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?