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International: £13,650 per year
This course scored 93% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Develop a deep understanding of science, and learn how to communicate it effectively.
- Attain Qualified Teacher Status after just three years.
- Graduate with extensive hands-on teaching experience.
- Benefit from a 90%+ course employment record.
- Hone your knowledge and specialise in one scientific area.
Develop a broad understanding of all three sciences and cultivate depth in your specialist subject, whilst gaining the practical experience and theory you need to teach effectively. You graduate with Qualified Teacher Status, ready to inspire the next generation in a subject with a national shortage of qualified teachers.
Watch student Katie Burns talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
This course encourages the application of your scientific and teaching knowledge in real settings. You undertake 24 weeks placement across two or more secondary schools, reinforced by diverse and enriching lessons from our highly experienced science and education tutors. You acquire a specialist knowledge of science, and the rounded expertise required to effectively teach it.
You learn through
- dual academic emphasis on science and education
- 24 weeks of in-school experience, starting at one day per week in first year
- longer placements in second and third year
- wide-ranging teaching methods, with collaborative and individual studies
- purpose-built labs that reflect the school environment
Starting from one day per week in your first year to longer periods in your second and third, you work in schools to gain practical experience vital for teaching. You are assigned a school-based mentor to help develop your practical skills and apply theoretical knowledge, helping you to work up from individual students to full classes. While training, you will always have support available from experienced members of staff in all your classes.
Sheffield Hallam has strong links to regional secondary schools to ensure your training is of the highest quality. Many of our graduates attain full time employment in our partnership placement schools.
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The majority of graduates go directly into employment as fully qualified teachers. Science teachers remain in short supply meaning employment prospects are excellent, with the starting salary in 2017/18 a minimum of Â£22,917. Transferable skills are also developed throughout the course, allowing for alternative career routes.
This course prepares you for a career in
- academia, as a researcher via Masters level study and PhD
- local authority/voluntary sector worker or researcher
- non-government organisations (NGO) administrative and research posts
- enrichment work with young people
- more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service
Student success story
Hassun wanted to make a difference, so volunteered at the Calais migrant camp, helping provide the children there with access to education and a safe teaching environment.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- purpose-built laboratories that reflect the secondary teaching environment
- experienced and supportive technicians
- excellent lecture and seminar rooms
- specially-designed student work areas for group or individual use
This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a science subject or 48 points from a dual award or two separate sciences. For example:
- BBC at A Level including a relevant subject(s).
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.
- English Language at grade C or 4, or equivalent*
- Mathematics at grade C or 4, or equivalent*
- Two GCSEs in Science (or a double award) at grade C or 4, or equivalent*
Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.
• Access - 60 credits with at least 45 at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. Typically at least 30 level 3 credits should be in science; more than 30 credits and/or study from a variety of the three science specialisms would be an advantage.
• Foundation year - successfully completing our Extended Degree in Biosciences or equivalent
You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Prior to your application, we highly recommend you visit a secondary school to gain an insight into contemporary approaches to teaching science in the UK. Studying more than one science subject at level 3 is advantageous. Offers are made on the basis of you specialising in biology, chemistry or physics.
Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.
Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.
If you already have an undergraduate degree you are not eligible to apply for this course.
* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
* GCSE science equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
|Module: Biology Foundations||Credits: 20||
|Module: Chemistry Foundations||Credits: 20||
|Module: Further Biology||Credits: 20||
|Module: Further Chemistry||Credits: 20||
|Module: Further Physics||Credits: 20||
|Module: Physics Foundations||Credits: 20||
|Module: Practice In The Context Of Learning And Teaching||Credits: 20||
|Module: Chemistry In Action (M)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Contemporary Biology (M)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Extending Biology||Credits: 20|
|Module: Extending Chemistry||Credits: 20|
|Module: Extending Physics||Credits: 20|
|Module: School Based Training 1||Credits: -|
|Module: Turning Points In Physics (M)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Chemistry In Action (S)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Contemporary Biology (S)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Developing Learning And Teaching Within The Curriculum||Credits: 20|
|Module: Subject Investigation A||Credits: 20|
|Module: Turning Points In Physics (S)||Credits: 20|
|Module: School Based Training 2||Credits: -|
|Module: Science Education In Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Subject Specialism: Individual Project||Credits: 40|
|Module: The Nature Of Science And Industry||Credits: 20|
|Module: Professional Studies In Education||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/2021 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting this course in 2019/20 are £9,250 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF)
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