PGCE (Secondary) - Science Education - Biology Chemistry or Physics, Postgrad.Cert.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


We encourage you to become teachers who will exercise high standards of classroom practice, and be able to participate in and influence future science education courses. The programme has a commitment to equal opportunities - a theme integrated into science work - and the group will contain students from a variety of ages and cultural backgrounds. Science centres and museums, exhibitions and organisations are within easy reach.

Programme Structure

School-based work During the Autumn term, you observe, participate in and take responsibility for lessons in local schools. A school-based tutor, working in close co-operation with College staff, gives you advice and support; you receive visits from a College-based tutor. You observe experienced teachers at work, and discuss their methods and any difficulties. We ease you into teaching with plenty of support, and you take increasing responsibility for the work of particular classes under the supervision of the regular teacher. There is a 15-hour physics course in a local school for general science students from a biological background, and a short course in biology for chemists and physicists.

College-based work In College, we focus on the ideas and principles underlying teaching. You look at how children learn and develop, and at the role of language in learning. You consider factors to be taken into account when developing lessons which are interesting, balanced and relevant to pupils´ needs. You have opportunities to explore the different ways in which pupils can develop understanding in science, and to become familiar with a variety of resources that can be used to support these. A particular focus is on how to manage pupils´ behaviour using a wide range of techniques; the programme also covers the assessment of pupils´ knowledge and progress.

Prospective science teachers need to be familiar with debates about the nature of science, to allow them to play a full part in decisions about ways in which school science courses should change. The impact of the National Curriculum on what science is taught, and how, is covered in depth. You can expect to cover topics like: school science courses at Key Stages 3 and 4; computing; data logging; safety; how children learn science; assessment; A-levels and Vocational A-levels; and language and science education. We look at techniques for helping slow and fast learners, and give guidance on topics for teaching practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

Goldsmiths will only accept as passes Grades A, B and C at GCSE, conducted by an approved examination board.

As well as UK qualifications, we accept many equivalent overseas qualifications. To check to see if your qualifications are of an equivalent standard to the UK academic entry requirements for this PGCE programme we recommend that you contact UK NARIC.

You'll need to enter the details of your relevant qualifications on your PGCE application form. You are also required to provide scanned copies of your qualifications (alongside official translations where original documents are not in English) within 14 days of being requested.

If English isn’t your first language you will also be required to have a recognised qualification in English Language Proficiency.

If you don’t have a first degree awarded by a generally recognised institution in the UK, please note that the award of the PGCE and QTS does not in itself confer graduate status for the purposes of salary. Salaries in such cases are determined by employing authorities and not by the College or by the relevant government department.

Please note, this course attracts applicants of a strong calibre. Consequently competition for places is very high. Students lacking a good honours degree in a relevant subject, significant experience both in the industry and in schools need to be aware that they may not be called to interview.

Science Education: Biology, Chemistry or Physics

You should have a degree in the science that you wish to teach. For example, to get a place on the biology PGCE, ideally you should have a biology degree. If you have done a degree which goes across the sciences then 50% of your degree must comprise of the science subject you wish to study. Psychology may be acceptable depending on the modules you have chosen during your degree and your A-level qualifications.

If your degree does not have the 50% required in your chosen science you can still submit an application as you may still be able to gain a place subject to completing a TDA subject enhancement course (mainly for Chemistry and Physics).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13340 International
  • GBP 9000 EU/EEA


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