Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of science, able to teach scientific concepts in a variety of inspiring ways.
Build your knowledge and skills in teaching science in secondary schools through subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars, working independently and collaboratively; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Intermediate qualifications available:
• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training
• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary music, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the music classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
• The Professional Teacher • The Reflective Teacher* • The Research Informed Teacher* • The Subject Specialist
*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level
Science is an exciting and rapidly progressing subject that is challenging to teach. During the course you will spend around 70% of your time in placement schools developing the skills and experience necessary to teach scientific concepts in a variety of ways. You will attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of the content of the science curriculum, general professional issues, and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment.
You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective and research informed practitioner. You will train to teach science to at least GCSE level with a specialism in physics.
You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits.
The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities, which define the level at which you meet the standards.
Your assignments and documentary evidence are managed through a webfolio, bringing together your experiences and activities into a coherent structure. It will help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, enabling you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.
Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.
The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.
On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.