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 £25,000 or a prestigious £27,500 scholarship. 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

There’s still time to apply for this September

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 £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London. You'll also have lots of opportunities for rapid career progression and pay increases.

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 

Last year nearly 40% 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. During the course, you could get a SKE bursary of up to £2,400 for a shorter course of 8-12 weeks and up to £5,600 for a 28-week course. There’s also two-week intensive courses designed to quickly get you up to speed if you want to start training this September, these are available if you have a related degree in chemsitry – find out more

 

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as a trainee chemistry teacher in 2017/18

Get your own dedicated adviser –

an experienced teaching professional throughout the application process

Upcoming events

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Application workshop Birmingham

14 September 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Birmingham

Application Workshop London

16 September 2017 09:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

London

Application Workshop Leeds

20 September 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Leeds

Introduction to teacher training options

11 September 2017 18:30

This online event will explore the different teacher training options available to help you decide which might best suit you.