applications from international applicants right up until the course start date in August 2019 but would encourage you to apply in advance of this.

In order for your application to be fully considered, you will be required to upload the following supporting documents within 21 days of submitting your application. Please ensure that you upload all these documents to Pegasus.  

  • Your degree certificate
  • Your academic transcript listing all the modules you have completed
  • Evidence of Higher English (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
  • Evidence of National 5 Maths (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C

Secondary Education

Qualification: PGDE
Start Date: Aug 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Secondary Education

Qualification: PGDE
Start Date: Aug 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Contact us

Postgraduate Enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk