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Subject enhancement course (Science) - is this usual??

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Sunnyday50, May 22, 2019.

  1. Sunnyday50

    Sunnyday50 New commenter

    My husband is hoping to do a PGCE in Science with Chemistry next year but has just been told by one of the universities that he would have to do a "subject enhancement course". This would apparently be a 7 month long online course, which you can only be accepted on after you've been offered a place on a PGCE. We're very surprised and confused by this, as he has all of the qualifications and experience listed in the course requirements - a 2:1 BSc Hons in Chemistry with Physics, graduating 2 years ago, plus several years experience working as a Chemistry technician and demonstrator in an 11-18 school and a university. When he queried why this course would be needed, he was just told that it's because the GCSE and A level syllabi have changed a lot over the last couple of years.
    Is it usual for applicants to have to do this course?? Are other universities likely to say the same thing when they get back to him?
     
  2. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Not at all. That’s a tall long ask. He has a choice of three providers and forty days to make his choices. The other two are unlikely to make him do the course.
    On another note, he can do it online and it pays £200 a week. Some people see it as helpful. It’s not a huge amount of work each week.
     
  3. Sunnyday50

    Sunnyday50 New commenter

    That's interesting - they didn't mention anything about £200 a week, we assumed that if anything, he might have to pay to do it! It's unfortunate that it's so late in the application season, as his options are limited by some universities having closed their applications now (including the main uni he was interested in), he was originally intending to apply to start in 2020 but a few of our circumstances have changed and it would work much better for him to begin the course this year instead.
    Another thing we'd like to know is whether universities offer online interviews, as we're currently overseas and won't be back in the UK until July. One uni he spoke to were adamant that they would only do interviews in person, which seems surprising given that they have so many overseas students - it doesn't seem realistic for them to have all had to go to the UK for a face to face interview.
     

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