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PGCE Secondary – Chemistry with Science

The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: Chemistry with Science programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: Chemistry with Science programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.


Main features of the programme:

  • The emphasis of the curriculum studies sessions will be on teaching Science to key stage 3 (11-14) and to specialise in Chemistry teaching for key stage 4 (14-16) and key stages 5 (16-19).The school based module comprises of three elements:

- Primary school observation
- First secondary school experience
- Second secondary school experience

  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.
  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.
  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.
  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.

Why study PGCE Secondary: Chemistry with Science at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.
  • Option to submit assignments, undertake teaching placements and IPD groups through the medium of Welsh.
  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available) and also to train through the medium of Welsh (training grant and Gloywi Iaith sessions).
  • We have placement schools throughout South Wales, so you do not have to move to the Cardiff area to study/ undertake your school placement.
  • Excellent and well-established partnerships with English and Welsh medium placement schools. 
  • Sharing of good practice and resources.

  • University sessions allow students to "regroup" and take time out from school regularly to discuss progress, challenges and successes in a supportive environment – you are not thrown in at the deep end and forced to sink or swim!

Alternatively please contact:

Ceri Pugh