PGCE Secondary Science (QTS)

Course length: 1 year full-time


The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, Chemistry or Physics leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement range. In addition you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Key Stage 4

At interview you will need to indicate your interest in one or more of three pathways for this PGCE in secondary science. Your suitability for a particular pathway will be explored at interview and you bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place from either:

Science with Biology

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of biology in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Biology.

Science with Chemistry

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of chemistry in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Chemistry.

Science with Physics

You will need to have a good honours degree with a substantial component of physics in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Physics.

If you are unsure of the suitability of your degree subject for a particular pathway please do contact us for further information.


Learning and Teaching in Science

You will explore the science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 through practical work in chemistry, physics and biology that leads to the development of subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. These sessions will take place in newly built laboratories equipped to model modern school science facilities. Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors.

Specialist subject development

In addition to elements of taught sessions at Newman, directed activities and independent laboratory study time will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your subject knowledge and pedagogy in your specialist subject and prepare you to begin to take on a leadership role in your specialism within a science department.  These activities will be linked to your audit of subject knowledge and enable you to meet your individual training needs.

School Experience

You will spend the majority of your time on the course in schools, developing your teaching skills. You will complete two main teaching placements at different secondary schools; one of 8 weeks and a second longer placement of 12 weeks. During both placements you are likely to have the opportunity teach science across Key Stages 3 and 4 and teach your specialism (biology, physics or chemistry) at Key Stage 4. During your placements your professional development will be supported by both the school and Newman tutors. Newman has an excellent reputation with local schools for providing a strong partnership with schools that support students during their placements. You will also work in a primary school for a short placement, looking at science teaching methods across earlier key stages. The course offers further flexible opportunities for individual 'focus' weeks towards the end of training, where specialised areas can be further developed, including AS/A2 examinations and Education and Professional Studies links with science and your specialism.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

You will be taught through Newman-based lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, and collaborative group work. Assessment is through coursework, and the evaluation and monitoring of professional classroom competencies in school. Assessment and target setting of your classroom practice is led by school based staff and closely supported by regular visits from your specialist tutor. 

 "The quality of lesson planning is high and systematically covered at a number of levels."
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Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:2 or above) of which science forms a part, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

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2017/18: £9,250*

*From 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

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PGCE Secondary Science (QTS)

An Introduction to Secondary School Teaching
Learning and teaching Science in the secondary school including enhancement in your subject specialism
School Experience One
Whole School Issues in the Secondary School
Developing the Standards through Partnership: School Experience Two
Developing Professional Standards through Focus Weeks

The example modules shown are for the current academic year and are indicative only, for future academic years. The module options may change to reflect new developments or practices within the subject field, the teaching and research interests of our staff and statutory policy requirements from the Department of Education.

Course code

For 2016 entry

2QGP Biology 

2QGQ Chemistry 

2QGR Physics 

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