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I love to teach science because it gives the students the chance to learn about the world around them from a Physical, Chemical and Biological view whilst applying two key skills, problem solving and critical thinking. The awe and wonder it can bring, coupled with the range of theory and practical skills within each lesson mean that no two lessons are the same! Being able to catch a child’s imagination within lessons makes teaching science amazing!

Simon Harvey, Science Teacher Weydon School

What are students taught in Science at secondary school level?

You will be expected to teach across all specialisms at Key Stage 3:

Cells to Systems Particles and Solutions Forces
Reproduction Key chemistry and the periodic table Energy
Digestion and Circulation Chemical Reactions and Energetics Waves
Respiration, Inheritance and Selection Patterns of Reactivity and Materials Electricity and Magnetism
Ecology Environmental Chemistry Motions, Moments and Pressure

Plus How Science Works projects

Chemistry KS4 (GCSE level)

  • Atomic Structure

  • The periodic table

  • Structure and bonding

  • Chemical calculations

  • Chemical changes

  • Electrolysis

  • Energy changes

  • Rates and equilibrium

  • Crude oil and fuels

  • Organic reactions 

  • Polymers

  • Chemical analysis

  • The Earth’s atmosphere

  • The Earth’s resources

  • Using our resources

How is Chemistry taught?

Science classes are taught in a lab with a basic set of generic equipment such as goggles, clamp stands and Bunsen Burners as well as other teaching essentials such as a white board, an interactive board / projector.

Science is a practical subject, although certain specialisms have more practical content than others. 

Each department has Science Technicians who can provide support and offer advice for practical work as well as help coordinate individual practical lessons by supplying the specific equipment required. 

Health and Safety within a Science lab is key especially when conducting practical investigations.

What else should I be aware of regarding the teaching of Science?

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Science Club: 

  • A lunch time club that students opt in to attend

  • A great way to enthuse students with practical investigations that are not included within the national curriculum. 

British Science Week:

  • Usually takes place in May and is a celebration of Science, Technology and Engineering.

  • Lessons are dedicated to the awe and wonder of Science.

  • Other activities and demos take place in between lesson time throughout            the week. 

Next Steps and How To Apply

  • Come and see us to find out more at one of our numerous Events
  • Apply to our School Experience Programme and visit one or more of our schools to observe lessons and chat with current teachers
  • Applying for teacher training in Chemistry need not necessarily be held back due to weaknesses in subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a fully funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme.
  • Find out what Funding and Financial support is available
  • Fill out our Enquiry Form
  • Apply Now via DfE Apply
    • Programme code: 2LMW
    • Provider code: 24X

Places on our teacher training programmes are highly sought after and so you should submit your application as early as possible. Our team is here to help you navigate this process and to answer any questions you have. 


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