Secondary Science with Biology PGCE with QTS (PGCE)

University of Huddersfield the United Kingdom

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The award
PGCE

How long you will study
1 Years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Secondary Science with Biology PGCE with QTS at University of Huddersfield

If you've got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school Biology teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Science with Biology) will help you on your way.You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.

A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools.You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.

Biology is an exciting subject to teach and there are opportunities for well qualified biology teachers. It is a National Curriculum core subject and is taught throughout schools. The course will enable you to explore what it means to teach biology and develop ways in which you teach it. You will examine the best practice of biology teaching and use a range of teaching strategies to challenge and inform your students.

Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range.

The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education. The programme is divided into two main themes:

Initial Professional Development

You'll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching and subject knowledge base to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include educational psychology, how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and develop your own educational philosophy.

Biology Specialist Subject Pedagogy

Subject sessions provide you with an understanding of subject pedagogy in biology and generic science sessions offer you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues such as 'practical aspects of science', assessment of science and literacy in science as well as the more practical considerations whilst teaching this subject. We help you to prepare for teaching all the sciences at Key Stage 3. We have a fully equipped science laboratory at the University to help develop your practice.

A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you're on placement. You'll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you'll spend around 120 days in at least two partner schools.

You'll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You'll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. Our partnership schools are situated across the local area including Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, and we'll endeavour to place you in a convenient location.

We know you're coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you're here (and after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance. Find out more about the Service.

*96.3% of our PGCE with QTS graduates went on to work and/or further study and 97.5% started graduate level employment within six months of graduating. DLHE survey 2014/15

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Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree in science (2:2 or above). If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
  • Two science A levels at a minimum of grade C or equivalent, with one subject being Biology.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
  • We would like you to have as much experience as possible in a secondary school in preparation for the course. We will ask you to provide a school experience report completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience.
  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.
  • You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
  • You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.

These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2018.

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