Again, for sciences you typically take the course "with science" where you will learn to teach all three sciences up to National 5/GCSE and to teach your specialist subject up to A level/Advanced Higher. So they are qualified and should have sufficient knowledge.(Original post by offhegoes)
At GCSE-equivalent level in Scotland? Do you have a source for this? As far as I understand anyone without degree-level credits in a subject can't be timetabled for such a class beyond short-term cover. I can imagine England is much more relaxed on this, given TA's can cover classes there and so on.
A PGCE teaches someone to teach based on them already having sufficient knowledge in that subject area.
I fully agree someone with a non-sciences background teaching science isn't something to recommend, but it happens where there are serious shortages. (Incidentally I wouldn't recommend a science teacher teaching, say, art either).
I can't find any easy source with a google, by my wife is a science teacher and is required to teach the other two sciences up to national 5 level (if necessary, in reality they have a shortage of her science so it rarely happens). Likewise it was clearly stated to me in my PGDE interview that I would be required to teach the other two subjects up to national 5 level and that my studies would include lessons in the other two sciences/how to teach them.
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