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PGDip Secondary Education (QTS) – Science – Chemistry

The Secondary Education (QTS) – Science – Chemistry programme from University of Birmingham leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA Teaching Studies. Our programme, which offers high quality training and support, will prepare you to teach in the 11-18 age range and is run in close partnership with schools.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 36 weeks
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,150 per full
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

On the Secondary Education (QTS) – Science – Chemistry programme from University of Birmingham, you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. You will benefit from our unique collaboration with University of Birmingham School as well as a wide range of partner schools, including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience on the PGDipEd Chemistry course.

PGDipEd (QTS) Secondary Chemistry is also offered as a School Direct programme with Lordswood Girls’ School, St Paul’s Caritas Christi and Windsor Academy Trust .

On successful completion of your Chemistry PGDipEd, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.

Programme Structure:

  • The Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) Science: Chemistry programme will include the study of subject-based teaching methods as well as the study of broader whole school issues.
  • A variety of teaching styles and approaches to learning will be used in the presentation of the themes.
  • These will include University-based lectures, small group seminars and workshops, school-based work with pupils and teachers, and work undertaken individually or with other groups of students.

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


There is currently high demand for secondary teachers in the region and beyond. Employment rates are consistently high and strong links with partnership schools mean that many students go into employment in the region.


  • All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Chemistry course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. This will normally be a minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded. We will expect at least of 50% of your degree to be chemistry relevant to the National Curriculum and you will require two science A levels (or equivalent).
  • Please be aware that your degree classification may have an impact on your eligibility for a bursary. A GCSE in Mathematics and English (Grade 4/C or above*) or an equivalent qualification, must be attained before you make an application. Equivalency tests will be accepted but only from equivalency testing.

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