Science Foundation

PGCE INSPIRE (in partnership with Imperial College London)

Qualify as a teacher in just 10 months and join a network of colleagues who will help shape the future of science education.

INSPIRE (the Innovative Scheme for Postgraduates In Research and Education) is for people with a strong research background who want to qualify as teachers. It's an intensive 10-month PGCE, designed to bridge the gap between scientific research and school science by recruiting able researchers who are good communicators, and to develop the relationship between schools and Imperial College London.

As well as gaining a PGCE teaching qualification, participants are involved in INSPIRE activities which they develop with support from academic supervisors at Imperial College London. These activities allow schoolchildren to experience university level research activities, to participate in workshops, clubs and competitions, and to see cutting edge science in action with the aim of inspiring them to take their science education to the next level.

With very competitive benefits this course will allow you to qualify as a teacher, and begin to address the shortages of science specialists. As a participant, you'll engage with Master’s level research in educational theory and policy. This opens up your potential to go on to hugely influence the educational system within the UK and beyond by linking universities, schools and government bodies in understanding the role science education can play in our society.

  • An intensive induction programme throughout September followed by University-based sessions in half-terms and between placements in February.
  • Two placements of school practice within two different partner schools allowing rapid development towards the PGCE qualification.
  • Integrated INSPIRE activities such as science clubs, competitions, trips, presentations and much more during the first seven months.
  • A total of 4 weeks off-timetable in December, National Science Week in March and May, delivering outreach in partner schools.
  • Master’s level tasks tailored to allow post-grads to analyse how best to bring their scientific expertise into the school context.
  • INSPIRE activities are counted as school experience allowing the programme to finish at the end of May. This increases employment opportunities for those that complete the course.

Personalised face-to-face support of tutors from Canterbury Christ Church University and mentors within placement schools will allow you to develop effective teaching skills quickly.

A supervisor from Imperial College London will support you in developing activities and partnerships to inspire young minds.

As a member of the programme you'll gain access to a strong network of colleagues within schools and universities – people who will help shape the future of science education

Through a portfolio of evidence and academic assignments.

Applications are welcomed from those who will have a PhD, MSc in physics, chemistry or engineering by the September in which they begin the course.

Please contact Mark Hardman, the Programme Director for informal discussion about the course or application process.


Tel: 07912 363 106

For details of the latest vacancies, recruitment events and interview dates, please see Imperial College website:

Applicants from EEA (European Economic Area) or with resident status are eligible for an enhanced bursary, above any other PGCE programme. For details please visit

Participants work towards a Master’s level Post- Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Fact file


  • 10 months full-time

Entry requirements

  • A Masters or Doctoral Level qualification in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering


  • London



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