PGCE Science

Train to teach Science and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession

1yrFull Time

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Why take this course?

Our PGCE courses in the Sciences (with Biology, Chemistry or Physics) will train you to teach up to GCSE level, with attention given to enhancing your subject knowledge as well as examining educational issues in teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Undertake placements with our network of experience training schools
  • Train in classroom management techniques as you study the theory underpinning them
  • Develop your subject knowledge

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This means that successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.

Applications and Training Programme Code

Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training. You can find out more information and apply online at

Training Programme code:

  • Science with Biology - Training Programme code CX11
  • Science with Chemistry - Training Programme code F2X1
  • Science with Physics - Training Programme code F3X2

School Direct

This course may also be studied under the School Direct model. Read more: School Direct.

Tim Ayres, PGCE Science

The sense of family created amongst the students and lecturers has been really enjoyable and has provided the support network so invaluable in such a challenging year. Also the professionalism and knowledge of the tutors has been inspirational.

Timothy Ayres, PGCE (Science) graduate

Key Facts

1 year full time
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% science content. A minimum of 2:2 is desirable although applicants with other qualifications or valuable experience will also be considered. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250

This course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students 

2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600

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Programme specification

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The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement
  • ICT in the classroom
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom management
  • Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning science
  • Special Needs and Inclusion
  • Assessment
  • Teaching and assessment


Teaching and Assessment

The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.

You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.

The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.

How are you assessed?

The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you will be assessed on:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

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School Links

The School of Education and Childhood Studies maintains strong relationships with a network of partner schools and colleges, which helps over 80% of our trainees obtain jobs in the area, and allows us to offer School Direct places.


Regular inspections by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Authority have confirmed Portsmouth as an excellent provider of courses in education, a position supported by strong performance in newspaper league tables and the National Student Survey.

Support and Bursaries

If you join a full-time PGCE teacher training course you may be eligible for a training bursary from the government. English students can also apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant, and may also be eligible for a University of Portsmouth Bursary. Read more.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.

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Career prospects

Career opportunities within teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. After a few years of teaching, relatively recently qualified teachers are able to gain promotion (responsibility) points for leadership within their subject. Alternatively some teachers prefer to pursue a pastoral route and may gain promotion to Year Head or other pastoral roles. There are also opportunities to become a Subject Leader, which allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After some experience of middle management successful teachers may progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.

At the end of the training period, more than 90% of the trainees went into full-time employment in schools within the Portsmouth University Partnership.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Visiting opportunities

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2016 entry have now finished.

If you would like to visit the campus you can download our free walking tour for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday - Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm. We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look into our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus. Find out more information about our self-guided walking tours.

If you are unable to visit us, why not contact the admissions team for your course of interest via our course pages.

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan for 2016 entry plus scholarships and bursaries available visit our postgraduate pages.

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International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

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