Chemistry

Training to teach chemistry

Because teaching chemistry requires great talent, the rewards are equally brilliant – you could be eligible for a generous training bursary of £26,000 or a prestigious £28,000 scholarship. As a chemistry teacher, you could benefit from the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme. In addition to the tax-free financial support, our teaching experts will answer all your teaching-related questions and help you throughout your application – when you register with us

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As a core subject, schools require high-quality chemistry teachers. So there’s never been a better time to use your skills and knowledge in chemistry to inspire young minds. The popularity of this subject is firmly established:

  • more students are seeing the real value of taking chemistry, which is why GCSE uptake has risen this year
  • it’s become increasingly popular with A level students too – with the proportion of pupils opting to study chemistry rising year-on-year

Once you qualify as a chemistry teacher, you’ll get a competitive starting salary of at least £22,917, or £28,660 in inner London. As your career progresses, so will your salary – in fact, teachers in leadership roles earn on average £57,500, with many earning significantly more. Additionally, teaching offers access to a wealth of other benefits – from a generous pension to enjoying the flexibility of school holidays, up to 13 weeks, which are unique to the profession.

Your training will prepare you for a number of classroom scenarios – from learning how to introduce students to atoms, elements and particles, to demonstrating impressive chemical reactions safely. While being surrounded by a team of mentors and tutors, you’ll become a confident and inspiring teacher.

At the end of successfully completing teacher training, you’ll gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England.  Additionally, all university-led courses will offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), and so do most school-led courses - you can check if a course provides a PGCE on UCAS Teacher Training.

Enhance your subject knowledge 

In the academic year 2016/17, over a third of trainees in eligible subjects completed additional subject training to enable them to start teacher training. If you don’t have a chemistry degree, or need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training – find out more

 

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