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PGCE Secondary Biology with QTS (including School Direct)


Course Description

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher. We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, credited with delivering "high levels of academic and pastoral care" - Ofsted Report 2016.

Why Study Secondary Biology with QTS with us?

The course allows you to teach Secondary Science with a focus on your specialism. You will develop your subject knowledge, practical skills and pedagogy in all aspects of science at KS3, whilst also developing your expertise in your preferred discipline of Biology at KS4 and KS5 depending on your degree and experience.

Science enhanced with Biology

For this you need a good honours degree with a significant proportion of Biology plus the ability to demonstrate an enthusiasm for science and science education. Again a there is a wide selection of degrees which will be considered.

The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements.

What will I learn?

In essence, the course will start you on your professional journey as a teacher. We aim to provide high-quality education and training, and modules will provide you with:
- critical understanding of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum
- critical knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist age phases and subjects
- critical knowledge and understanding of wider professional issues, e.g. behaviour management and inclusive practice
- enrichment opportunities at least 120 days of school-based learning.

How will I be taught?

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching.
You will be expected to undertake 10 independent preparation and consolidation study hours (minimum) per week for the University course, in addition to full teaching days when on placement.

How will I be assessed?

Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities.

School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

Visit the PGCE Secondary Biology with QTS (including School Direct) page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally: - hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 degree with a significant proportion of Biology plus the ability to demonstrate an enthusiasm for science and science education. - have relevant experience in state schools (minimum 10 days) - have grade C in English Language and Maths - have to pass the NCTL skills tests in literacy and numeracy by June 2017Apply online at: View Website

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