Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Chemistry with Secondary Education (QTS)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching chemistry.

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching chemistry.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code X330
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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Why choose this course?

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching chemistry. It will give you chemistry knowledge at degree level and ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained secondary school. You will study your chemistry modules at our Wolverhampton campus and your  education modules at our Walsall Campus. You will also spend at least 120 days divided between a range of different schools at different times during the three year course. As a trainee you will learn how to teach chemistry to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements.

This course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.


What happens on the course?

  • Over the three year course, you undertake six semesters of University-based learning at both Wolverhampton and Walsall Campuses, and you spend at least 120 days divided between a range of different schools at different times during the three years.
  • Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have high-quality tuition and school placements, where you can learn from experienced teachers and lecturers.
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style
  • You will study chemistry beyond school level so you have an appreciation of the subject beyond that which you would normally teach at GCSE level. This means you would have the subject knowledge to teach A Level Chemistry. You will however expected to participate actively in your own learning and professional development of other aspects of the science curriculum.
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including practical work for both demonstration and individual investigation, teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets.
  • You will be assessed in a variety of ways including examinations, written assignments. laboratory work, classroom based investigations and other school-based activities, and appraisals of practical teaching skills.


  • Typical modules may include:
    • Aspects of chemistry that build on your level 3 knowledge through teaching by members of the university chemistry team. Topics will include Organic and inorganic chemistry, physical and analytical chemistry plus associated practical work
    • Education theory modules which you be able to implement during your school based training
    • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
    • You will have a tutor who will provide guidance and academic counselling for all the chemistry topics you will study and a separate tutor to guide your work in schools.
    • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
    • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
    • Research in the University and school on the use of practical work in the teaching of your subject 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This degree will give you both chemistry knowledge at degree level and the professional qualification QTS and these will allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.

This course will enable you to move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:

  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)

Ultimately, you could progress within a school to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils.

Following successful completion of this award you will be awarded an honours degree.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • The three years will be spent both in university based learning and an amount of time each year will be spent in school. Your first two years will be primarily concerned with developing your chemistry subject knowledge with only short periods of time in schools. You will then undertake two more extended block teaching placements during your final year. Each placement is organised so that it starts with time in the school and at University.
  • Your university education tutor is available to assist you throughout your school-based training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers.
  • We will try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools. The education based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.


  • The course starts in September and ends in June: this is the quickest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify as a qualified teacher of chemistry. 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

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Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations, Key Skills Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2.


Typical entry requirements: 112 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades BBC including Chemistry at grade C and others preferably in Science subjects and Mathematics (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades D*D*
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award) - Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Important Requirements

As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach. Further information regarding the interview process can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.

We will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education.


Interview and Selection

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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