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Course content

About the course

The Science course aims to help trainee teachers build the confidence and skills needed to develop as successful teachers. The course is designed to prepare trainee teachers to teach Science in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, and their specialism at Key Stage 4 and post-16 courses, including AS and A2 levels courses.

Course content

Core modules:

Learning to Teach 1: Introduction to Teaching Skills

The Learning to Teach 1 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method.
Trainees will also be introduced to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).

Learning to Teach 2: Development of Teaching Skills

The Learning to Teach 2 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a confident and sound grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method.
This module provides a consolidation to the theory and practice of teaching in the secondary school through main subject method work and practical teaching.
Trainees will also be guided further to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).

PGCE (Secondary): Professional Studies

This module will principally address the role of the `reflective teacher? within the context of continuing professional development. It will focus on getting trainees to take increasing responsibility for their own professional development. This module gives trainees the opportunity to explore in depth an area of study related to the education of learners in Secondary schools.
Furthermore, the module provides opportunity to explore, examine, analyse, and critically evaluate selected factors that contribute to effective teaching and learning.

Assessment

In all university-based sessions student teachers are expected to be active participants.

Coursework is practically oriented and closely related to teaching and learning. The University teaching team has extensive science teaching experience across the Science curriculum. The Science course at Aberystwyth University was inspected by ESTYN in January 2007 and was awarded a Grade 1 (Outstanding).

Early in the course student teachers are introduced to a range of schemes and strategies currently in use in secondary Science teaching. You look at how children learn and develop. You will consider factors to be taken into account when developing lessons which are interesting, balanced and relevant to learners’ needs. You have opportunities to explore the different ways in which pupils can develop understanding in science, and to become familiar with a variety of resources that can be used to support these.

Trainee teachers will prepare and demonstrate practical work of the kind undertaken by pupils and be encouraged to think about the implications for classroom organisation and management. A range of teaching approaches will be explored. Other important aspects of work at this stage in the course are laboratory safety, lesson planning, lesson evaluation and the use of ICT in science teaching.

In addition to the science, the PGCE course also prepares trainee teachers for cross-curricular themes and educational issues, including:

Key skills
Welsh Baccalaureate
First aid
Child protection
Health education
Assessment
Education for global citizenship and sustained development
Curriculum Cymreig

Visit the PGCE - Chemistry with Balanced Science page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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