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Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Chemistry - (SKE)

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If you wish to train as a chemistry teacher, but your degree did not provide enough chemistry content for you to gain automatic entry to an initial teacher training course, completion of this SKE course might be made a condition of your PGCE offer....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Blended Learning
  • Location City South
  • Award (SKE)
  • Start date March 2023, April 2023, May 2023
  • School School of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

If you wish to train as a chemistry teacher, but your degree did not provide enough chemistry content for you to gain automatic entry to an initial teacher training course, completion of this SKE course might be made a condition of your PGCE offer.

This course will prepare you for initial teacher training in secondary chemistry by developing your skills and giving you the confidence to recognise the areas of your own subject knowledge which you need to develop during the enhancement course, your initial teacher education and beyond. It will also help you to develop a deep understanding of the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with chemistry as a subject.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

We aim to help you to come to a deep understanding of the concepts and skills associated at GCSE level. In addition, aspects of A level chemistry will be covered depending on the aptitudes and interests of the trainees.

Why Choose Us?

  • The SKE course is undertaken before starting an initial teacher training course. It is important that you have a conditional offer of a place on an initial teacher training course either at Birmingham City University or another provider before you start a SKE course
  • Please visit the Department for Education website for further information.
  • We have a long and successful track record in developing secondary teachers.
  • You will be taught by experts in your chosen subject field and work alongside your peers in an online environment
  • This course will boost your knowledge and understanding of this subject
  • Our course provides the ideal stepping stone to further study and achieve full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

The SKE chemistry course is suitable for graduates with a good degree from a UK higher education institution (or a recognised equivalent) who have sufficient chemistry knowledge to commence the course.

This could be through holding an A-level in chemistry, (not essential) having an element of science in your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject.

Applicants must also meet the Department for Education (DfE) requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

In addition to academic qualifications, candidates will be expected to have good communication and organisational skills, possess a desire to learn more about chemistry and demonstrate a commitment to teaching the subject.

To be eligible to start this course you MUST hold a conditional offer of a place on an initial teacher training course, for example a PGCE Secondary Chemistry course.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: (SKE)

Starting: Mar 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Blended Learning
  • 16 Weeks
  • TBC

Award: (SKE)

Starting: Apr 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Blended Learning
  • 12 Weeks
  • TBC

Award: (SKE)

Starting: May 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Blended Learning
  • 8 Weeks
  • TBC

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

DBS check

You will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this course. Your first DBS check is included in your fees.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Conference fees (optional)

You may wish to attend conferences during the course.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

How to apply

Once you have accepted a conditional offer onto a PGCE course you should apply using the link above. You will need to provide proof of this offer when you apply. Our admissions team will process your offer and further information will be sent to you. 

If you have any for further queries, please contact the Programme Lead for the SKE courses via email on: Leanne.Gould@bcu.ac.uk.

Course fees

Funding for these courses is reviewed annually by the Department for Education. You can find details on the DfE website.

Course in Depth

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Course in Depth

Recently approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry, our SKE chemistry is currently only 1 of 4 providers nationally that has been awarded this status.

The SKE Chemistry course is designed to help students to discover and appreciate the areas of Chemistry that need to be refreshed in order to teach Chemistry successfully within the School Curriculum. It forms part of a flexible suite of Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement and practical skills at KS3, KS4 and bridging the gap to KS5 (where suitable), which offers the Student a variety of possibilities and combinations to help them develop their own personal Chemistry SK to aide their specific needs.

The Chemistry SKE content will be given as taught practical sessions, independent/group directed tasks and first hand practical school experience. It is assessed by a combination of a practical university based course with the formation of a portfolio covering SK, misconceptions and practical work.

University's accreditation

Pre-initial teacher training Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are intensive programmes, which have been accredited by the Department for Education. 

As a provider of Initial Teacher Training  (ITT) Birmingham City University is regularly inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial. It inspects and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted inspections of ITT providers provide an expert and independent assessment of how well we are performing and the quality of teacher training offered. Information in the inspection report can help prospective trainees decide which universities suit their training needs.

In the latest Ofsted Inspection (March 2014) we were was awarded a grade 2 rating 'Good' for our primary and early years, secondary and post-compulsory education and training provision.

Employability

Enhancing your employability skills

After you have successfully completed a Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Chemistry course and then an initial teacher training course, for example a PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) course you will be ready to begin your career as a chemistry teacher in the secondary sector.

Facilities & Staff

Our facilities

Our School of Education and Social Work is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding the education facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice. Alongside classrooms and lecture theatres, we also have a range of specialist teaching and learning spaces for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.

As well as subject-specific rooms, our facilities include the Primary Innovation Lab, which houses £24,000 worth of LEGO. This room is a special resource for our education students, offering an innovative and creative way to approach subjects across the curriculum – from computing to English, mathematics to art. The lab responds to research that children and young people learn best from practical experience.

Our Social Work students have access to a home environment room and mock hospital wards which offer an opportunity to gain experience of working with service users in different situations.

Computer facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Leanne Gould

Senior Lecturer

Leanne is a senior lecturer in Science Education and has held management responsibility for QTS courses before moving into the role of Course Lead for SKE. Leanne teaches as part of the Science Education team on Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses as well as SKE courses.

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Kerry Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Kerry is currently leading the PGCE Science routes teaching on both the Professional Studies module and Subject Pedagogy module where she specialises in biology education.

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