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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    28 March 2019

As a biology teacher, you will enhance pupils' understanding of themselves and the world around them, preparing them to succeed in a range of important careers.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is designed to prepare you in becoming a professional, competent and reflective secondary school teacher of science, with biology as a specialist subject. Your studies will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged eleven to sixteen and beyond. 

The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that "Scientists appreciate the enhancement groups where they further build on their knowledge by sharing each other's expertise. As a consequence, the trainees' and newly qualified teachers' enthusiasm and confidence in the subjects they teach motivate and inspire pupils to learn and make progress."

As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Master's-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Partnerships

We work in collaboration with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. We also partner with the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons, who will support your training in the area of fieldwork, conservation and ecology. Additionally, you will receive free resources and ideas on how to plan engaging lessons in plant biology from Science and Plants for Schools.

Degree structure

Our one-year programme comprises two elements: 

  • 60 days of university-based teaching 
  • 120 days of school-based experience. 

Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here, you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and biology teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

Learning and experience

Our university-based workshops also offer strong support. You will have easy access to tutors as well as online materials. Here, we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum and address all relevant government standards. Other topics of study will include planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management. There is also the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from other subject areas.

During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils within the context of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.

You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. This will fully equip you to be formally assessed against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What you will study

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

Careers

Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings, such as: 

  • Teaching science and/or biology in a secondary school
  • Head of science
  • Teaching and learning responsibilities for cross-curricular projects
  • STEM involvement and collaboration.

We are offering pre-programme Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses to prepare you to teach in your specialist subject area and enhance your subject knowledge.

For more information on our SKE courses, click here.

SKE courses can range from 8 weeks-24 weeks. Studying an SKE course will mean that you may also be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary.

For more information regarding funding for SKE courses, please visit the Get into Teaching website.


Visit the Secondary Education Science with Biology PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

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