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Dear Theo, would like to teach A level Chemistry

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by dalton, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. dalton

    dalton New commenter

    Hello Theo, when I was doing my teaching practice I did not have the opportunity to plan and teach A level chemistry, even though my teaching qualification says 11-19. Also whilst teaching I have never had the opportunity at the schools that I taught. I would like to get some experience and guidance in doing so, but I am on supply and not teaching. Could you give an ideas on how to start this. I've looked at subject knowledge enhancement courses but none that can help me. Any advice.
    Thank you
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Why shouldn't you teach A-level Chemistry?

    Or to put it differently, why should you?

    What's your degree? What's your PGCE?

    Best wishes

  3. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    Schools are under so much pressure for results that if they have experienced staff to teach A Level chances are they will not give classes to trainees.

    Same if you're new to a school. I taught A -Level in my second year...not my NQT, or my training.
  4. dalton

    dalton New commenter

    Thank you all. @TheoGiff, I would like to be able to teach A level Chemistry confidently. A lot of schools are asking for candidates to be able to teach A level and that puts me off. My degree and teaching is in Chemistry but that was 1992. not sure what to do.
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    So you are qualified in Chemistry. Schools will generally be keen to have a scientist with an actual Chemistry qualification, so that's a big plus.

    Do I understand that you have been teaching since 1992? But only 11-16?

    You should be able to teach A-level with a degree. So what you need to do is this:

    1) Familiarise yourself with the specifications for A-level Chemistry from the different Awarding Bodies. Anything there that you don't understand or know about? No, thought not.

    2) Buy A-level textbooks and work through them. Amazon has OCR, AQA and Edexcel orientated books.

    Having done that, and with a Chemistry degree under your belt, you should surely be able to teach A-level Chemistry, even if you have no experience of it.

    Best wishes


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