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Become a chemistry teacher

A chemistry teacher with class
There is currently a shortage of chemistry teachers, and it is regarded as a shortage subject in the recruitment of trainees.

If you choose to embark on initial teacher training (ITT) in chemistry, bursaries of up to £25,000 are available. The amount of bursary you will be eligible for depends on your degree class.

As an alternative option to the standard bursaries, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has teacher training scholarships of £25,000 available to eligible chemistry trainees. Scholarships pay most eligible graduates at least £5,000 more than bursaries.

The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries. 

The RSC is looking for individuals who are passionate about chemistry, have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher and can therefore inspire the next generation of chemists. In addition to the funding, RSC Scholars will have access to a wide variety of RSC support including membership and networking opportunities. Visit the RSC website and apply for a scholarship to build a network of support on your journey to becoming a teacher.

To see what funding you might be entitled to, please visit our postgraduate funding page

Sarah Davy, a secondary science teacher, tells us what a typical day teaching chemistry involves (video produced by ESI Media)

Teaching chemistry is a massive challenge that requires great talent, but the rewards are equally great. In addition to excellent training, you will benefit from a competitive starting salary of a minimum of £22,023 a year (or £27,543 if you work in inner London), and brilliant chances for career progression once you have qualified. Many teachers are in a leadership position within two years – and a great teacher can earn up to £65,000 as a leading practitioner.

The demand for chemistry teachers underlines the importance of the job. In completing ITT, you will train to become a real asset to your school and community, so you can use your expertise to help young people build better futures.

You could be a new graduate or considering changing career for a more enticing challenge. Either way, now is the perfect time to apply to train as a chemistry teacher. The need for good teachers is not fleeting – you'll be training towards a career that offers progression, security, and job satisfaction that is hard to beat.

If you’re an engineering graduate or an experienced engineer looking for a change of career, visit our engineering pages to discover how you can use your skills in the classroom.

Extra support

We offer an enhanced support programme, Premier Plus, for people interested in teaching chemistry. If you're starting your training in the academic year 2015/16, you can receive:

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