The PGCE Secondary Biology (11-16 or 11-18) course consists of avariety of learning experiences designed for those wishing to train asteachers. The majority of the course focuses upon practical training inteaching and learning related skills. This practical training isunderpinned by the development of participants knowledge andunderstanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancingtheir awareness of current educational issues and developments. TheSecondary course prepares graduates to teach the National Curriculum andrelated national strategies, GCSE, AS and A2 level. For the purposes ofgaining Qualified Teacher Status, trainees focus upon the 11-16 agerange. Learning takes place through a number of school and universitybased elements. There will be extended periods of school experience which will provideopportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least twodifferent Secondary Schools. A total of approximately 25 weeks duringthe PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types ofSchool.
Our School Direct routes involve joint selection of candidates bySchools and University tutors. When choosing a School Direct route,applicants should identify the particular arrangement that the SchoolDirect Lead School has made for delivery of School Direct with theUniversity of Manchester as these will involve different patterns oftraining. Applicants should also clarify the 'expectations' to employby the Lead School.For full information on this course please visit the School of Environment, Education and Development's Manchester Institute of Education website.