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PGCE Secondary Science

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.  Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.  

The Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics routes are designed to equip students to teach all three sciences to key stages 3 & 4 together with a special emphasis on their specialism at KS 5.

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

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Entry Requirements

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.2 or above in a subject where the content is at least 50% science. 

The course co-ordinator welcomes contact from applicants who would like to discuss the suitability of their degree and their specialist options. 

There are various subject knowledge enhancement courses available for students who need to improve their subject knowledge in specific areas. 

These can also be discussed, either before application or at interview. 

All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths. 

All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.

GCSE Equivalency: We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.

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Student view

Denis Woodhouse
Science PGCE student 2015-2016
The PGCE course at Chichester was fantastic for equipping me with the skills and knowledge needed for the important but challenging job of teaching. Teacher training is extremely intense, but I believe that Chichester’s programme has equipped me with the fundamental skills to continue to grow and develop as an educator. I still think about the sessions run long into my second year after training, and know that training at Chichester was the best decision of my career, regardless of which school I am a part of now, and will be in the future.
David Skinner
Science PGCE student 2014-2015

The PGCE training that I received at Chichester was magnificent preparation for life in the classroom. The whole school sessions equipped us well on a range of pedagogical and whole school issues, from questioning and AfL through to a range of pastoral issues often faced in schools. It was an excellent way to interact with students from other subject areas and see the importance of a holistic approach to education. The science-specific training too was exemplary. This has provided me with an excellent platform on which to build my teaching practice from teaching starter exercises and practicals to feeling uncomfortable with certain areas of subject-knowledge! The training at Chichester has served me well into my (still new) teaching career where I am now a Head of House. That being said, I still do and will always hold Chichester close to my heart and think back with fond memories of a year well invested!

Sarani Quayle
Science PGCE student 2013-2014

The PGCE course at Chichester thoroughly prepared me for a successful teaching career. I had support throughout, enjoying both the professional and curriculum studies.  Both of these elements helped to advance my practice and confidence. 

I particularly enjoyed the days spent at the Regis school with the science cohort, developing a range of effective strategies for the practical element of science teaching.

I am in my fourth year of teaching at a comprehensive school. I have mentored two PGCE students and I am a deputy head of year with a responsibility in science. Part of the reason for the rapid progress in my teaching career is due to the fantastic training and support I received in my PGCE year.

Lorraine Gregory
Science PGCE student 2012-2013

I think of my life in two parts, BT and PT – Before Teaching and Post Teaching.  I am now in my fifth year of teaching and have never been happier.  Coming late to the profession I was worried I would struggle with the pressures of teaching.   Not so.  Having life experience has been enormously beneficial with classroom behaviour, pupil relationships and managing workload.  No two days are the same; it can be hectic, noisy, emotional, busy and tiring.  It is also rewarding, enjoyable, gratifying and fun.  Luckily, my PGCE course with Jonathan prepared me for the inimitable challenges of teaching.  I am lucky to have taught in three different schools, all very different, to gain experience and to fit in with my family.  I am now Second in Department and House Coordinator and love both roles.  Teaching has opened up new avenues; the PGCE course was invaluable in laying the groundwork, providing me with the skills and tools to not only cope but to thrive in teaching. 

Course content

The Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics routes are designed to produce highly-skilled and outstanding science teachers who will enthuse and inspire children with a love of the subject and an ability to achieve in it at the highest levels.

Trainees with be trained to teach National Curriculum Science at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and their subject specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) to KS5.

The subject specific element of the course is delivered at a nearby partner school and is complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is based at our Bognor Regis campus.

The subject studies focuses very much on turning a good understanding of educational theory into outstanding performance in the classroom.

  • How do children learn?
  • How do we know they have learnt?
  • How can we increase their achievement?
  • How do I plan for learning and then how do I know if the children have achieved the desired outcome?

To develop these skills and many others we use a mixture of input from the course leader, from your peers, visiting speakers, group work and tasks, practical sessions and use videos of you teaching your peers.

You will learn about learning and how to plan and achieve the best progress for the children you teach.

Course fees for 2017/18 £9250

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Teaching and assessment

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. 

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Contact us

Dr Jonathan Sargent
PGCE Science Co-ordinator
J.Sargent@chi.ac.uk

DBS and School Experience costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;
A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;
The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are. However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time;
Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;
Access to support from our Careers Service;
Disability and additional learning support;
The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;
24 hours a day security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

Accommodation and living costs;
Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);
General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;
Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);
The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass this cost on directly to our customers;
Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate); 
Gym membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages;
Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;
Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);
If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here
Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Courses with a DBS enhanced disclosure check charge of £44:

FD & BSc Community Sports Coaching
Early Childhood Studies
FD & BSc Football Coaching and Performance
Humanistic Counselling
Mathematics for Teaching KS 2 / 3
Physical Education & Primary Years
Physical Education & Sports Coaching
Physical Education & Secondary Years
Primary Teaching
Primary Teaching (Early Years)
All PGCEs
BA and MA Social Work
Sport Development
Sport Business & Management
Sport Studies
Sport Coaching & Science

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester, including an Alumni bursary of £1,000 on all PGCE and School's Direct routes at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 1 hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area).

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance. Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required. Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.