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Physics and Biology specialist but want to add Chemistry too

Discussion in 'Science' started by ainehallahan, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. I studied a BSC Ed in Biological Science Education with Physics at Uni which enables me to teach physics and biology to A level. I would like to add Chemistry to the subjects I can teach to A level but I'm not sure of where I can do this and of what the financial implications of doing it are. I've been teaching science for over 3 years now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. HI a couple of years ago i completed the science additional specialism (SASP) course in physics which included teaching up to A level. Involved one afternoon off from school to attend a university. Not sure if the course is still running and had an additonal bonus of a £5000 incentive paid for completing the course. Any cover involved was also paid.
  3. Thanks for that. Looks like that's exactly what I need [​IMG]
  4. The SASP course has now ended, but the National Science Learning Centre are running something similar, but with less funding. It's something like SKE+ now I think. https://www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk/centres/south-west/science-knowledge-enhancement-plus-ske-1?searchterm=SKE+ (sorry can't link - am in CHrome)
  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    As you can teach biology and physics to A level alreeady I'd be wary of taking on chemistry too. Most schools prefer a specialist at A level and by that I mean someone with degree knowledge of their subject.
    Also you can find yourself jack of all trades and master of none. I teach A level biology, have studied chemistry at uni as my secondary subject (secondary to biological science) and could teach A level chemistry if I wished. However, it has taken years of hard work to get to a level of competence in A level biology that I consider excellent. I would not be able to deliver chemistry to the same degree of competence.
    The problem is, at this level you will find yourself teaching students far more clever than you. They will ask challenging questions and if you are not 200% competent you will struggle to keep up with these students and enrich the curriculum for them.
    I beleive it is possible to be an excellent teacher of all 3 sciences up to GCSE. I do not beleive it is possible to be an excellent teacher of all 3 sciences up to A level. 2 sciences to AS maybe, but not to A2.
    I think you'd be better off doing CPD in biology and/or physics. Leave chemistry to the chemists.
  6. [​IMG] Agree totally. To OP - it takes years of experience to teach just one of these subjects to A level properly.
  7. Thanks, I appreciate the honesty. Personally, physics is my first love. Will keep an eye on physics CPD. [​IMG]

  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Are you trying to monopolise the A level teaching in your school, or making sure that you get none of the nasty little younger children? This may make you unpopular with colleagues.
    If you want to spend all your time doing A level, best thing is to go to a sixth form college.
  9. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    I think the OP was looking more about hie employability in the future than just teaching A level. I only have one colleague who teaches more than one science A level (and one ex colleague). If you are a physics specialist you may become the only A level teacher anyway so would be teaching a fairly heavy KS5 load anyway.

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