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    Course Name

    Science with Chemistry

    Course Length

    September to June

    Course UCAS Code

    F2X1

    Partner Training School

    Wetherby School

    Bursary Amount

    £27,000

    Scholarship Amount

    £29,000

    Leeds SCITT offers a Chemistry PGCE course with a difference: we aim to get you into the classroom quickly to learn with a ‘hands-on’ approach and to become an experienced practitioner. The course offers a unique opportunity to develop your experience in dynamic and supportive school environments, whilst allowing you to establish your own style of teaching.

    Why join Leeds SCITT for Science Curriculum PGCE?

    Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an exciting and innovative training provider that offers the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for aspiring educators.

    Our Postgraduate Teacher Training courses help to provide the highest quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that a successful candidate has the teaching skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective science teacher and secure a successful career in the teaching profession.

    Professional Development within Secondary School Placements

    As well as subject knowledge enhancement this postgraduate qualification will give you school-based experience and help build confidence in your professional practice teaching the science curriculum.

    In your Lead School Experience, you will be introduced to a range of practical, research-informed strategies to help you to understand how best to teach your subject and make the most of your lesson planning.

    As you progress throughout the course, you will begin to implement these practical ideas and adapt them to fit your secondary school context as well as to the needs of your learners, gradually taking more ownership and initiative on your placements. Newly qualified teachers will feel more confident in their classroom practice and be prepared to take on the responsibilities associated with teaching.

    How will I become a confident Chemistry teacher?

    If you are passionate about working with young people and developing their love for all that is Science, then Leeds SCITT is the course for you! Our Subject Lead Tutor will ensure you are equipped with the knowledge and skills for you to become an excellent Chemistry teacher. 

    Science is all around us and the opportunity to bring that to life in the Science lab is what being a teacher is all about. You will have the opportunity to observe excellent practitioners across all the science specialisms and work with a dedicated department at Wetherby High School, as the Lead School for Science.

    Develop Your Teaching Practice

    Trainee Science teachers will have training in how to deliver practicals to pupils, the best way to teach those difficult concepts, as well as having the opportunity to spend the day at the STEM Centre in York with specialist scientists in education. 

    Whilst you will focus on Chemistry, trainees will also get the opportunity to expand their teaching experience further within the subject of science education, by leading Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 secondary school classes on Biology and Physics.

    The best way to train to be a teacher!

    — - Neil, Science Trainee, Alumni

    The lead school experience helped me to learn new strategies and develop relationships. It has also provided an opportunity to directly experience the school atmosphere and practices.

    — - Science Trainee, 2022

    From the Science Subject Lead Tutor

    We are looking for those who have a passion for Science, or have worked in industry, to bring their expertise to the classroom to inspire the next generation and promote Science and the STEM subjects for the future.

    There are generous bursaries and scholarships available to support you in your training year, to enable our pupils to have specialist science teaching from chemistry teachers who are ready to share their love for the subject in the classroom. 

    What does the Lead School Experience offer?

    Wetherby High School prides itself on its focus on restorative practice, which places relationships at the centre of its core business. As a school, every effort is taken to promote personal development and the welfare of its pupils.

    The nurturing environment at the school means that pupils at Wetherby High School have ‘high expectations and are good role models.’ According to their 2019 Ofsted report, which received a ‘Good’. 

    The Science department has a proven track record of securing good outcomes for pupils and has a diverse team of specialists, including many Leeds SCITT Alumni. You will be fully supported at Wetherby High School during your training year to help become an excellent practitioner.

    Additional Secondary School Placements

    In addition to your Lead School placement, you can be placed within up to two of our additional partnership schools to give you contrasting teaching placements. 

    What other Opportunities are available in our Placement Schools?

    • Experience of observing and teaching across all science specialisms
    • Opportunity to teach Post-16
    • Pre-course support with subject knowledge development
    • Attend the STEM Centre at York University 
    • Support with setting up and delivering practical lessons
    • Science lab H&S training
    • Experience working in a Restorative Practice school

    Tuition Fees

    The course fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course including QTS  (Qualified Teacher Status) and 60 masters credits, for the academic year 2023-24 is £9,250. Bursaries and Scholarships are available for some students https://www.leedsscitt.org.uk/how-to-apply/

    Entry Requirements

    For this Postgraduate Certificate in Education Course you need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales and GCSE grade C or 4 and above (or equivalent) in Maths and English. For further information go to https://www.leedsscitt.org.uk/how-to-apply/#finance-ske-information.

    International Students

    For further advice and information for overseas students and entry requirements for PGCE Courses please go to https://www.enic.org.uk/Qualifications/SOC/Default.aspx.

    Bursary amount if awarded

    £27,000



    Scholarship amount if awarded

    £29,000

    School that runs this course

    Wetherby School

    UCAS course code

    F2X1

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